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Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio with Liz Chalfin and Louise Kohrman

Liz ChalfinLouise Kohrman
July 1-20, 2019, 9-4 daily with open studio time until 8 PM
Before May 1st: $2700 non-members, $2500 members
After May 1st: $3000 non-members, $2750 members
$1000 deposit to reserve space.

This workshop is full.  Call to put your name on the waiting list.

Registration includes all materials (plates, paper, ink, grounds) and 60+ page technical manual.

After eighteen years of research and practice in safer intaglio, Zea Mays Printmaking is offering an intensive summer Certificate Program to train printmakers in the latest, best practices in safer intaglio. The Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio consolidates our knowledge about etching into an intensive 21-day training program.

What will you learn?

  • Set up and maintenance of safe intaglio studio 
  • Etching on copper in ferric chloride with BIG ground including: hard ground, soft ground, lift grounds, white grounds, marbling and alternative aquatints.
  • Acrylic Airbrush Aquatints including tray, vertical tank and spit bite etching.
  • Etching on copper with Soy Wax softground.
  • Etching on aluminum in copper sulfate saline mordant.
  • Non-Darkroom Photo Etching methods
  • Chine Colle and non-rag paper printing
  • Basic printing press maintenance
  • Professional printing methods
  • Ink tutorials – modification and use of oil and water-based inks

Who is it for?

  • Printmakers
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Shop Technicians
  • Anyone who wants to learn safer ways to make etchings!

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.


Liz Chalfin, Founding director with specialty in intaglio and photopolymer

Louise Kohrman, ZMP core faculty with specialty in intaglio and chine colle.

“The Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio program is the highlight of my teaching at Zea Mays Printmaking year after year. I love planning for it throughout the year and eagerly anticipate that first day in July when the group comes together to embark on what will be an intensive, creative journey.  This comprehensive workshop provides an incredibly transformative experience where dedicated artists, teachers, printmakers, practitioners and students from varied backgrounds come together to learn over a shared purpose—safer practices in the intaglio studio. I cherish the bonds and friendships that are formed as artists work together in a co-teaching environment through presentations, demonstrations, experimentations, and hands-on trials. Getting to work with and teach a group of dedicated artists in such a concentrated way is an exhilarating and humbling experience.” – Louise Kohrman

“Sharing what we know is at the core of Zea Mays’ mission.  This program is an opportunity to share the ins and outs of etching.  It’s one of the only workshops I teach anymore and I look forward to it every year.  The ability to go deep with a group of engaged artists is a thrill”  – Liz Chalfin

The 21-day intensive will consist of demonstrations and plenty of time for participants to make plates, proof and experiment, with faculty support.  Each participant will receive a 6″x9″ plate for each technique in order to make their own set of demonstration prints. Participants will receive a 60+ page manual of Zea Mays technical handouts and resources.  Presentations about toxicity issues in etching, “greening” your studio and resources are scheduled throughout the program.  Class hours are from 9-4. Each participant gets their own work table.  The studio will remain open until 8 PM so participants can continue working on their own with support from Zea Mays trained technicians. 

Limited to 8 participants 

$1000 deposit will hold your space.  Balance due June 1, 2019
Payment plans are available to spread the cost over sevceral months – contact for details.

We have 1 bedroom available in the on-site guest suite for rent.  In addition, a few Zea Mays Printmaking members/friends have offered rooms in their homes or “in-law” apartments for rent to workshop participants.  Email for a list.  Visit the accommodations page on our website for other options.

from previous years’ participants in the Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio program:

“I am so glad I came to your life-changing (and giving) program!  All of the instructors were so open, gracious and thoughtful and kind in their approaches. All of the demonstrations were beneficial.  I learned special techniques or tips/tricks in each, even in processes I was already familiar with.”

“Really fantastic! Everything was so professional and well thought out.  I loved every moment”

“I have a much better understanding of green printmaking practices.  I feel very empowered to continue these practices both teaching and in my own work.”

“I loved every moment with you all!  Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and passion.  I think I learned more here in a month that I did in 6 years of art school.”

“My overall experience was very positive.  It was very valuable to have the concentrated time for exploration of all the techniques with a great group of people.”

“Incredibly transformative.  Not only did I learn a wealth of technical information and resources, but it provided me with the confidence and supportive community to pursue a green practice back at home.”

“I think the studio is a fantastic place – it’s warm and inviting.  We were given lots of space to work.  I’m thrilled to have the binder and to have been exposed to all the materials.  I appreciate that all the materials were included.”