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Introduction to Etching

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Introduction to Etching, September 2024 Registration
$ 189.00
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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, September 8 and 15, 2-5pm

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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 August 31, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Etai Rogers-Fett


Registration includes a $30 materials fee to cover the materials supplied in class, including a copper printing plate, two sheets of printmaking paper (22”x30”), ink, tarlatan, and newsprint. In addition, students are requested to bring the following items: 

  • Two sketches or ideas for your prints, approximately 4” x 6” 
  • (optional)Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get a bit messy
  • (optional) Pencil and paper (if you want to take notes)


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.


“I came in as a beginner knowing nothing and came out really happy with what I’d made ….”

—Previous Workshop Participant


“There was a lot of information and practice to cover in a short amount of time. As an art educator I am aware of how difficult that can be. [The instructor] did an excellent job with time management and providing clear instruction with visual demonstration. I really enjoyed the conversation, ideas, and inspiration from other students.”

—Previous Workshop Participant

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