Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

Mezzotint | Judy Barringer

 11/11/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                                                       11/12/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                                                                 11/18/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                                                         11/19/2017: 10AM- 4PM                                                                                         

$180 non-associates / $153 associates ($35 for materials)  

Mezzotint, from Italian, mezzo-tinto for “half-tone” or “half-painted”, is technically a drypoint method in the intaglio family. Unlike etching, where acid is used to etch lines in the surface of the plate, thereby achieving the desired level of tonality, tonality is achieved by “distressing” the surface of a copper plate with thousands of little pits made by a tool with small teeth, called a “rocker”. The entire surface of the plate is evenly distressed with the rocker. Tonality in the image is achieved by using tools such as burnishers and scrapers to smooth desired portions of the plate. It is similar to making a charcoal drawing and bringing out the highlights with an eraser. As in intaglio printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. Areas smoothed with the burnisher and/or scraper will not hold ink and will print “white”, that is, without ink. A richness in the print can be achieved by varying the degree of smoothing, creating varying tones between black and white.

In these four sessions artists will have the opportunity to rock a plate. create the drawing by burnishing and scraping the plate to create the mid-tones between black and white, and pull a couple prints from the plate. Supplies will include a copper plate, ink, and paper. The necessary tools will be provided.

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Scout Dunbar Studio

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