Workshops Archive

Drypoint Many Ways via ZOOM

with Lynn Peterfreund

Section 1:  Mondays and Thursdays, 11-1 PM (EST), June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 2021 – this section is full.  email to be on waiting list.

Section 2:  Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:30 PM (EST), June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 2021 – this section is full.  email to be on waiting list.

Sliding scale fee:  $175-$350

This workshop is for artists interested in the marriage of drawing and printmaking.  Drawing descriptively and expressively is at the heart of this class in drypoint; a very direct way of making intaglio plates and prints.   These plates can be inked and printed by hand or on a press and deliver the freshness of a drawing and the repeatability of a print.  The drypoint line might feel more awkward than a pencil line as you draw it, but it comes alive when you print it. The marks and scratched areas of drypoint inscribed directly into the plate can express precision, delicacy, warmth or strength, depending on how they are drawn, inked, wiped and printed, adding more chances for variation, even to the same plate.

This 3-week workshop meets twice a week.  In this condensed time we’ll explore the characteristics of drypoint using a variety of drawing tools: etching needles, nails, sandpapers, carborundum, dremels and more.  In addition to using thin plastic PETG for a plate, we’ll experiment with up cycled materials such as milk cartons, salad boxes, and laminated heavy paper.  

Demonstrations include mark-making techniques, plate wiping with water-washable inks, printing by hand and on an etching press.  Class time will also include sharing of work in progress, troubleshooting and impromptu demonstrations as the need arises.

No prior printmaking experience necessary.

Basic materials needed include:
Inks: Akua Intaglio, Charbonnel Aqua Wash, Caligo, or any inks you might have
Plates: PETG or other plexiglass, ordinary up cycled materials
Papers: Newsprint, Eastern and Western papers, especially dependent on whether you have a press or not.
Tools: etching needle or other kinds of scribes, sandpaper, etc., brayer

A complete list of materials will be sent upon registration