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December 3, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, December 3 and 10, 11am-5pm

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About this Workshop:

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


Registration includes a $75 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including a pre-rocked mezzotint plate, ink, tarlatan, newsprint, and access to the classroom tools. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • 2-3 sheets of cotton rag printmaking paper – recommendations: Fabriano Rosapina (teacher’s choice) or Rives BFK 22”x30” 
  • An idea/sketch of what you’d like to print, approximately 4”x5” in size
  • (optional) Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or substitute clothes that can get inky
  • (optional) Personal Intaglio Burnisher (we’ll have a classroom set available)
  • (optional) Personal Intaglio Scraper (we’ll have a classroom set available)
  • (optional) Notebook/sketchbook and writing tool for taking notes and sketching ideas


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.

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