Drawing is the foundation of the visual arts. It is the beginning
of all visualisation and the most immediate form of art making. A vast field of expressive possibilities extends from the
starting point of Graphics/Drawing.
Regardless of the form in which the work is realized, drawing can be understood
as an interface: between thinking and making; between observation and representation; between idea and image. Drawing functions
as a tool for gaining tactile knowledge - or to implement it.
Parallel to the irreplaceable immediacy of the tool
drawing, the different artistic printmaking techniques offer a whole range of process oriented and media related opportunities
for the visual artist. A wide range of printing techniques is taught in the department: traditional analog methods as well
as reprographics and the latest digital possibilities.
Engaging with traditional printing techniques offer artists
a precise analytical tool for advance planning and analysing of images, in a practical as well as in an intellectual sense:
boundaries are necessary conditions for freedom and transgression. Meanwhile, the fast and flexible digital development provides
boundlessness as a principle.
Working with analog printmaking techniques and drawing encourage a particular kind
of tactile intelligence, which can be utmost valuable for artists as an alternative to, and/or in conjunction with the rapid
development of digital imaging media.
It is no longer possible to consider a technique as an end in itself. Every
artist has to address questions of content, of subject matter. The substance of art is created in a non-translatable, dialogic
process between the intention of the artist, the tools used and the public experiencing the work. In today's art, no hierarchy
of genres exist. It has been replaced by a hierarchy of attention.