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Nontoxic Aquatint

January 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A 4-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, January 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 1pm-5pm

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About this Workshop:

Aquatint is an intaglio process that produces tone rather than lines. Though this method traditionally involves the use of powdered rosin, in this workshop we will explore a contemporary and non-toxic method using an airbrush and a water soluble acrylic resist.  Like rosin, the airbrush can produce extremely fine textured results with the added benefit of being safer and more controllable. This technique is very flexible and lends itself equally well to delicate images as it does to more bold and high-contrast ideas.  In this workshop, students will learn the aquatint process from start to finish; from prepping a plate, to step-etching, and finally to printing and editioning. We will also learn how to properly operate and clean an airbrush. Students will come away with a plate and a small edition of prints.  

Level: All levels of welcome. We will work in a methodical, step-by step process so that beginners and those with some experience all feel at ease.


Registration extended through January 8, 2022 to allow time for students to gather/purchase the needed supplies for class. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including newsprint, intaglio ink, tarlatan, etching needles, and acrylic aquatint solution. Students will need to supply additional materials.

All sample images by Nicole Parker

Class Materials List:

Registration includes an $18 materials fee to cover the materials provided in class. In addition, students will need to gather/purchase the following items for class:

  • Small copper plate (4×6”)
  • 2 sheets (22”x30”) of printmaking paper (Rives, Arches, Somerset, Stonehenge are all good)
  • Sharpie marker
  • An assortment of small paint brushes

Your Instructor:

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.


“Excellent instructor – one of your best.”

—Attendee, Miniature Drypoints workshop with Nicole Parker


“The personal connection and informality made … class special. Nicole is a generous and knowledgeable artist [and] instructor!”

—Attendee, Xylene Transfers workshop with Nicole Parker

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