Printmaking

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

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    • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
       
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    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
    • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

    Amount: $1000

    Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

    Application:

    Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    S. Chase Hutchison, MFA headshot
    Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art
    Phone: 970.943.2035
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 240

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     ART 246 - Introduction to Photography (3 credits)

    An introduction to contemporary photographic technique incorporating traditional black-and-white analogue photography alongside digital photographic practice and procedure. Lectures introduce topic areas that the student must exercise in lab sessions. Students must supply their own "quality" 35mm or 120mm camera. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 257 - Introduction to Printmaking (3 credits)

    An introduction to the basic techniques of printmaking including lithography, woodcut, etching, and the collagraph. Emphasis is on the traditional approaches in printmaking. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 280 - Introduction to Painting (3 credits)

    An introduction to oil painting, using basic tools, materials, techniques, and the development of compositional methods. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 286 - Introduction to Watercolor (3 credits)

    An introduction to both the traditional and contemporary methods of watercolor. The various watercolor media are explored. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 357 - Intermediate Printmaking (3 credits)

    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction.Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction ofstudy. Prerequisite: ART 257.

     ART 457 - Advanced Printmaking I (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 357.

     ART 458 - Advanced Printmaking II (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 457.

     ART 459 - Advanced Printmaking III (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual printmaking direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 458.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    The Printmaking emphasis covers a wide span of time from 15th-century technology to contemporary methods. Equal attention is given to ideas and technique. The program utilizes a workshop environment that emphasizes each student's individual effort under the guidance of the instructor. Engaging in cross-disciplinary work is encouraged; successful students gain experience in drawing, two-dimensional problem-solving and color theory.

    Printmaking students have access to facilities including three etching presses, two stone lithography presses, three relief presses, a process camera, a professional photomechanical darkroom, scanners, and laser and large format color printers. The printmaking program doesn't merely reflect trends; it also sets them.

    Facilities & Equipment

    Department equipment includes three etching presses, two stone lithography presses, three relief presses, a process camera, a professional photomechanical darkroom, 25 Macintosh computers, computer scanners, and laser and large format color printers. As professor Chase Hutchison says, "The printmaking program doesn't always reflect trends; it also sets them."

    Learn More

    Reach out to S. Chase Hutchison, MFA for more information.