The Study Center is open seasonally in our Viewing Room. As part of our mission to be a resource and learning center for students, artists, and educators, we have curated a small and instructive display of printmaking tools and techniques in our viewing room. We’ve included examples of intaglio and relief printmaking styles for reference and have juxtaposed examples of matrices and their printed counterparts for further examination. The Study Center also functions as a small library of printmaking books and we welcome visitors to sit, study, and enjoy.
The Study Center is open to all visitors and we encourage students and classes in particular to come and learn more about printmaking.
|What is a print?
Technically, a print is any image that is transferred from a matrix. A matrix is a physical surface that can be manipulated to hold ink. Most, though not all, matrices are able to print the same image many times.How is a color print made?
There are several ways to make a multi-color print, but the most common is to print a different matrix for each color. The matrices are precisely aligned and sequentially printed on a sheet of paper to produce a composite image.What are the inscriptions on the bottom of the print?
Traditionally, signifying inscriptions are written in pencil at the bottom of a print. Reading from left to right, the inscriptions indicate the edition number, the title of the artwork, and the artist’s name (and sometimes the date).