Bring out the artist in you. I know for a fact that we have a lot of talented artist in our group. Show your stuff at this hands on class. People took home some very creative work after our last class. I've even seen some hanging on their walls. This time we will be doing drypoint, a process we haven't done before in one of our classes.
This is a prepay event. The cost is $21.50 per person. (drypoint is a more expensive process then those we have done in the past.) Payment can be made on Pay Pal, Amazon or by personal check. If you need my address let me know and I will send it to you. This time you will have something to show and maybe will develop a new interest in printmaking and will want to learn more. We need a minimum of 10 people to make this happen. PLEASE HAVE YOUR PAYMENT IN BY Jan. 20th.
A while ago members toured the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, not only were we able to see some beautiful prints we were also shown several different printmaking processes. If we learned anything, it was that printmaking is a true art form that has been around for a very long time. There are some types that can be done fairly quickly and others that take days, even weeks to complete.
Following the tour, the group will try their hand at printmaking. Highpoint will provide instruction and all materials.
Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate (or "matrix") with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or plexiglas are also commonly used. Like etching, drypoint is easier for an artist trained in drawing to master than engraving, as the technique of using the needle is closer to using a pencil than the engraver's burin.
Lady of Spring, printed with sepia ink.
The lines produced by printing a drypoint are formed by the burr thrown up at the edge of the incised lines, in addition to the depressions formed in the surface of the plate. A larger burr, formed by a steep angle of the tool, will hold a lot of ink, producing a characteristically soft, dense line that differentiates drypoint from other intaglio methods such as etchingor engraving which produce a smooth, hard-edged line. The size or characteristics of the burr usually depend not on how much pressure is applied, but on the angle of the needle. A perpendicular angle will leave little to no burr, while the smaller the angle gets to either side, the larger the burr pileup. The deepest drypoint lines leave enough burr on either side of them that they prevent the paper from pushing down into the center of the stroke, creating a feathery black line with a fine, white center. A lighter line may have no burr at all, creating a very fine line in the final print by holding very little ink. This technique is different from engraving, in which the incisions are made by removing metal to form depressions in the plate surface which hold ink, although the two methods can easily be combined, as Rembrandt often did. Because the pressure of printing quickly destroys the burr, drypoint is useful only for comparatively small editions; as few as ten or twenty impressions with burr can be made, and after the burr has gone, the comparatively shallow lines will wear out relatively quickly. Most impressions of Rembrandt prints on which drypoint was used show no burr, and often the drypoint lines are very weak, leaving the etched portions still strong. To counter this and allow for longer print runs, electroplating (called steel facing by printmakers) can harden the surface of a plate and allow the same edition size as produced by etchings and engravings.
In the 20th century many artists produced drypoints, including Max Beckmann, Milton Avery, and Hermann-Paul. By adding aquatint work on the plate and inking with various colours, artists such as Mary Cassatt have produced colour drypoints. Canadian artistDavid Brown Milne is credited as the first to produce coloured drypoints by the use of multiple plates, one for each colour.
We will gather at a local restaurant for socializing and to talk about all that we learned.