Mezzotint is a non-toxic and subtractive printmaking process traditionally involving a copper plate and just three tools: a rocker, a scraper and a burnisher. Dating back to 1642, this medium is known for the rich, velvety blacks and subtle tone variations it produces. This is a two-day workshop involving hands-on work preparing and printing mezzotints. The first session will begin with a series of demonstrations before participants start drawing, scraping and burnishing on their pre-rocked plates. Students will then have the following week between sessions to continue working on their plates at home. In session two participants will have the opportunity to print their plates, as well as discuss advanced and alternative media for future projects.
Level: Intermediate—Previous experience with line etching (Introduction to Etching or Introduction to Drypoint) or similar experience (6 hours) is helpful, but not required.
Registration extended to November 25, 2023. 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 Nicole Parker