Etching for Advanced Beginners
The workshop is for artists with
existing skills and a developed style, but little
of the intaglio printmaking process. Also for those
wanting a thorough refresher course.
The workshop will be taught by Mary Teichman, a working
artist with a 40-year focus in intaglio, and broad
experience in teaching and workshop instruction. Her
resume is here. Examples
of her work are here.
The workshop goal is to identify the intaglio method(s)
best suited to translate the artist's existing imagery,
and his or her
methods of working, into fine-art copperplate printmaking.
Then to execute a plate under guidance, and learn to print
In the first session (3 hours), we
will survey the principal intaglio methods, to
characterize the way they look and the way
they work. We will demonstrate mark-making in non-etch and
acid-etch modes. We will view historical prints on exhibit
identify the techniques involved. We will practice
applying etching grounds of several types, and methods of
through them. With individual guidance, artists will
select an intaglio approach and a plate size, and prepare
a plate for
In the second session (5 hours), we will
finish preparing our plates. We will demonstrate methods
for altering an etched
or scribed plate by scraping, burnishing or sanding. We
will demonstrate inking and printing. We will explore the
technique of aquatint. Lift-ground and direct application
of acid (spit-bite) will also be discussed. We will
methods for transferring an initial design to the plate.
Artists will scribe, engrave and/or etch their plate, and
print a proof.
In the third session (6 hours), we will elaborate
the techniques outlined in the previous days. Artists will
continue work on
their plates under individual guidance. Plates will be
refined and images will be developed. Additional stages of
will be worked through, multiple techniques may be added,
and more print proofs will be made. Different types of
will be discussed. Different types of papers will be
reviewed and used. Printmaking organizations and
be discussed, along with ideas for showing and selling
The workshop is limited to six artists. Please call Eric
for more details. A syllabus is available by email.
$185 per person, includes workshop materials and tax
Friday, December 8: 5pm — 8pm
Saturday, December 9: 3pm — 8pm
Sunday, December 10: 11am — 5pm
Argos Studio/Gallery: a map is here. More on the etching
studio is here.
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