Art students at Bowdoin utilize a wide range of traditional and cutting edge printmaking techniques. Our printmaking classes use the techniques of etching and intaglio printing, silkscreen, woodcut relief printing, letterpress, book arts, and photo-printmaking. We exercise sustainable practices in our printmaking facility whenever possible, working with non-toxic acrylic etching grounds and cleaning up without solvents. The facilities include a print workshop with etching presses and outdoor patio work area, a bright and spacious non-toxic etching room, a brand new silkscreen facility equipped for large-format screen-making, and a letterpress and book arts classroom. Printmaking students have 24-hour key card access to all areas of the printmaking facility and student teaching assistants are often available to support students working after hours.
Takach American French Tool Intaglio Press, 78" x 34" press bed
Tabletop Intaglio Press, 32" x 12" press bed
Inking tables with large hotplate
Plate cutter, 44" wide
Vertical tanks for etching with ferric chloride
Spray booth and hot box for acrylic aquatint
Oven for heating acrylic roll-on grounds
Variety of aluminum frames up to 25" x 36"
NuArc screen exposure unit, 31" x 40"
Screen darkroom including exposure and washout rooms
Poco Tabletop Proof Press
Metal and wood type in a variety of fonts