Non-Toxic Etching for Printmaking

This research driven course will investigate the endless possibilities of working with a copper plate using Lascaux Etching Hard and Soft Resist, non-toxic ground. Students will investigate hard and soft ground, and dry-point. You will develop one plate and learn to print using the etching press. Printmaking is an evolving field and we constantly strive to make our studio safer and more sustainable. Did you know that a traditional etching ground contains arsenic, lead, mercury to name but a few toxic elements which can not only be breathed in through your airways but also absorbed through your skin? With a non-toxic ground and ink, we can continue to etch in alternative ways, on a smaller and safer scale. Together, we will research rich traditions of intaglio printmaking by exploring alternatives that are safe for artists and the environment.

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About the Instructor

Madison Sterner

Madison Sterner(she/they) recently completed their BFA in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University(2017-2021), where they investigated the intersection of print and fiber. Their work centers around themes of seeking comfort as an adult with relation to childhood memories and artifacts. They recently finished a 6-month residency at VisArts where they continue to experiment with fabric dyeing/printing and quilting practices, with the goal of one day working for a radically accessible art studio. They currently live and work in Richmond, Virginia.

Instagram: @madssstudio

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Class Details
September 12 - October 319 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $305.00
Member Tuition: $274.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Madison Sterner
Level: All Levels