The Etching Workshop is an introduction to drypoint, hard ground -, soft ground etching, step-bite aquatint, lift-ground aquatint, spit-bite aquatint and mezzotint and printing techniques.

The instructions given are the methods practiced at Warren Editions. In addition to learning the various etching techniques, you will learn how to print your etched plates and how to prepare paper for printing. Moreover, you will receive notes that cover all the aspects taught during the workshop.

Drypoint, not an etching technique per se, is the means of drawing directly onto the metal plate with a sharp needle, by doing so a distinct burr is thrown up on the metal and shows up in the impression as a soft, fuzzy line. Hard ground etching is a way of making fine crisp line-work, whereas soft ground etching produces lines that are crumbly-looking rather than wiry and aren’t even from end to end. And, tonal areas resembling pencil shading can be made and impressions from flat objects such as fabric, paper and foil can be achieved through the medium. Aquatint is a way of making tones; achieved through step-bite -, lift-ground – and spit-bite aquatint. Step-biting involves the building up of the image from highlights, to light tones, to mid-tones to shadows to darks. Lift-ground aquatint allows for an image to be created in the positive as apposed to the reverse as is common in step-biting. Spit-bite aquatint allows for fluidity and spontaneous gestures for the acid is painted directly onto the metal plate so as to allow for a soft tonal build up of the image.

Intaglio Etching Printmaking Intaglio Etching Printmaking

 

 

DATES for the Etching Workshop

3, 10, 17, 24 June & 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 2017; on Saturdays

TIMES for the Etching Workshop

9am – 3pm

COST for the Etching Workshop

R7,500.00*

 

BRING TO WORKSHOP

Yourself, ideas in the form of drawings and/or photographs and an etching needle / scribe / dentist tool i.e. instrument with sharp point and set of pewter tools, for sale at Deckle Edge. The size of the copperplate is about 20 x 15 cm.

GO HOME WITH

9 matrices and at least one print of each.

 

INSTRUCTOR Zhané Warren
Zhané Warren is the founder/owner and director of Warren Editions, and is the head printer on many of the projects at Warren Editions. She specialises in the intaglio process.

SUPPORTING INSTRUCTOR Benny Buckle 

ACTIVITIES for Etching Workshop

Session One, Sat 3 June 2017
What is intaglio? On this day Zhané will demonstrate the drypoint technique and the printing of a drypoint.
Each participant will make a drypoint while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Two, Sat 10 June 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the hard ground etching technique and the printing of a hard ground plate.
Each participant will etch a plate with hard ground while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Three, Sat 17 June 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the soft ground etching technique.
Each participant will etch a plate with soft ground while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Four, Sat 24 June 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the soft ground impression technique.
Each participant will etch a plate with soft ground impressions while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Five, Sat 1 July 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the step-bite aquatint technique.
Each participant will etch a plate with step-bite aquatint while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Six, Sat 8 July 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate mezzotint, by using aquatint as oppose to a rocked plate, in conjunction scraping and burnishing so as to achieve highlights and a tonal range.
Each participant will etch an aquatint in preparation for a mezzotint and construct the image with the scraping and burnishing tools, while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Seven, Sat 15 July 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the lift-ground aquatint technique.
Each participant will etch a plate with lift-ground aquatint while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Eight, Sat 22 July 2017
On this day Zhané will demonstrate the spit-bite aquatint technique.
Each participant will etch a plate with spit-bite aquatint while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy with the plate production and printing.

Session Nine, Sat 29 July 2017
Each participant is expected to etch a plate of combined techniques while facilitated by Zhané and Roxy. A combination or a single technique can be employed; the success of the print will be dependent on a balance of technique and image. The printing of the plate must be executed autonomously.

 

*THE PRICE INCLUDES VAT AND MATERIALS & THE ETCHING WORKSHOP CAN ONLY HOST 8 PARTICIPANTS.

To sign up for the etching workshop, email Zhané Warren at we@warreneditions.com.

 


The TERMS for participating in the etching workshop are:

Your participation in the etching workshop is secured upon payment and Warren Editions cannot reimburse the fees.

If you cancel your participation 14 full days or more before the etching workshop starts, the fee you paid can go towards the next etching workshop. To participate in the next etching workshop, you will need to pay the outstanding amount – if the etching workshop fee has increased. Also, participation in the next etching workshop depends on available spots. Alternatively, you can arrange to have a friend take your place or sell your spot.

If your cancellation is less than 14 full days before the etching workshop starts and Warren Editions is unable to find a replacement, then 50% will be deducted from the original fee paid. In order to participate in the next etching workshop you will need to pay the outstanding amount – bearing in mind that the next etching workshop fee might be more than originally paid.

Warren Editions reserves the right to re-schedule the dates of the etching workshop that you have signed up and paid for or to cancel the etching workshop.