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Printmaking with Solarplate™

Two-day workshop with Robert Canaga
May 20 & 21, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
$150 plus $30 materials fee
(WhitPrint members: $135 plus $30 for materials)

About the Workshop
Printmaking with Solarplate™ is a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. Solarplate is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing for artists to produce fine prints.  All one needs is inspiration, a graphic image created on a transparent film (acetate or glass), sun or UV light, and ordinary tap water, and the process is ready to begin. Both positives and negatives can be utilized; intaglio and relief printing techniques can be applied.  Read more about Solarplate at

The workshop is geared for beginner and experienced.  Starting with the basics, Robert has expanded the course outline to include using oil based inks as a drawing medium as well as doing glass frosting and photographic images.

Day 1:
Saturday starts with an introduction to materials and methods: what is Solarplate and how it works.  Robert will provide examples of each technique including photo, drawing on glass, and drawing directly on the plate.  He will discuss the choice of paper and how it effects the final print, the use of an etching press, and how to mix inks for effects.  Robert will demonstrate creating a plate and printing with various inks and papers.  Each student will do a test plate, and begin preparing for their first print.

Day 2:
On Sunday, each student will select at least two methods to try for their first prints.  We will discuss editioning of prints, and have a critique at about mid-day.  Finally, each student will run an edition of 5, with an artist's proof.

All studio materials will be provided.  Bring a lunch and your creative ideas!

About the Instructor
Robert L Canaga
Painter and Printmaker
Wine Blogger
Owner of Robert Canaga Galleries in Portland and Eugene, 1997-2002
Curator for OPUS6IX
Curator for PeaceHealth Headquarters 2011-12
Curator for The Gallery at the Watershed
Past President Oregon Mozart Players
Current Chair of Travel Lane County Board of Directors
Selection committee for EMX art
Selection committee for Lane Community College Sculpture


Reserving Your Spot
Register and pay in full to reserve your spot in the workshop. To cancel a workshop enrollment, please email You'll get a full refund if your request is received at least 10 days before the start of the workshop, or a 50% refund if it is received at least 3 days before the start.

Register for this workshop
Earlier Event: May 6
Image Layering Workshop
Later Event: June 9
Beginning Figure Painting