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Printmaking is the art of producing printed images on paper. It involves a process of transferring an image or design from a plate (a prepared surface) onto paper for the purpose of artistic expression. Printmaking techniques include woodcut, wood engraving, linocut, etching, metal engraving, collograph, serigraph, and lithograph among
The PAP in its four decades of existence continues to bring art to the people with its multi-original prints, exhibiting and holding workshops to promote the art form and subsequently to democratize art.
It was founded in 1968 through the pioneering efforts of Manuel Rodriguez, Sr., along with Adiel Arevalo and other printmakers he mentored. It has since become the prime mover of graphic arts in the country. For almost forty years, the association has devoted itself to the promotion of printmaking and bringing art to the people. Its
programs include the continuous training of members, regular exhibitions, annual competitions, outreach workshops and lectures, and hosting of exchange programs with international visiting artists.
From its ranks, the Philippines was represented in international exhibitions, competitions, biennales and triennials. In 2001, it was conferred the Dangal ng Haraya Lifetime Achievement Award for Cultural Promotions by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.