Four-color Etching with One Plate - Aug 23-25 2019

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Four-color Etching with One Plate - Aug 23-25 2019


Three-day workshop with Yuji Hiratsuka
Friday August 23 - Sunday August 25, 2019
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
$290 plus $50 materials fee
(WhitPrint members: $261 plus $50 materials)

NOTE: This workshop has filled. If you would like to be waitlisted for possible cancellations, please e-mail to

About The Workshop
Master printmaker and OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka returns to WhitPrint to teach his distinct and engaging method of producing beautiful full-color images from a single copper plate. The process begins with a deep etching printed in black, after which the plate is reclaimed and re-etched for subsequent printing in yellow, red and blue. Each color layer offers a creative juncture as your image evolves. Yuji will be demonstrating and guiding you through the techniques and materials of this delightful process, including paper and ink selection, registration tricks, and mounting the completed print on heavy rag paper for final presentation. You'll learn about intaglio printing, dye inks, thin washi (kozo/mulberry) paper, chine collé, and a variety of etching techniques, including aquatint, photocopy transfer, roulette, and spit bite.

This year’s workshop is expanded to three days to give participants more time to work.

  • Day one: introduction; development of key plate (etching, aquatint, soft-ground, marbling, etc.); edition in black on Kozo paper.

  • Day two: recondition the key plate (remove previous image with sanding and polishing); develop second color image (yellow); edition over key/black image.

  • Day three: drying editioned prints; mounting (chine colle) print on to a heavier rag paper using several gluing techniques; curating editioned print. Final feedback, critique.

All materials and supplies for the workshop are provided to you, including a 9" x 12" copper plate, papers, inks, and tools.  Extra paper will be available for purchase at the studio. Please bring to the workshop at least one image ready to trace onto your plate.

About The Instructor
Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He has a B.S. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, and degrees in printmaking from New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). He currently is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. Hiratsuka has received numerous international awards. Since 2010 he has had 13 solo shows in the US, as well as in Korea, Canada and Northern Ireland. Some of the public collections that include Hiratsuka’s art are The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, Panstwowe Museum in Poland; The House of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cleveland Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, New York Public Library, The Library of Congress and The Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art.

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.

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