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Polymer Photogravure Class

Polymer Photogravure

Class is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email us

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 6-9pm; September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
    Saturday workshops: 10am–1pm; October 8 and 22  (please note this is a six week course)
  • Cost: $370 (10% discount for HP members)
  • Registration: Deadline is Monday, September 19
  • Enrollment: Maximum 10; minimum 6
  • Ages: 18+; all skill levels welcome
  • Instructor: Keith Taylor

The traditional process of copperplate photogravure is a complex and time-consuming one, but this alternative and contemporary method uses polymer plates that are processed in water and are both environmentally friendly and quicker to work with.

This introductory workshop in polymergravure will guide participants through each stage of the process from the original image file to the final print. Techniques covered will include how to make the film positives using Adobe Photoshop and an inkjet printer, how to expose and process the plates, and methods of inking, wiping and pulling prints. In the past, Polymer Photogravure has been taught as a weekend workshop at Highpoint; the 6-week format we are now offering will allow students more guided practice and the possibility of creating and printing additional images.

Note: Participants should bring a digital file of an image on a flash drive (image can be from a digital camera or from a scan) that has been edited and is ready for printing.

Polymer plates (2 – 8.5 x 11” per student), aquatint screens, proofing paper and ink will be provided; participants may wish to bring their own additional printmaking paper.

About the instructor: British-born Keith Taylor is a photographer and printmaker living in Minneapolis. For over thirty years he has printed exhibitions and portfolios for photographers, and now concentrates on the processes of platinum-palladium, gelatin-silver and polymergravure. He has written and contributed to many photographic magazines and books, and has presented at the Alternative Photographic International Symposium (APIS) in Santa Fe and the f294 symposium in Pittsburgh. Taylor’s own photographs have been widely exhibited across the US and the UK and are held in many private, corporate and museum collections. He is a three-time recipient of Individual Artist grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and in 2011 he was awarded a Minnesota Center for Book Arts/Jerome Foundation mentorship.

To register for classes, call Highpoint at 612-871-1326 or email info@highpointprintmaking.orgRegistrations are finalized upon receipt of payment. If payment is not received within one business week your place in the class will not be reserved.