Drypoint Etching

Drypoint Etching with Peter McLean

Drypoint Etching
With Peter McLean

Tuesday > 10am-12:30pm

21 May – 25 June 2019

This workshop series will cover the basics of creating delicate and detailed images through the use of the intaglio printmaking technique of drypoint. Drypoints appear similar to etchings, but do not require using acid and can be made with a variety of materials. This will be combined with chine-collé and montotype to further enrich and diversify the images created.

About Peter McLean >

Peter McLean

Peter McLean is an artist with a deep affinity for nature and the environment. Working across a range of printmaking techniques as well as drawing and installation, his work explores the materiality of nature and our physical, emotional and spiritual relationships with place. As well as exhibiting regularly and undertaking residencies, Peter has extensive experience teaching printmaking for a wide range of students, including at ANU School of Art and Design, the National Art School in Sydney, Megalo Print Studio and Woodford Folk Festival.

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Week 1 (21 May)
Introduction to the general concepts of intaglio and drypoint methods. Warm up with some simple drawing exercises before creating your first drypoint plate.

Week 2 (28 May)
Learn how to ink the plates and use a press to print intaglio images. Continue to build and change the image.

Week 3 (4 June)
Use the collage-like technique of chine-collé to add colour and complexity to the printed image.

Week 4 (11 June)
Artist of the week: Clarice Beckett. The way Clarice Beckett saw the world is fascinating, in hazy, blurred and often muted tones. We will experiment with these concepts.

Week 5 (18 June)
Artist of the week: Fred Williams. Jumping forward in time, we will examine Williams’ passion for the Australian landscape as seen from above. Williams often worked in gouache on paper; we will examine these, and make a work inspired by his ideas.

Week 6 (25 June)
Artist of the week: John Wolseley. A contemporary artist who mostly works in watercolour, found ochres and charcoal and often damaged paper. Experiment with some natural ochre as well as watercolours.

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All materials will be provided.

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Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.