Experimental Printmaking

Monday, July 19th - Thursday, July 22nd
Application Deadline: June 22nd

Sign Up NOW!

The Program: 
This Summer Institute, for students ages 15-18, will focus on the development of images, utilizing the media of print, both traditional and digital. We will work with the tools, materials and processes that will open up new possibilities into the creation of personal imagery. Moving between hand generated ideas through digital representations and back again. We will start with digital photography to establish a personal body of work that will lead to the creation of print media. The use of simple tools and materials will allow workshop students to explore ideas of multiples, transfers, iterations and an expanding development of ideas. We will then move these images from a digital form to drawing, painting and collage and ultimately print plates to continue an experimental approach to printmaking.

William Contino is an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in Alfred University's renowned School of Art and Design. He was born in Los Angeles California and has lived and worked in New York, Baltimore and London. He received his BFA from Alfred University in 1984 and MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1988. William has taught at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University, beginning in 1991 as an assistant professor, working in both The Graduate Electronic Integrated Arts program and the printmaking department. Moving to London in 1997 he continued to teach drawing and painting at the American School in London. In 2003 William returned to Western New York and continues to teach at Alfred University in the Expanded Media Division as a professor of printmaking.

William has exhibited work in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Most recently William has been included in exhibitions in Beijing China and in Graz, Austria. His work is in collections both public and private. He continues a studio practice involving a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sound and video.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to William Contino.

Sign Up NOW!

Each day will begin at noon EST with a demonstration of a new process, explaining the nuances and possibilities of the new materials, and tools. There will be a brief presentation of artists working in that medium each day.

The largest part of the workshop will be devoted to the students working at home, putting their new knowledge into practice, making prints and developing ideas. There will be one on one guidance as well as an occasional group conversation pertaining to their work.

By the end of the workshop students will come away with a substantial body of completed work, and a better understanding of the limitless possibilities and the creative direction they might follow with the medium of printmaking.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.