The aim of this course is to provide a solid foundation for the basic techniques in printmaking. The course will run over 6 weeks and will cover intaglio, drypoint, copper sulphate etching (non-toxic printmaking), printing and editioning of print plates.
The participants will be able to produce their own original prints with a very good understanding of the technical aspects involved and to use these possibilities in favour of their creativity.
At this course you will be working and learning with a highly qualified professionalin a small group, using professional materials of great quality.
The syllabus includes:
- introduction to materials and techniques (which will be developed in depth throughout the course)
- work on perspex + drypoint
- print demo (inking up, whipping off and printing of the image)
- differences between perspex and metal plates
- hard ground etching using copper sulphate on aluminium
- soft ground etching experimenting with a lot of different textures (i.e. feathers, leaves, laces or tracing over their own drawings on the soft ground)
- tonal variations using copper sulphate
- text given about aquatint and its variations (spite bite, white ground, sugar lift and lithographic crayon)
- experimenting with different types of stop outs such as litho crayon
- creation and development of images with full assistance from tutor
- editioning, experimenting with colour and different types of paper (chine colle)
Debora Ando is a Brazilian artist based in Dublin since 2006. She studied in University of Sao Paulo where she got a degree in Fine Arts. Ando is currently finishing her MA in Visual Arts Practice with IADT, Dublin.
She is a Board Member in Black Church Print Studio where she also teaches etching and performs the role of Head of Education committee. She is also part of the artists panel in the National Gallery of Ireland, The Ark and National Print Museum.
She has been the recipient of Arts Council's Travelling and Training Award for a two-month residency in CAMAC, France and has also received grants from Culture Ireland for the Irish and Colombian Print Exchange she is organizing alongside the Original Print Gallery and La Estampa print studio.
Ando has exhibited in Brazil, England, United States, Ireland, Wales, France and Poland.