Workshops covering greener and safer practices in printmaking based in a solvent free environment.
Ground printmaking offers workshops in etching, relief and monotype. No experience necessary!
Please see below for upcoming one day and four and six week workshops.
To sign up, please visit our registration page.
Soywax Softground + Spit Bite Etching
Capture beautiful line variations and washy watercolor like areas of tone in this full day workshop. We will work with a soywax softground, a non toxic ground composed of soywax and ink, to achieve a broad range of lines from thick crayon like lines to crisp thin lines. During the second half of the workshop we will add spit bite onto our copper plates. A spit bite etching is a painterly way to work with an aquatint. With a spit bite you paint directly onto your plate with ferric chloride.
Chine-collé + White Ground Etching
Explore the possibilities of white ground etching- an alternative soap ground, and chine-collé in this full day workshop. White ground is a very malleable ground that can be watered down, scratched into and built up to allow for a wide range of textures and tonalities in a single etch. Chine-collé is a great method of adding color and texture to your prints. With chine-collé thin glue backed papers in addition to your print paper are printed in unison, fusing both papers together with the printed image on top. In this workshop participants will learn how to prepare their own chine-collé papers.
Intro to Etching: Full Day
Learn the old world technique of etching without harmful solvents and tar based materials. This full day workshop is for both beginner and experienced printmakers. You will be introduced to Andrew Baldwin’s (of Trefeglwys Print Studio in Wales, UK) BIG ground. BIG is a non-toxic etching ground that is renowned for it’s versatility. In this workshop you will learn how to work with BIG to create a hard ground and softground etching and will create a series of prints to bring home. In this workshop we will cover: Plate preparation Working with BIG Hardground and softground etching Inking Printing Take home a series of your own original prints
Intro to Aquatint: Half Day
Aquatint is a way to create large areas of tones in an etching. Depending on how you use it, It can lend itself to a soft translucent watercolor effect or be used to create rich velvety tones. In this four hour workshop you will learn all about aquatint etching, create your own aquatint etching on copper and make prints from your plate to bring home. No experience necessary.
Etching: 6 Week Class
Learn the old world technique of etching without the harmful solvents and tar based materials. This six week course is for beginner and experienced printmakers. We will cover a new etching process each week and participants will take home a series of their own original prints. In this six week course we will cover: Hardground Etching Softground Etching Aquatint Lift Ground Etching Alternative Mezzotint Spit Bite Etching
Intro to Monotype: Half Day
Learn all about creating monotypes in this half day workshop. With an experimental approach we will explore working with textures, ink applications and a variety of materials. Participants will take home a series of their own original prints. In this workshop we will cover: Stencils Masks Working in a reductive and additive manner Working with gouache, watercolor, watercolor crayons, and a variety of printmaking inks
Intro to Printmaking: 4 Week Class
Learn a variety of intaglio and relief printmaking techniques in this four week class. We will cover a new process each week and participants will take home a series of their own original prints. In this four week course we will cover: Etching Monotype Collagraph Linocut
Soap Ground Etching: Half Day
Explore the tonal and textural possibilities of soap ground etching in this half-day workshop. No experience necessary.
Learn how to marble and etch with the BIG ground in this half-day workshop. No experience necessary.