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Etching Club, May 2023

May 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This class is currently at capacity. To be added to a waiting list, please send your name and the name of the class to us using the button below. We'll let you know if a spot opens up or another session is added.

A 7-Week In-Studio Program – Part Workshop, Part Open Studio!

Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, and 14, 6-9pm

View our current in-studio Health and Safety and Cancellation Policies >>

About this Workshop:

Join us for a knowledge-sharing and skill-building club in copper plate printmaking! Participants will work together alongside an instructor to build a thorough understanding of basic printmaking concepts, and a solid set of foundational skills. Students can build upon these skills through individual exploration, or by taking any of the more advanced printmaking workshops that Pyramid has to offer.

Etching Club will meet for 7 weeks. Each session will have a one-hour etching technique demonstration, followed by two hours of an open studio in which the instructor will be available for questions. It’s not mandatory to attend every meeting or participate in every demo, but your presence and experience is always welcome and invited! Our 7 weeks cycle will culminate in a club portfolio exchange, where we will have an opportunity to share our work and what we learned with one another. 

The club schedule is as follows:

  • Week 1: Introduction, plate preparation, drypoint
  • Week 2: Inking, wiping & printing techniques, setting up the press
  • Week 3: Basic wet media: Line etching & acid safety
  • Week 4: Aquatint, technique 1
  • Week 5: Aquatint, technique 2
  • Week 6: Creative resist methods
  • Week 7: Open Printing session and portfolio exchange

Level: All levels welcome – this club is open to all printmaking experience levels, whether you are an advanced printmaker with knowledge to share, or just starting to learn a new skill!

Registration closes April 23, 2023. Materials fees are included with registration to cover consumable materials provided in class. Students will also need to supply additional items of their own—please see the class materials list below for information.

Sample images by Nicole Parker


Registration includes a $35 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class. These items include ink, newsprint, tarlatan, and paper. In addition, students may will need to bring the following  items:

  • A Copper plate – any size, but small is recommended for beginners – like this 4”x6” plate)
  • Etching needle
  • Notebook or sketchpad
  • Pen or pencil
  • Optional: any other printmaking/intaglio tools you have or like using

Additional supplies will be discussed as we go!


Nicole Parker is a fine artist specializing in representational oil painting and intaglio printmaking. She received her BFA and Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts in 2018. She is greatly enriched and inspired by sensory sources like music, film, storytelling and food. She joined Pyramid as a keyholder resident and was thrilled to stay on as an associate! Her work can be viewed at nicole-parker-art.com.



“I really enjoyed the long term, reoccurring format of this class to get to dive into the medium and get to know the other class participants and their work. I thought it was a great balance between demo/instruction and supported open studio time.”

—Workshop Attendee, Fall 2022

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