Wayne State University


Curriculum Guide

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Pamela DeLaura
(MFA Tyler School of Art) Associate Professor of Printmaking
Research Interests: Collaboration; interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary. Printmaking; all print media including mixed-print processes and book arts.

Program description

What is this program?

Wayne State University's printmaking program offers both the complete range of traditional media and methods as well as recent approaches exploring new technologies. Housed in four separate studios, plus a darkroom and a papermaking lab, printmaking is able to offer highly specialized modern facilities. The recent addition of new presses and rebuilding of the intaglio enhanced students' ability to work with any media or approach they choose. Small classes enable students to receive personal attention and feedback. Printmaking majors are often assigned semi-private spaces to be used as their "studio." In addition, an exhibition area adjacent to the printmaking studios features ongoing shows of and about prints.

What will I study?

  • To train students to work in a wide range of the materials, techniques, and tools of printmaking.
  • To gain an understanding in the fundamentals of and opportunities for creative expression in print media.
  • To develop an awareness of the traditions and history of printmaking media and techniques.
  • To train students in the mechanics of creating editions.
  • An interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavour.

What makes this program unique?

Intaglio Studio
33" Takach Motorized Etching Press
39" Takach Etching Press
25" Takach Etching Press
Separate ventilated acid room – zinc, copper, photo-polymer, aqua plate – nitric, mordant, ferric chlorine etchants
Lithography Studio
Ventilated studio with attached darkroom
2 34" Takach Litho process
Collection of Bavarian Limestone includes sizes up to and including 25"X38"
Darkroom Alternative Photo Processes
Large 2 person graining sink
Relief/Screen Studio
Electric Relief Press
64" Exposure Unit
HP 24" InkJet Printer
Intaglio, Lithography, Relief and Serigraphy
Alternative Photo Processes in Printmaking
Papermaking and Bookmaking
Undergraduate/Graduate Printmaking Print Major Studio
Printmaking majors have individual workspaces
Graduate Students have additional separate studios
Student Groups
Print Detroit 258 (Wayne State University)
Southern Graphics Council
Mid America Print Council

What does the program prepare me for?

Independent Printmaker/Artist
Printmaking Technician
Professional Printer for Print Shops
Master Printer for Artists