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Solar Plate Etching, April 2022

April 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, April 3 and 10, 12pm-5pm

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About this Workshop:

Solar plate etching is a versatile and non-toxic printmaking process that produces results similar to fine photo-etchings. Photopolymer plates are exposed to a variety of film media: photographic transparencies (traditional darkroom, digital, or photocopy transparency) or images hand-drawn on acetate or combinations of both. After exposure, the plates are developed, etched in water, cured and printed on an etching press. This environmentally friendly printmaking technique does not require the use of acid or other harmful chemicals and it is a quick and versatile printmaking technique.

Level: IntermediateGeneral experience with intaglio printmaking processes, such as etching, drypoint, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint, or other similar experience, is recommended.

Registration closes March 24, 2022 to allow time for materials to be purchased and prepared. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including plates, ink, tarlatan, newsprint, and the film for printing your positive images for exposure. Students will have a small list of additional items to gather/purchase for class.

Sample image by Melissa Ezelle


Registration includes a $60 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including plates, ink, tarlatan, newsprint, and the film for printing your positive images for exposure. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • 3 sheets of 22″ x 30″ cotton rag printmaking paper (recommendations: Arnheim 1618, Rives BFK, Pescia, or Somerset Satin.)
  • (optional) Personal apron (or wear clothes that can get inky)
  • (optional) Opaque paint marker – if you wish to draw on film to create your own positive images


Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 15 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator. She has worked with Resources for Human Development in Philadelphia, The Arc of Prince George’s County, The Foundation of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Studio Theater and as the recent Americorps/Vista for Pyramid Atlantic. Melissa has taught classes in lithography, intaglio, and mixed media at Pyramid since 2013 and teaches visual art at Montgomery College. She continues to exhibit her work locally. You can see more of Melissa’s work at https://augusta-mae-press.square.site.

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