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Etching in Sin: How to make a graven image
Etching in Sin: How to make a graven image
Etching in Sin: How to make a graven image
Etching in Sin: How to make a graven image
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Etching in Sin: How to make a graven image

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This workshop introduces participants to some of the foundational techniques, history and contemporary uses of intaglio printmaking.


  • Saturdays, September 10th, 17th and 24th, 11-2
  • Sundays, November 13th, 20th and 27th


We will begin with a basic history of intaglio as a technology emerging from metal crafts involved in military and banking interests, only gradually becoming a "fine art" in its own right. We will look at a number of historical examples as well as contemporary artists who have used engraving and etching techniques with and against its historical associations. Participants will create three small intaglio plates using techniques of drypoint, aquatint and etching, the basic techniques required for further exploration of the medium.




    • printmaking paper: cotton/rag paper recommended, such as Rives BFK and Copperplate Etching paper
    • etching needle
    • etching scraper
    • etching burnisher
    • sketchbook/something to sketch and take notes on

    (We recommend bringing your own tools and paper, but will also have have a few at hand for borrowing) 



    • newsprint
    • copper plates
    • etching grounds


    Arlen Austin is a media studies scholar whose research focuses on print and digital cultures of social movements in the post war era. He has extensive experience teaching printmaking technique, history and theory. His dog Bertie is one of the most important contemporary artists.


    Waitlist: Is the workshop sold out? if you'd like to be added to a wait list, contact us at and they will contact you if a spot opens or if this workshop is offered again.

    Scholarships & Discounts: AS220 Industries offers needs-based scholarships as well as discounted spots for BIPoC, Emerging Members, and Industries Monthly Members. We believe that everyone deserves access to arts education, and focus on centering marginalized communities and those who have had barriers accessing these resources. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship or use a discount, find more details HERE.

    Location: The AS220 Industries is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st floor. The entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way; use the entrance under the AS220 Printshop sign, head upstairs and follow the signs. Ring the bell if the doors aren't open (though they should be). 

    Parking: There is a 2-hour metered on-street parking available, and parking is free on Sundays. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

    Important Workshop Policies. Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you. Please plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking. 

    Refund Policy: To cancel your reservation must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.

    Cancellation of workshops. If the minimum number is not met in workshop enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel the workshop. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of workshop payment and first choice to enroll in future workshops. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.

    QUESTIONS:  Contact Industries Staff at or by phone at (401) 831-9327 x152