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Masterclass & Workshop Multi Plate Etching with Michael Kempson

Masterclass & Workshop /Multi Plate Etching with Michael Kempson

Nov 21, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020
Masterclass & Workshop /Multi Plate Etching with Michael Kempson

Time Sat Nov 21 2020 at 10:00 am to Sun Nov 22 2020 at 04:00 pm

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The Makers Studio Central Coast Inc., 8 Russell Drysdale Street, East Gosford, Australia

AUD 300
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Multi plate etching Masterclass & Workshop

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The Makers Studio Central Coast Inc. Master Class & Multi plate Workshop with Michael Kempson being held on Saturday & Sunday 21 & 22 November 2020. Please find below all the information you need regarding workshop attendance.

Michael Kempson is a Senior Lecturer, Convenor of Printmaking Studies & Director of Cicada Press UNSW and a vice-dean of the International Academic Printmaking Alliance based in Beijing, China. Michael is also a practising artist and master printmaker with a wealth of experience working with generations of printmaking students through to accomplished artists across Australia and internationally. He has worked with over 250 artists that have included Elisabeth Cummings, John Coburn, John Olsen, Fiona Hall, Tim Storrier, Euan Macleod, Noel McKenna, Judy Watson, Alan Jones, Reg Mombassa, Vernon Ah Kee, Fiona Foley, Michael Nelson Jagamara, Vincent Namatjira and Nicholas Harding.

Adding colour to an image is a core process of picture-making and a significant asset in the skill set of an intaglio printmaker. Multi-plate methods are the most expansive colour technique that can be applied to etching, because when overlaying colour from more than one plate complex combinations can be developed. This provides a point of distinction with other colour intaglio processes. The workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to make a colour etching using zinc plates and nitric acid that combine the methods of line, tone and texture. In so doing you’ll get some informed insights into how to manage the process relative to your creative intensions. Approaches to image development, plate construction, and colour proofing for editioning will be discussed and demonstrated. In considering attending this workshop you should have some knowledge of printmaking, and in particular etching with metal plates but all levels of experience are welcome, however some preparation is required.

Participants are asked to bring some ideas for a 3-plate image. Initially your plans should involve drawings that consider the use of 3 colours but once we start working the idea can grow and develop. If you already have some zinc plates, they must be the same size and thickness. But if you don’t, etching plates will be supplied to the format of 20 x 16cm. Any preparation drawing should accommodate that format size. Technical videos will be available so bring a thumb drive to the workshop.

What will be covered over the course of the two days:

• Introduction and examples of a range of colour intaglio prints

• The fundamental principles of multiple-plate intaglio

• How to get started – possible approaches

• Registration – transfer methods• Etching plates and combining intaglio techniques

• Hard ground, soft ground, aquatint, open-biting, and sundry other methods

• Printing the plates

• Image development following the first proof

What will be provided:

• Basic etching tools are available on loan

• Apron

• Zinc plates ~20 x 18cm

• Nitric acid etch• Oil based inks

• 1 sheet of Hahnemuhle 300gsm printmaking paper – also available for $8 a sheet at the studio should you wish to use more than the allocation

• Tarlatan, newspaper, tissue paper

• 2 x Presses

What you should bring:

• If you have etching tools please bring them with you – some are available for use at the studio

• Your own art journal & creative ideas• Morning Tea and Lunch and your own cup. (Covid 19 restrictions means no sharing of food).

Bringing your art journal to record your own notes about process and achievements – it will be invaluable to you when attempting to reproduce these techniques at a later stage.

You will need to wear closed in shoes while working in the studio for work health safety reasons. Tea and coffee is provided.

TMS COVID - 19 safety COVID 19 restrictions and rules must be adhered to. ( These are available on the TMS website and will be emailed to you prior to the event).

It is essential if you are unwell on the day of the workshop that you do not attend under any circumstances. You will, if your absence is due to Covid 19 concerns, be given a credit for an equivalent value workshop.

This workshop will enable you to experiment and explore new ideas with an experienced facilitator who will help guide your work and exploration.

The Makers Studio looks forward to working with you on 21 & 22 November 2020.

Warm regards

The Committee TMS


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Nov 21, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020
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Sat Nov 21 2020 at 10:00 am to Sun Nov 22 2020 at 04:00 pm
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The Makers Studio Central Coast Inc., 8 Russell Drysdale Street, East Gosford, Australia


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