Engravings can be traced back to the ancient Sumerians about 3,000 years ago, but printmaking dates back to around 100 A.D. in the form of rubbings by the Chinese. The modern form of printmaking began as a means of communication. It wasn’t until the 18th century that it began to be thought of as an art form. Today, students learn the old techniques such as engraving, etching, and printing, but with modern tools and supplies.
Intaglio Printmaking is taught at College of the Canyons in conjunction with Fundamentals of Printmaking under the instruction of Professor Jim Lorigan.
Lorigan is a master printer with 32 years experience who recently sold his printmaking business, Watermark Printmaking Workshop. He has been a full time professor at College of the Canyons for about 15 years after teaching part-time for 10 years and has had work on display in the COC Art Gallery.