Scripps Department of Art and Art History offers a dynamic range of courses in digital and analog printmaking.

In the digital lab, art concentrators work on state-of-the-art design and digital-imaging work stations, and have access to a large-format inkjet printer. 2D digital courses combine digital photography, graphic design, and web publishing. Students interested solely in digital imaging collaborate with students in traditional media (drawing, painting, photography) who want to use the computer to aid other artmaking processes.

In the printmaking studio, Scripps is equipped for a range of relief, intaglio, and monoprint techniques, and has a medium-format Whelan press. The lab is principally non-toxic, and students work with water based inks. Across the corridor is Scripps’ letterpress studio.

Concentrators interested in printmaking are encouraged to work between analog and digital processes. The area stresses experimentation with image making and inspires art concentrators to work within and across the divide between traditional and new media.

History of Printmaking at Scripps

Paul Darrow, a Pasadena native, was Professor of Art at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School, where he taught Mixed Media, Printmaking, and Advanced Drawing for over 30 years (c. 1950-1980). He was educated at Colorado Springs Art Center and the Claremont Graduate School, and was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. He was head of the Printmaking Department at Scripps and CGS for many years.

James Fuller received his M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1953 and taught painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking at several schools including the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, Los Angeles; the University of California at Davis; the Laguna Beach School of Art, and since 1967, Scripps College. James Fuller has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has participated in solo shows throughout California.

In 1986 Nancy Macko joined the Scripps College art department to teach printmaking and a new area of focus for Scripps at that time — computer graphics now referred to as digital art. She received her MA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an MA in Education from UCB. Under her leadership the printmaking facility was moved to Lang in 1995, where it joined the other art studios. Professor Macko has received over 30 research and achievement awards for her art and her work is in many public and private collections including LACMA, UCLA Hammer and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.