Intaglio Printmaking Techniques - Mar 19-20 2016

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Intaglio Printmaking Techniques - Mar 19-20 2016

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Two-day workshop with Bryan Putnam
March 19 & 20, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Take both days for $180 ($150 + $30 materials)
Either day individually: $110 ($90 + $20 materials)
10% discount for WhitPrint members

About the Workshop

Intaglio Printmaking Techniques is a two-day workshop in two sections: Line Etching and Techniques in Aquatint. Each section is one day, and may be taken individually or together. Taught by local artist and educator Bryan Putnam, this course offers something for both beginners and intermediate printmakers. If you participated in Bryan's workshop last August, this is a good opportunity to refine what you learned and add new methods to your repertoire.

The workshop will cover a broad range of intaglio printmaking skills using copper plate: plate preparation, press work, line etching, and several techniques in aquatint including spit bite, sugar lift, stage etching, and more. These two days will present these techniques through hands-on learning, demonstrations, and discussions.

All materials will be provided. It is recommended that you be ready to take notes and bring a sketch or photograph of an image that you would like to produce during the workshop.  Expect a fast paced, fun course that will give you a lot of insight into the art of intaglio printmaking.

DAY 1, SATURDAY: Line Etching
Process explanation
Plate preparation – Sanding, polishing, beveling, cleaning
Hardground application – Ventilation and safety, plate positions, touch up
Etching Techniques – Line etch, drypoint, creating rich tones
Acid Etch – Setup and safety, etch timing, gauging etch depth
Printing – Press/printing basics, press setup, inks, wiping techniques, chine collee

DAY 2, SUNDAY: Techniques in Aquatint
Process explanation
Plate preparation – Sanding, polishing, beveling, cleaning
Applying aquatint – spray and rosin
Three techniques – Stage etching, Spit biting, Sugar lift
Burnishing and reworking the plate
Printing the plates with individual assistance

Lunch is not provided. You can bring your lunch or pop out to one of the local cafes.

About the Instructor

Bryan Putnam is a local artist with a deep love of the print arts. He began his working in printmaking as an undergrad with the artist Scott Kolbo and continued his education at UO, studying with Charlene Liu and other talented faculty. After receiving his MFA in 2014, Bryan stayed on to teach printmaking and drawing full time at the University of Oregon. His work has been shown in various regional galleries and museums over the past few years. In 2014 he was the youngest artist included in 'Ink This: Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest' at the Tacoma Art Museum. Bryan currently lives in Eugene with his wife, making prints, comics, and t-shirts when he is not sharing printmaking with his students.

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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