Working on clear Plexiglas plates, students will use ink to draw or paint onto the smooth surface using rollers, brushes, palette knives, cotton swabs, stencils and cloth. When the plate is ready the student will lay a piece of paper on top of the plate and run both through an etching press. Students will learn how to plan an image and how to work organically, adding layers and reacting to the image.
Techniques and concepts learned during this process include:
- Additive and subtractive inking
- Positive and negative space
- How to build up and register layers
- Color theory through color mixing
- Using rollers, brushes, stencils, found objects and other tools
- How to safely and successfully print using the etching press
Classes are 2-3 hours in length. Students have the option of using plexiglas plates measuring 4 by 6, 6 by 8, 8 by 12, or 12 by 16 inches inches (Participant maximum for 12 by 16 plates is 20). Each student can expect to make at least one print, but can make as many as time allows. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
If you are looking for more information or to schedule a class, please contact Tyler Green, Education and Community Programs Manager, at 612.871.1326 or email us.