Psychology and Art: Printmaking

Spring 2018
Class Size: 18
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Alex McCarty
3D studio art
Dan Windisch
positive psychology, counseling, education

This is a strand within the Psychology and Art: Digital Photography and Printmaking program.

What is the relationship between psychology and art? How can people find healing through the process of art making? This is an introductory program in which students will build critical analytical skills through rigorous reading and writing, applying the materials to their own growth, as well as develop the foundations of studio art practice in the relief printmaking process or digital photography and lightroom.  Students will register to work in EITHER photography or printmaking for their studio practice.

Students that chose to work in printmaking will develop the foundations of studio art practice in Northwest Native design and relief printmaking techniques. Students will explore and research the use of relief printmaking by indigenous artists of the Pacific world and will create a conceptual body of work with an emphasis on professional editioning practices. The printmaking portion of the program is designed to support both students who are visual art emphasizers, as well as those who are curious about the skills and knowledge necessary for sustained creative work.  These skills are often prerequisites for those who wish to be involved with artistic practice or plan on teaching.

We will take a 2-4 day field trip to Portland, Oregon to attend the Western Psychological Association Conference between April 26-27 (students may stay on till the end of the WPA conference on the 29th).  Our program will be one of several psychology programs that will be attending the WPA conference spring quarter. Also one of the days students will visit the Portland Art Museum. 

Students will be expected to integrate extensive readings, lecture notes, studio experiences, films, interviews and other sources in writing and oral presentation assignments. In Northwest Native Design and art practice, we will read texts such as Brotherton’s “S'abadeb the Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists” , and Bayles & Orland’s “Art & Fear”.  Our psychology and art therapy readings will likely include “ Art Therapy Sourcebook” by Malchiodi¨“ Windows to Our Children” by Oaklander, and “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

studio arts, counseling, psychology, and education.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special expenses:

Students can expect to pay up to $100 for printmaking materials or photography: printing paper, and personal supplies.  Costs may vary depending on student's individual scale of their projects.


$125 for a 2-day field trip to Portland for Western Psychological Association Conference and a Museum visit. $75 for WPA 4 day registration and membership.

Class Standing: Freshman–Sophomore
Class Size: 18
50% Reserved for Freshmen

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia