For the first time in many years, we are running a Printmaking Workshop!
If this is something you’ve always been curious about, come along and find out ‘how they do it’. Even if you have done printmaking before – find out about Solar Plate Etching.
**Due to the equipment required for printmaking, this workshop is limited to 10 participants**
Solar plate etching is a non toxic form of etching. A photosensitive photopolymer plate is used to expose a design in the sun. it is then washed in water to reveal the image hardened by the UV rays.The plate is dried and ready to print on the etching press.
The original design needs to be applied onto clear transparency film. This can be done with existing photographs or drawings at Officworks, who provide acetate and copy for 80cents each. If this is not possible, then there will be photocopies with a variety of illustrations available to cut and collage to create your image on the day.
You will create 1 solar plate 15×10 cm (A6 size) and will create up to 5 prints. Colour will be applied in various methods.
If you wish, you could bring a design printed on Acetate by Officeworks.
All other materials will be provided for you.
Please bring $25 to cover the cost of materials to pay directly to the tutor on the day.
The materials provided will be:
- 1 solar plate A6
- All etching inks
- All 250 gms printmaking paper
- Printing gauze (Tarlatan)
- transparencies to create artwork.
- All non toxic solvents to clean plates
- Baby oil
- Butchers paper
- Tissue paper to take home prints
About the Tutor:
Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris before moving to Sydney 30 years ago to teach at the Sydney University Art Workshop. She was the recipient of the Moya Dyring Studio at the Cite des Arts in Paris in 1988. During her residency, she studied the Viscosity colour printing at the Atelier 17 under notorious master printer William Hayter.
In 1994 she trained with American printmaker Dan Welden who initiated the non toxic printmaking technique called Solar Plate Etching. Since then, Seraphina has developed this process in Australia and in her own art practice.
She has taught printmaking at Meadowbank Tafe, Hornsby Tafe, and Penrith Tafe. She regularly teaches Solar Plate at Megalo print Studio, Canberra, summer schools at Camp Creative in Bellingen. She is a mentor to artists with a disability and teach them printmaking at the Addison road centre, Marrickville.
Most recently she travelled to India to take up an Artist in Residency at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. There she taught Solar plate etching as well as at the Kola Bhavan University in Shantineketan, West Bengal. Seraphina has had many solo and group exhibitions of her work in Australia and Overseas, and is represented in many public and private collections in Australia and Overseas.
1. Ku-ring-gai Art Society Members only – log in, then book and pay online by credit card or Paypal
- The workshop fee is $65
2. Non Members only – book and pay online by credit card or Paypal
- The workshop fee is $90.
For any enquiries, feedback or suggestions for future tutors, click here to send Anne Carpenter an email or call on 0411 034 413
- Location of all workshops: West Lindfield Community Hall, 40 Moore Avenue, West Lindfield.
- Set up is from 9 o’clock. Workshops start promptly at 9:30am and conclude at 3:30pm.
- Morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please bring your own lunch, or this can be bought at the local shops.
- Bookings are essential and workshop must be paid for at time of booking. Participants are booked in order of payment. Class sizes are restricted to a maximum of 16.
- There is no refund or credit for a cancellation. If you are unable to attend please check with Anne if there is anyone on the waiting list, or arrange for a friend to attend on your behalf.
- Ku-ring-gai Art Society reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum enrollment is not reached, or there are circumstances beyond their control. When such cases occur, a full refund will be made or a coupon will be issued to use for another workshop.
- If you prefer to work on an easel, please bring your own as we only provide tables and chairs.