Printmaking studio press

Printmaking: From Light to Ink

Explore traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques for transferring images photographically to intaglio and screenprint. This course encourages exploration of and technical experimentation in using drawings, photographs and computer-generated visual information as components of a print. Furthermore, students master the darkroom and printmaking skills necessary to bring their ideas from conception to printed edition. As a result, each student completes a final portfolio of prints ranging from black-and-white etchings to four-color separation screenprints. The course is suitable for all—beginning, intermediate and advanced art and design students—and its structure allows repeating students and advanced-level printmakers to concentrate in a print area of their choice.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Course #1790
Henry Ferreira

Schedule B
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Henry Ferreira

Henry Ferreira received his MFA from RISD in printmaking in 1980 and returned the following year to teach; he is now associate professor and head of the Printmaking department. In addition to teaching at RISD, he worked briefly as an illustrator for Raytheon Corp. in Newport, RI and has taught in Pont Avon, France; San Miguel and Cuernavaca, Mexico; and at RISD’s Cenci intaglio studio in Rome, Italy. Ferreira’s work is built on a deep respect for craft. He uses skills acquired through years of practice to explore and execute content-driven pieces. His recent work begins with observation but grows from process, making it more direct and less predetermined. He compares the iterative nature of his process to the way a child builds with blocks. His work is included in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.