The main focus of this class is on Etching.
The tutored side is suitable for beginners in etching, or can be for those with some experience in printmaking who want extra tutoring for various reasons. Tutored by long term WSA tutors and highly skilled printmakers Steph McLellan and Janice Meadows.
To work more independently in the print room students will need: (or to be in the untutored class)
N.B: Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic printmakers.
Relief printing – experience and previous tutoring in at least one process. Be confident and safety aware when working with sharp tools – demonstrate good working practice. Have experience printing using a press rather than only hand burnishing.
Intaglio printing – experience and previous tutoring with drypoint and etching. Participants must be familiar with protocols surrounding use of acid for etching and aquatint. They would need to have had experience preparing a metal plate. Understand how to use hard and soft ground. Understand the different solutions used for cleaning plates.
Mono printing – to have had tutoring in at least one other print process and have experience using a printing press rather than only hand burnishing.
Beginner ETCHING course
What to bring:
An apron or old shirt – an apron with a pouch or pocket is handy to put gloves, rag, and mull cloth in.
Visual material – drawings, photos, photocopies, magazine/newspaper clippings etc….
Note book or visual diary (preferably A4) – this is to glue in hand out sheets from class, make your own notes, record processes and ideas.
Drawing materials including – soft pencils, ballpoint pen, permanent marker pen, eraser, ruler.
Paint brushes – you will need a range of brushes from very fine “000, 1, 2, 5 round, and a 1/2″ and 1” flat brush.
Soft toothbrushes – (used is fine) these are to clean shellac and ink out of the fine etched lines.
Soft rags – any cotton rags are great, old T-shirt’s, old sheets or pillow cases cut up.
A box or bag – to keep your printmaking things all together, I use a shopping basket with a handle.
**Extra zinc and good printmaking paper “Fabriano Rosapina” can be purchased in class.**
THE MATERIALS FEE PAYS FOR:
Studio equipment: files, burnisher/scrapers, gravers, scissors…..
Printing inks (oil based) and Mull cloth.
Solvents: Meths, turps, blueboy, cleaning oil, kero.
Grounds and shellac.
Brasso and metal polish.
Newsprint and wet strength cartridge.
Each class requires a minimum number of enrolments to start. We will advise if this is not achieved and we have to cancel the class before the term starts. Once the class starts there can be no refunds unless we have to cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances.