Etching: Intro to Advanced Techniques


Etching: Intro to Advanced Techniques

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This small course with lots of hands-on personal attention introduces students to a variety of mark-making and printing techniques in etching. Suitable for beginners.

Consecutive Saturdays, 11am - 6pm

Upcoming Sessions:

  • September 9-September 23, 2017
  • November 25-December 9, 2017


$260 for three session full course, $100 for the first introductory session, which can be taken as a stand alone.

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About the course

Whether you've never made a print before or you're an artist brushing up your etching skills, the first session of this course will have you completing your own multi-state print from start to finish. You'll learn all major intaglio techniques, from aquatint to softground, spit-bite and sugar lift, in the course of three all-day sessions. This small course with lots of hands-on personal attention is taught by Erich Erving, Shoestring's shop manager.

Session I can be taken as a stand-alone for beginners, and printmakers with prior experience in etching can take II and III a-la-carte.

I. Introduction to Intaglio I – Drypoint, Softground, Hardground

Appropriate for beginners in the medium and those who have never made prints before, techniques covered include preparing plates, creating images using drypoint and hardground, inking and wiping, and printing from start to finish. The course will include all materials.

II. Introduction to Intaglio II – Aquatint, Spit Bite, and Sugarlift 

Learn to create painterly effects with aquatint-based techniques such as using stage biting, spit bite and sugarlift.

III. Advanced Intaglio Techniques

Largely tailored to students’ interests and individual projects, students are encouraged to come to this session with a specific project in mind. Techniques and concepts covered may include chine-collée (collage), advanced registration techniques, multi-color or multi-plate images, and printing on fabric, and utilizing non-conventional tools to create unique textures and marks.

About the Instructor

ERICH ERVING studied printmaking at the Neiman center at Columbia University. Working primarily in intaglio Erich makes works on paper and especially on fabric using traditional etching techniques on unconventional media. Working in the print shop at Columbia University Erich assisted students with projects and instructed them on mastering techniques to which they had been recently introduced. He continues in this rôle as Shop Manager at Shoestring Press where he is always open to assist with any project, and has co-taught workshops in Screen Printing. Erich's prints can be found in the permanent collection of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, and has shown his work in shows at the Leslie Lohman Gallery and Annex, as well as at Concrete Utopia and Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, Casa Frela, and Cuchifritos in New York City, and The Painted Boy Gay Erotic Art Fair.