Printmaking at DVSA
About our programs
Printmaking is the process of transferring an image to a surface (paper, cloth) using a variety of techniques. One of the oldest art forms, printmaking is undergoing a resurgence, drawing a new generation of artists to the medium.
Printmaking could be the creation of an ink stamp to transfer an image or it might be the more complex method of silk-screening (or screen printing), where an image is transferred onto a screen and ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee to create a print. With many varying techniques of printmaking available to the artist for exploration, it makes for a challenging and unique art form.
The DVSA Print Studio serves the Hamilton/Burlington region and is located in the front corner of the school – an inspiring space with plenty of natural light available through the tall ground windows. The studio is well equipped, offering a dark room, printing press, washing and drying stations and multiple work spaces for screen printing and more. Class sizes are small – no more than 12 – with ample opportunities for group and individual instruction and access to a thriving collective of passionate printmakers willing to share their ideas and knowledge.
A key and unique tenet of the DVSA Print Studio philosophy is to offer a completely non-toxic environment. Traditional printmaking methods often call for toxic inks and chemicals, rooted in the belief that these products produce the best results. Taking advantage of the latest technology and research, our Print Studio has adopted progressive non-toxic printing methods that generate stellar results while minimizing health risks to our artists.
Printmaking classes at Dundas Valley School of Art are designed to accommodate printers of varying levels, from beginners to advanced. Students engage in a range of different projects, from silkscreening with one-colour separation to more complex works that involve five-colour separation and photo transfer techniques. Other printmaking techniques explored include intaglio and relief, mono-print, linocut, silk aquatint, wood cut and different kinds of non-toxic intaglio etching. Desired results may be something very attainable, like creating cards or T-shirts, or creating more sophisticated works of art to be displayed and/or sold in a gallery.
As a beginner, you can expect to learn the fundamentals of printing, starting with silkscreening and linocut or mono printing. By the end of an initial course, you should have a fairly good understanding of the printmaking process and have made a series of prints from your own designs.
Intermediate and advanced printers can expect to be taught new techniques and tackle projects that introduce an increasing level of complexity and challenge. Experienced printers gain more independence when utilizing the studio, making use of a space that has been organized to provide a good flow in terms of producing work. Our instructors, all who are also working artists, offer continual mentorship and creative guidance.