Drypoint Workshop with Lucas Nkgweng
Weekend Printing Workshop
23 October + 30 October 2021
10:00 - 13:00
Hosted at our studio at the Isle of Houghton
WHAT IS DRYPOINT?
Drypoint is a non-acid technique. It is the most direct of all intaglio techniques. The image is produced by scratching the surface, metal, plastic, board, etc, with a sharp needle and raising a burr. The burr holds more printing ink than the incised line itself, which is quite shallow and holds less ink.
The print has rich, dark blacks when the burr is new but when the burr starts to break off and wear down, the plate loses much of its character. The actual tonality of the line is determined by the angle of the needle. Tonal areas can be reworked if they are too light and scraped/burnished down if they are too dark.
PURPOSE OF WORKSHOP
The point of this workshop is to introduce the participants to Drypoint printing technique so that they can learn and understand the printing process, then produce their own drypoint prints. Drypoint provides participants with a basis, both for the development of more advanced intaglio printmaking methods (etching, engraving, aqua tint and mezzo tint), as well as a set of methods that they can apply to the production of marketable fine art prints.
Participants equipped with this skill will be able to contribute to the development of a professional culture of printmaking within the visual arts, and produce artwork, which is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding, and confident application of the tools, materials and equipment associated with Drypoint printmaking methods.
WHO CAN SIGN UP?
The workshop is suitable for the beginners and for those with some experience.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own reference materials, such as drawings/sketches, photographs and objects.