Experimental Etching

In this course we will explore new and alternative (non-toxic) ways to approach the traditional medium of etching. Among the processes we will cover is photocopy transfers, photographic solar plate etching, wax crayon, butter, and lipstick resist etching, and acrylic soft ground etching. Using copper plates you will learn to etch and print your images as print editions (multiples). Projects, collaboration, and experimentation will be encouraged along with developing innovative and unconventional tools for your mark making. You will get demonstrations and will learn plate preparation, ground application, drawing, etching, inking, and printing on a press to create an edition. This workshop is suited for beginners while giving intermediate students an opportunity for a deeper exploration of the medium. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the term.

What you will learn:

  • Knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of etching

  • New non-toxic techniques including photographic solar plate etching, wax crayon, butter, and lipstick resist etching, acrylic soft ground etching, and photocopy transfers

  • 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 a copper etching plate and a scriber etching needle

  • 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.