Printmaking workshop: alternative grounds for metal etching

Printmaking workshop: alternative grounds for metal etching

During this workshop we’re going to try to promote a more do-it-yourself attitude within etching in addition to trying to relay the basic chemical principles of metal etching, as well as the general importance of chemistry in etching. We’re going to etch the plates with alternative grounds of both organic and synthetic origin, such as beeswax, paraffin wax and shoe wax.

All the materials are included in the workshop and in the end the students may keep the prints they printed (with no additional cost) as well as acquire one of the zinc plates they etched (5 euro per plate).

*** Program ***

10:00 AM – 13:00 PM – Brief explanation on the development of the etching varnish, the grounds we’ll be using and why they work, as well as demonstration of previous experiments done with these materials. We’ll also discuss approaching printmaking with a DIY approach in a general manner, such as reusing plates, prepping paper, alternative varnishes, amongst other things. After the demonstration, we’ll begin prepping the plates and the paper and, if there’s still time within this first segment, we’ll also begin etching them.

13:00 PM – 14:00 PM – Lunch (not included, you may have lunch wherever you like or bring your own)

14:00 PM – 18:00 PM – Practical work: prepping plates, etching plates and printing them. Once we’re done, we’ll discuss the experiments and the results.

This workshop will be taught in dual ENG/PT as required by the students’ needs.

*** About the teacher ***

Flor de Ceres Rabaçal (1995) is an illustrator and printmaker from Lisbon. Her work has as its primary motif violence, atmosphere and Nature, as well as the practical application of these themes within her work in etching, which, in turn, is characterized by experimenting with materials, surfaces and chemistry. She earned her BA in Fine Arts in (2017) as well as an MA in Drawing in FBAUP (2020). She additionally co-authored a paper on printmaking techniques that she presented in the International Conference on Illustration and Animation (CONFIA) in 2020.

Workshop duration: 7h
Price: 45€
Number of students: 6 (every person must be +18
Address: Prisma Estúdio – Rua da Palma 268, 1100-089 Lisboa

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