Printmaking is an attractive medium of expression in that: it serves as an indirect communication vehicle; the materials used convey a strong sense of physical reality; and it is a robustly physical form of expression with a variety of print types.
The printmaking studio teaches basic printmaking techniques through practical training in the four main print technologies of copperplate, lithography, wood-block printing, and screen-printing. In addition to deepening student understanding of the characteristics of expression for each print type, it deepens creativity and research based on the historical and social backgrounds in which printmaking has evolved while incorporating the plethora of artistic genres that have developed since printmaking first appeared as a simple printing medium.
Since 1970, the program has provided two years of basic training for undergraduates as part of a program transferred from the third year of the Oil Painting Course. Currently the curriculum is under review. Since 1967, this studio, which serves as a communal workshop within the university, has opened its doors to those enrolled in the Oil Painting, Japanese Painting, and Art and Education courses as well as the Design (through 1975) and Aesthetics and Art History departments, based on intensive lectures on basic methods and techniques. While continuing to serve as one component of an overall education in the painting arts in accordance with each of these curricula, the program also pursues training and research specific to print expression, seeking to develop in individuals the skills and capabilities needed to contribute to society at large and to develop artists capable of thriving not just in Japan but internationally, based on foundations incorporating the basic methods and techniques of each print type and research into printmaking materials.