This five day Intaglio Printmaking Summer School will take drypoint as its starting point and move into the Etching Room as the week goes on, proving a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities of these printmaking processes.
Drypoint is a beautiful intaglio printmaking technique which lends itself to expressive drawings and fluid mark making. With the use of clear acrylic plates your designs and artwork are easily transferred to the plate and, when inked and wiped carefully, produce beautiful and unique velvety original prints.
You will then be offered the opportunity to transfer the drypoint and inking skills you’ve learnt at the start of the week from the studio to the Etching Room. You be shown the non-toxic processes we employ in the Etching Room and make etching plates using Ferric Chloride and Copper Sulphate with BIG (Baldwins Ink Ground) and a our self-contained spray booth for applying the Aquatint.
Mai Osawa is an Artist/Illustrator and leads the Intaglio courses at Ochre Print Studio. She exhibits widely and has won prizes for her beautiful prints. She has been working almost exclusively in the etching room since its establishment in January 2017 and is keen to share her skills with those interested in exploring the processes of drypoint and etching copper and aluminium plates in a safe environment.
This Summer School is suitable for beginners but also for anyone who wishes to spend a week exploring the possibilities of drypoint and non-toxic etching in a creative and relaxing environment.
All basic materials are included in the workshop price with the option of purchasing further plates and paper from the studio shop.
Mai says ‘Drypoint is a good introduction to traditional printmaking and this course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities of this technique which includes à la poupée, Chine-collé and Goetz with carborundum using PETG.’
Dates: One week 12 – 16 August
Times: 10am to 3pm
Cost: £280 / Members £270
Plans For The Week
Days 1-2 Drypoint
- Mark-making with various tools
- Printing with oil-based inks using our etching press
- The use of Chine-collé
Day 3 Etching
- Plate preparation
- Applying BIG ground
- Drawing directly onto a copper plate
- Learning the etching process in our etching room
- First proof print
Day 4 Etching
Exploring further techniques with the same plate
- Aquatint process to create tonal areas
- Stop-out / stage-bite
- Second proof print
Day 5 Etching
- Using a burnisher
- Multi-coloured print / à la poupée etc
- How to sign and edition your prints