Posts Categorized: Intermediate/Advanced

Etching 201: Color

Open to anyone with prior intaglio experience, this course reinforces and builds on basic etching and intaglio processes like using hard and soft ground, aquatint, scraping, burnishing and dry point, and proper inking and printing techniques.

The priority of this class is for artists to become comfortable and confident integrating color into their prints. Students will learn how to plan multiple color and multiple plate prints to achieve their desired palette and a range of tones. Demonstrations will cover basic color theory, ink mixing, transferring drawings between plates, and advanced registration techniques. Students will also be able to take advantage of chine colle and a la poupee inking to integrate even more color to their prints.

In this condensed 5-week course, each student will be provided two 8” x 10” copper plates to be used for a single multiple-plate image. Students should plan to bring a drawing to the first class as a starting point for their key plate. Through out the class, students will develop the two plates, side-by-side, proofing as needed.

The ultimate objective is for everyone to complete a small edition of colorful prints, all in register, consistently inked, and ready to share with the world!

Self-Publishing Offset Apprenticeship

Our self-publishing apprenticeship program includes 20+ hours of individual instruction. Students will become fully authorized to operate the ABDick Offset press through printing their own artwork or writing, leaving with a completed large project or multiple smaller projects. Classes cover everything from file prep, alternative plate making, double-sided printing, registration, overlays, etc.

Students will meet for eight weeks for 2- to 3-hour sessions, at which point they should be able to become authorized, or continue taking lessons to gain confidence printing solo. Upon completion, authorized press operators can continue printing independently through our keyholder program, open studios, or hourly rental.

Email to schedule a meeting for more information. Please include basic availability and a preferred date to begin classes. We suggest visiting the studio prior to registering for this opportunity.