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Non-Toxic Intaglio Electro-Etching

May 13, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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A 3-Day In-Studio Intensive Workshop!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13–15, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

In this 3-day intensive, participants will learn basic knowledge of electro-etching techniques, a non-toxic print method. Participants will gain a working knowledge of the science behind electro-etching, safely preparing and etching their metal plates as well as maintaining a non-toxic work environment. The class will then cover traditional ground equivalents such as electro-line, electro-tint, open bite, and sugar-lift technique while working with BIG ground and other safer solutions. By the end of this workshop, participants will not only print a small edition of their own design, but also gain the knowledge and confidence to set up their own electro-etching tank in their studio.

Level: All levels welcome – no experience required

Registration extended through May 5, 2022. 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 process images by Malgorzata Oakes


Registration includes a $60 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including copper printmaking plates (3), non-toxic etching ground, plate cleaners, and more. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials of their own, including:


Malgorzata Oakes is a Polish-born artist residing in the Hudson Valley in New York. She holds a Ph.D. from the Scientific Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts from the Doctoral School of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art & Design in Wrocław, Poland, where she also obtained her MFA in Printmaking in 2001. 

Oakes’ prints, drawings and paper installations have been exhibited in museums, galleries and print shops worldwide. Among her many accomplishments, Oakes has received a Full Fellowship Award from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in 2021. She has been selected for numerous artist residencies, including Collective Research Residency as well as Artist Residency at Frans Masereel Centrum, Non-toxic Electro-etching Workshop Residency with Alfonso Crujera, and Zea Mays Printmaking Residency where she has been awarded a scholarship. 

Oakes is an active educator, papermaker and professional printmaker, involved in various interdisciplinary collaborative projects with her students and colleagues. Her work speaks to the sustainable mission of the arts. She travels to share her research focused on non-toxic electro-etching innovative processes within the United States and Europe. Her latest research was published in Printmaking Today’s Winter 2021 issue. She currently teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Orange County Community College, Woodstock School of Art as well as Women’s Studio Workshop. Learn more about her work at www.malgorzataoakes.com.

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