This program is for high school sophomores and juniors who have a demonstrated ability and appreciation for art and a shown the desire to learn printmaking. It is modeled after traditional apprenticeship programs, where students are immersed in the skill development of a particular medium. Students learn various techniques of printmaking, be introduced to the technical end of creating prints, as well as how a studio is set up and run and the language of art and printmaking. Participating students are expected to produce a portfolio of prints and editions, suitable for the college application process. All materials are paid for by the Center. The classes meet once a week throughout the academic year.
There is the potential to participate in a second year of the program. In this second year, students are expected to define, plan, budget and complete a project by the end of the year. There is an exhibition at the end of the year which the students help organize and hang, as well as write an artist’s statement. Second-year students also are expected to help incoming students with their prints.