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Multi-plate Etching

September 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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A 5-Week In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct 5, 6-9pm

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About this Workshop:

Curious about printing in color? Multiple plate printing is an amazing way to explore advanced color and layering techniques in intaglio. This 5-day workshop will cover planning, etching, and perfecting registration techniques to print a 2-plate image. We will also discuss some basic color theory concepts, as well as how to select and mix your ink colors. Students will each come away with a small edition of colorful prints, as well as a versatile knowledge base in multi-plate printing that can be expanded and built upon in the future. The techniques we will cover can be applied to an image with as many as 4 layered plates.

Level: Advanced Students must have previously taken either Introduction to Etching (6 hrs) or Etching Club, or have equivalent experience and are familiar with etching basics like plate prep, line etching, and aquatint.

Registration extended to September 1, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though you’ll also need to gather a small list of additional items for class. 

Sample images by Nicole Parker


Registration includes a $35 materials fee to cover the materials supplied in class, including two copper plates, Tarlatan, etching ink, and newsprint. Students should bring the following additional items: 

  • Two sheets of 22”x30″ white or cream Rives BFK Paper
  • Any preferred personal etching tools (etching needle, scraper, burnisher, beveler, etc.)
  • Sharpie (one fine and one regular tip)
  • Two sketches or ideas for your prints, approximately 4” x 6” 
  • (optional) Personal apron, or wear clothes that can get a bit messy (we’ll have extra aprons on hand)
  • (optional) Pencil and paper (if you want to take notes)


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.



“Niki was a great teacher. I appreciated how she explained and showed things thoroughly and was happy and able to answer questions and offer tips to help us achieve our goals.”

—Workshop Participant, Introduction to Etching with Nicole Parker

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