Intaglio Printing Studio
The Intaglio Printing Studio in the structure of the Chair of Graphic Art has always occupied a special place at the AFA in Katowice. Its tradition is made up of fine professors and artists. Names such as Aleksander Rak and Andrzej Pietsch form part of the Studio’s history and delineate the long way graphic art in Upper Silesia has gone over the last several decades.
The Studio’s program is based on broadly understood intaglio printmaking techniques. The strictness of traditional techniques does not prevent experimentation and the employment of “artist’s own techniques”. It also does not rule out combining various techniques, including the new media. A very important aspect of this process is learning from experience and finding one’s own traits that give the final shape to the individual graphic language. This singular trait opens the possibility of original, unrestrained realization of one’s artistic identity. Workshop classes based on practical exercise, including graphic works under the teacher’s guidance, constitute technical and intellectual training that prepare students for self-sufficient creative work. The Studio’s curriculum provides 1st and 2nd year students with a basic directional education that consists in learning the theory and practice of classic intaglio printmaking techniques in the Basic Printmaking Class.
For the 3rd to 5th year, specialization with the choice of studio and supervising professor is available. Specialization provides only a general frame for the individual teaching program of each student. Their skills and interests (including those not directly connected with art), the experience they gain during the course of their studies reveal different personalities, provoke intellectual activity and creative faculties. Consecutively, they influence the teaching process, making it open to modifications.