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Photopolymer Gravure: For Beginning and Intermediate students

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June 14, 2022
June 16, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Transform your photographs into stunning gravure etchings while discovering the beauty of ink on paper. In this three-day workshop, participants will learn to make etchings from their photographs. Using light-sensitive steel-backed Solarplates, participants will work with two sizes of plates and more advanced techniques. During the workshop, participants will make two 4"x 5" plates and one 6"x 8" plate. A variety of papers will be explored as well as the á la poupée method of applying color. Participants have the option of hand-coloring their prints and will each leave with eight to ten prints. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

About the Instructor(s)

Karen Hymer is a visual artist and educator living in Silver City, New Mexico. She holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees in fine art photography and has taught for over 25 years. She sees teaching as an opportunity to present new ways of experiencing the world through interaction with nature and image making. Karen’s current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Her richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. Her images are visually seductive; a poetic beauty is revealed in often overlooked subjects.

Materials List: Students Bring

• 5 digital photographs (emailed to the teacher 3 weeks before class starts)

• Old shirt or apron

• 12 x 16 or larger box to transport prints


• Hand coloring materials

• Favorite watercolor paper

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Plates

• Aquatint screen

• Paper

• Inks

• Exposure unit

• Newsprint

• Gloves

• Wiping cloth

• Scrapers

• Film

• Printer with ink to make film positives (this will happen 2 weeks before the workshop starts)

• Brushes

• Magnets

• Tape

• File

• Tray

• Developing brush

• Hairdryer

• Powder and brush

• Glass

• Support for glass

• Q-tips

• Dawn soap

• Colored pencils

• Pastels

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