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4-Week Class | Etching for Everybody: Drypoint Etching

All Dates and Times for 4-Week Class | Etching for Everybody: Drypoint Etching
Date Start Time End Time
Mar 14, 2023 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Mar 21, 2023 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Mar 28, 2023 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Apr 04, 2023 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Etching is an intaglio printmaking process where an image is incised onto a plate, then inked and printed on a press. This class seeks to demystify etching by teaching a method that is as simple as drawing. No expensive metal plates, no acid baths! Just an etching needle, a plexiglass plate, and you. We will learn what intaglio is, the difference between traditional acid etching and drypoint, and how to ink and print an image.


What to Expect: We will learn the process of incising an image onto a plate by hand, how to ink an etched plate, and how to print our plates on a press. We will also experiment with adding color to our etching using the chine collé method of layering thin, colored tissue paper. Students will also learn methods for printing by hand so the experimentation can continue at home!



3/14-Class 1: Learn about etching and intaglio, look at examples within and without the Denver Art Museum collection. Introduction to the materials and methods we’ll be using. Have everyone prepare and talk about the image they’ll be using. Begin etching.

3/21-Class 2: Etching first plate! Class will largely work on getting their images etched. Go over the plate inking process.

3/28-Class 3: Ink plates and print! Introduce chine coll?.

4/4-Class 4: Continue printing! Demonstrate how simple plates can be printed at home with elbow grease and a metal spoon or burnisher.


Materials: All materials are included in class pricing and will be provided to students on the first day of class.


Educator: Dianna Miguez,

Dianna Miguez is a multimedia artist and printmaker in Denver, Colorado. She works primarily with paper and textile, and has a background in digital art and graphic design. Dianna has B.A.S in English and Studio Art, and she currently works in Creative Engagement at the Denver Art Museum.

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