Introduction to basic and safe methods of etching with a non-acid solution (ferric chloride) using copper plates. While drawing ability would be helpful for artists completely new to etching, printmaking experience is not necessary to take this class. Those with etching experience can expand on more advanced techniques or try mezzotints. The use of a large and small etching press, aquatint box and other equipment will be covered.
This is a weekend workshop.
A basic introduction to new and safe methods in copper plate intaglio etching. This two-day workshop will cover preparation of the plate’s surface; graphite transfer of your drawing; drawing techniques with the scribing the tool(s) and using aquatint to add grayscale value. No previous printmaking experience is required but some basic drawing ability is.
Introduction to block relief printing in linocut techniques. No printmaking experience is necessary, but some art class experience is. Working in oil-based inks, we will explore one-color and more advanced reduction and multiple block prints for those who want to go further in their relief printing experience. In-depth instruction in registration techniques, methods and materials with an emphasis on solid design and pre-planning will be offered in this class.
An introduction to multiple color linoleum block printmaking for all levels. By the end of this 2-day workshop, a student will have made a simple, hardboard registration "jig" to keep and will complete a 4"x6" print in 2 to 3 colors. They will be able to pursue multiple color relief printing in their home studio without needing a press. Professional-level toolkits will be lent out to all students and the hardboard jig, unmounted linoleum, paper and ink will all be provided with their material fee.
With Holly Bird and Gail Gamble. Sign your artwork in a distinctive and creative way! In China, the chop has the same weight and authority as a signature does in Western culture. The use of a chop, or seal, started thousands of years ago and continues to this day. In this one-day workshop, you’ll design your own image and carve it into a soapstone blank. Any image or text: traditional, Western or your own design can be used. By the end of the workshop your chop will be ready for use. You will receive a Chop Carving Kit with 2 chops and all the materials you will need to proceed on your own. Additional blanks will be available for purchase.
The printmaking open studio is reserved for those students who have been approved by Holly Bird, instructor. Holly will determine when the studio will be open for students to work on their own projects without instruction.
Please call the art center before registering.