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Introduction to Etching, May 2023

May 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 6–9pm

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About this Workshop:

This beginner/refresher workshop introduces participants to creating intaglio prints from copper plates. It will cover basic techniques including drypoint, hard ground line etching, plate preparation, and printing, as well as an overview of best practices in the print shop such as cleaning procedures, setting the press, and materials location and sourcing. This is a perfect printing process for those who love working with line and tone. Participants will produce a small copper plate etching and edition, using black ink and/or variable colors, depending on the interests and levels of the students.

The class will conclude with an opportunity to share and discuss everyone’s artwork. 

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes April 24, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample image by Nicole Parker


Registration includes a $25 materials fee to cover the materials supplied in class, including copper printing plates, paper, ink, tarlatan, and newsprint. In addition, students are requested to bring the following items:

  • Personal apron (or wear clothes that can get a bit messy)
  • Pencil and paper (if you want to take notes)
  • Two sketches or ideas for your prints, approximately 5” x 7” 
  • Two sheets of Rives BFK white paper (22”x32”), or similar printmaking paper


Etai Rogers-Fett (he/him) is a printmaker, judaica artist, and arts educator living on Piscataway and Nacotchtank land in the DMV. In his printmaking practice, Etai draws inspiration from Jewish craft traditions of papercutting, manuscript illumination, and calligraphy to create compositions that blend decorative and narrative imagery and explore letterforms as sculptural bodies. Etai plays with the genres of Jewish book arts in order to tell the stories of gender-expansive identities often deliberately obscured from this historical body of work—weaving together archival research, folktales, and speculative imagining to trace vibrant trans and queer Jewish lineages. Etai has recently been part of both Pyramid’s Studio Internship and Keyholder Residency programs. See more of Etai’s work at www.tsukunst.com.

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