Color Etching

Come explore basic color etching techniques and learn how to achieve a wide tonal range and detail in your images while exploring non-traditional (non-toxic) ways to approach etching. Using copper plates (available in school store) you will learn to etch and print your images in both opaque and transparent color. Multiple color plate registration, projects, collaboration, and experimentation will be encouraged along with developing innovative tools for your mark making. You will get demonstrations and hands-on practice in: copper plate preparation, ground application ( soft and hard ground), photographic solar plate, inking, and printing on a press to create an edition. This workshop is suited for beginners, and also offers intermediate students an opportunity for a deeper exploration of the medium including spray paint aquatint, soft ground etching, photographic solar plate techniques, and acrylic resist techniques. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the workshop.

Due to Fleisher’s Founder’s Award Celebration no evening classes will be held on Wednesday, June 7. Those classes will be made up on Wednesday, June 14.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of etching

  • Techniques in mixing color ink, and adding modifiers

  • Non-toxic techniques including acrylic hard ground resists, soft ground resists, photographic solar plate etching, wax crayon, butter, and lipstick resist etching, spray paint aquatints.

  • Unconventional and innovative tools for creating marks on a plate

  • Making editions, multiples, simple registration techniques, and further working
    knowledge about printmaking

  • How to collaborate in the print shop

Required supplies:

  • The class will visit the school store on the first night to purchase these supplies together: copper plate and a scriber etching needle

These supplies will be necessary later on:

  • Paper – Rives BFK Arches or Stonehenge*

  • Newsprint 18×24 pad*

  • Rags (old T-shirts)

  • Recycled glass containers

Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.