Drawing into Print with Drypoint

  • Instructor: Meg Bussey
  • Age: 18+; All skill levels welcome
  • Enrollment: Maximum 10; Minimum 6
  • Dates: Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 10 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $225 (10% discount for HP members)

Learn the basics of this straightforward printmaking technique developed in the 15th century. Used by Rembrandt and contemporary artists such as Kiki Smith and William Kentridge, drypoint is an ideal process for those who enjoy drawing. Drypoint has a uniquely soft and delicate-looking line quality that imparts a deep richness to an image. In this class you’ll learn how to prepare a plate by beveling the edges and cleaning the plate, then you’ll draw an image of your own design directly onto the plate using an etching needle. Next you’ll ink and wipe the plate in the traditional manner using tarlatan cloth. Finally, you’ll print your image onto hand-torn dampened paper with the etching press. The 2-day class allows for full development of your drawing on the plate and time to proof and print a small edition.

About the Instructor: Meg Bussey has taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Minnesota and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with an MFA in Printmaking, and has been the recipient of an MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She is also a member of HP’s artists’ cooperative.