Color Etching Intensive

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Color Etching Intensive

July 9 @ 4:00 pm - July 17 @ 3:00 pm


July 9-July 17th, detailed schedule below

with Master Printer Peter Pettengill and ZMP Director Liz Chalfin

This special workshop brings Master Printer Peter Pettengill of Wingate Studio to ZMP to work with a small group of artists on developing a multi-plate color etching. Following the process he uses working with artists such as Walton Ford and Haley Barker, Peter will guide participants through all of the steps to make an edition of beautiful, multi plate color etchings. From project planning to plate making, color mixing, registration techniques and printing tips, this workshop will provide participants with the skills to make multi-plate color etchings. Studio director Liz Chalfin will assist by helping artists apply Peter’s strategies to our safer and non-toxic etching methods and materials. This is a rare opportunity to work with a master printer.

The workshop will begin with an afternoon of sharing prints and an outline of the process. We’ll hit the ground running on Wednesday and begin by turning sketches and drawings into a key plate. Once etched and printed, this plate will be used to create color plates. We will cover various etching methods including hard and soft ground, aquatint: stage biting and spit bite, lift grounds and more. Once the plates are made Peter will share printing tips and strategies. Participants will leave with a BAT (ready to print proof) and all the plates ready to complete the edition.

Participants will be asked to submit a sketch idea on tracing paper before the workshop begins.

Materials fee includes inks and incidentals, participants will be billed at the end of the workshop based on the amount of metal and paper they use.

Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, July 9, 4-6 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 10-5
Thursday, July 11, 10-5
Friday, July 12, 10-5
Saturday, July 13, 10-5
Sunday, July 14, 10-5 open studio for participants
Monday, July 15, studio closed – Day for reflection, recreation, rest
Tuesday, July 16, 10-5
Wednesday, July 17, 10-3

Limited to 6 participants.

This workshop is intended for artists with prior basic etching experience.

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July 9 @ 4:00 pm
July 17 @ 3:00 pm
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Zea Mays Printmaking
(413) 584-1783
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Zea Mays Printmaking
320 Riverside Dr.
Florence, MA 01062 United States
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