Hardground Etching - October 14, 2016

Rembrandt Hard Ground and Drypoint.jpg
Rembrandt Hard Ground and Drypoint.jpg
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Hardground Etching - October 14, 2016

from 120.00

Friday, October 14 (10am-4pm)
with Lisa Mackie

$120 (members)
$170 (workshop + membership)

Lab fee: $15 for materials

Etching is one of those printmaking techniques that have captivated us for hundreds of years. Artists ranging from Rembrandt to Jasper Johns have used grounds to prepare their plates before etching. Hard ground etching is an acid-resistant hard waxy ground that is applied to the plate. The artist uses an etching needle to gently scratch through the ground to produce a drawing. The plate is then put into a bath of acid or we will use a strong salt like Ferric Chloride to etch the exposed copper. This will create grooves in the plate that will hold the ink into the lines. Hard ground allows for fine detail and strong contour work. In that respect, the effects can be similar to pen and ink drawings.

In this one-day workshop prepared copper plates will be available ready to draw. We will review how to apply the ground, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto the plate, proper use of the stylus to draw through the copper, how to safely handle the plate and understand the etching process. We will also learn how to ink the plate a la poupée. We will produce several etching prints and review how to rework your print in the manner that Rembrandt did back in 1640.

Lisa Mackie  works in mixed media prints, paintings, original books, video and installation. Her visiting professorships include NYU, Cooper Union, RIT, FIT, andQueens College. She currently teaches in New York at FIT and The Printshop NYC and York College. She is a master printer and proprietor of Lisa H. Mackie Studios, NYC. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, the Botswana Museum and ArtGallery in Gaborone and theBrooklyn Museum of Art. Visit Lisa at www.lisamackie.com and Junekellygallery.com. 


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