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Intro to Etching

  • 10000

A comprehensive intro to drypoint and hard ground line etching.  
  • Sundays July 7 + 14, 11-2pm

This is an introductory class appropriate for students of all backgrounds and experiences. We'll cover basic mark-making skills as well as etching press operation. Participants will use traditional etching grounds and resists to etch copper plates in a ferric chloride solution. The class will cover basic techniques including: drypoint, hard ground line etching, ink mixing and application, plate preparation, wiping, paper tearing, and registration. 

Instructor:  Simon Slowinski

Materials:  (to bring to class)

  • 18-gauge copper plates (you can choose size, but do not Exceed 10 "x 10"), the RISD 3D we suggest store on N Main St.
  • 4 sheets of paper BFK Rives ( Utrecht, Jerry's, Paperworks, RISD Store)
  • Medium etching needle, or RISD Store Utrecht
  • Drypoint scribe, Utrecht or RISD Store
  • Scraper, Utrecht or RISD Store
  • Burnisher (we prefer curved) Utrecht or RISD Store

Supplies + Resources:

Jerry's Art-A-Rama - Any paper suitable for etching / Providence at 653 North Main Street  

Blick Art Materials - Etching inks and drawing tools / Providence at 200 Wickenden Street  

RISD Store -  Paper suitable for etching / Providence at 30 North Main Street

Utrecht Art - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online

Graphic Chemical & Ink co. - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online

McClain’s Printmaking Supplies - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online

What to Bring to Class: 

  • Imagery to work from Illustrations (Keep it simple at first: 2 colors, avoid text.)
  • Transfer paper
  • 4 sheets of paper BFK Rives ( Utrecht, Jerry's, Paperworks, RISD Store)
  • Sketching / drawing tools
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife

Materials and Supplies We Provide:

  • Newsprint
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Scribes and needles (Etching needles / scribe, scraper, Curved Burnisher )
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Black & White ink
  • Modifiers  - Mag Carb + Plate oils
  • Press
  • Blankets for the Press
  • Cotton swabs
  • Registration material
    Location and Parking
    AS220 Printshop is located at the Mercantile 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 a half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you. 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.

    Cancellation of Classes
    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.
    Photo credit: James McCallum


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