AS220 Shop

Introduction to Intaglio

From basic mark-making to proper press operation, this class offers an introduction to intaglio printing using traditional grounds and resists.  We will etch copper plates in ferric chloride solution.  Plate preparation, ink mixing and application, wiping, paper tearing, and registration will be covered in the course of the three week workshop.  Students' particular interests can determine the direction of the demonstrations, and there will be time for each participant to work on individual projects.


Supplies to bring to the first class:
-18 gauge copper plates (you can chose the size, do not exceed 10 x 10 inches), we suggest the RISD 3D Store on North Main Street
-two sheets of Rives BFK paper 
-medium etching needle, Utrecht or RISD Store
-drypoint scribe, Utrecht or RISD Store
-scraper, Utrecht or RISD Store
-burnisher (we prefer the curved) Utrecht or RISD Store

Location and Parking

The AS220 Printshop is located in the Mercantile building at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island, on the 1st and 2nd floors. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.


Important Class Policies

Please be respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you what you signed up for. Plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking. 
To cancel your reservation, you must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.



If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible.

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Locations & Contacts

AS220 Industries
Mercantile Block, 131 Washington Street, Lucie Way Entrance, Providence, RI.

95 Empire, 95 Empire Street
Providence, RI. Black Box, first floor; classrooms, second floor; dance studio, third floor.

Beth Brandon,
Industries Coordinator

Lara Henderson, Printshop Manager

James Rutter, Labs Manager

Chris Anderson, Media Arts Manager

Betsy Miller,
95 Empire Dance Coordinator

Neal Walsh, Gallery Director