We are excited to announce a new class at DESERT ART CENTER- Non Toxic Electrolyte Etching with BERNARD HOYES. Four Consecutive Thursdays, January 12-February 2nd 9am-12pm.
$175 for four (4) classes $65 for all supplies
Our experienced instructor will guide students through the entire process, from creating their own plates to printing their final pieces. All materials will be provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity and enthusiasm. Students own original drawing will be transferred to their prepared plate. The traced drawing will be scratched using different marking tools. Supplies, includes zinc plates, inks, Asphaltum and paper to complete an edition over the four Thursday sessions.
This class is perfect for those who are interested in printmaking but want to explore safer methods. In this class, students will learn how to create prints using Electrolyte non toxic etching technique. These methods eliminate the need for harsh chemicals traditionally used in etching, making the process safer for both the artist and the environment.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try your hand at printmaking while also being mindful of your impact on the planet. Spaces are limited, so be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot. We can’t wait to see the beautiful prints you create in this exciting new class!
Serigraphy is a time honored technique... This classic method involves labor processes based on stenciling, for creating prints by hand. It is expensive! It begins by determining how many colors are represented in the original painting. The print studio makes a separate screen for each color to be printed. If there are 70 colors printed, there must be 70 screens prepared created by a chromist (hand color separator artist) that simulate one to one the brush stroke or texture of the artist. Emoltions are embedded into the screen that block out negative or positive areas that the ink will passed through. A squeegee is used to squeeze the colors through onto the canvas or paper. The print grows with every color printing, becoming richer and more complete, until the artist is satisfied. On an average day, 1 to 2 colors can be printed. At the finishing stage a texture varnish applied. After each hand mixed color is printed, they are layed out on printing racks to dry. After approximately two to three hours, the next color can be printed. Oil based inks (base and pigments) can take longer. An edition of 300, with 70 colors can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to complete. Serigraphs are truly "Limited Editions” In order to control their rarity once an edition is completed the drawings and stencils are destroyed, as are the screens. Also, each print is slightly different, as each screen is hand pulled, adding to the rarity enhances the collector value and owning a serigraph print is a good art purchasing decision!
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