Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio 2024

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Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio 2024

July 22 @ 9:00 am - August 3 @ 7:00 pm

$500.00 – $2,750.00

July 22 – August 3, 2024, 9 AM-3 PM instruction, 3-7 PM open studio

with Liz Chalfin, Sally Clegg and Kevin Pomerleau

This 13-day intensive workshop is a fantastic opportunity to learn everything you need to know to set up and maintain a safe etching practice including etching with BIG ground, soy wax ground, acrylic airbrush aquatint and more.

Includes 90-page instructional manual.

What will you learn in the program?

Set up and maintenance of safe intaglio studio including:

  • -how to calibrate, lubricate and maintain an etching press
  • -etching bath testing and maintenance and proper disposal of spent mordants
  • -health and safety, proper ppe and ventilation systems
  • -tool sharpening and care
  • -etching blanket care and cleaning

Etching on copper in ferric chloride including:

-BIG (Baldwin Intaglio Ground) for soft ground, lift grounds, white grounds, texture transferring and alternative aquatints

-Acrylic Airbrush Aquatints including tray, vertical tank and spit bite etching

-Etching on copper with Soy Wax soft ground

-Etching on aluminum and zinc in copper sulfate saline

-Non-darkroom photo etching

-Ink modifications and practices for different plate work (line, texture, tone)

Who is it for?

  • Educators
  • Shop Technicians
  • Independent artist/printmakers

What will the Certificate Prepare you for?

  • Setting up your own safer etching studio – personal or public
  • Converting a traditional print studio to a safer one – school, community center, home studio
  • Teach safer etching techniques: hard and soft ground, aquatint, lift grounds, photo etching and more.


Workshop format

The day begins at 9 AM with technical demonstrations followed by time for participants to make plates utilizing techniques demonstrated.  A second demo may happen after lunch.  Formal instruction ends at 3 PM.

The studio will be open from 3-7 PM with a monitor present so students can continue to work independently.


We have a 2-bedroom apartment at Zea Mays Printmaking which we will rent to 2 participants in the program @ $850 per person.

We also have connections with a couple of local folks who gladly rent rooms in their homes to our visiting artists.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in any of these accommodation options, as they fill quickly.

There are also Air BnB offerings in the area.

Registration is $2750, includes materials – early registration discount $2500 if registered by May 15, 2024


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Green Printmaking Certificate 2024 - Early Registration
Available until May 15, 2024. If you are a Zea Mays Printmaking member, log in to receive 10% off.
$ 2,500.00
8 available
Green Printmaking Certificate 2024 Deposit
Reserves your space for the workshop for $500. You will be contacted directly about a payment plan.
$ 500.00
8 available


July 22 @ 9:00 am
August 3 @ 7:00 pm
$500.00 – $2,750.00
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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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