Experimental Color Etching – R1010-19

Date: Aug 05 - 09, 2019

Skill Level(s): I to III i

Instructor(s): Susan Belau

Tuition: $985
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Explore the range of marks available in the etching process and the flexibility of intaglio printing to create variable editions. Focusing on color printing, students discover the delicate lines, painterly gestures and bold tonal shapes possible with intaglio processes. Strategies for expanding beyond conventional printing techniques are introduced and students create multiple copper plates that can be printed in combination or individually. Selective inking, the shaped plate, drawing directly on the print, the paper surface built up through collage, overprinting and mismatched plates explore the print as both image and object.

Media & Techniques:

We learn the fundamentals of etching processes and color printing. Demonstrations include printing and registration techniques, chine colle, printing with stencils, variations in inking, and hand-coloring methods. Students work with a variety of papers with an emphasis on Japanese paper for printing, offset and collage.


Students begin by using drawings to develop into multiple copper plates. We experiment with color and materials. Each day includes demonstrations followed by studio time and reflections on work in progress through individual and group critiques.


Susan Belau uses representation and abstraction to connect the processes of drawing and printmaking to landscape, memory and place. She is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. Susan received her MFA in Printmaking from University of Nebraska, Lincoln and trained as a printer at Paulson Press in Berkeley, CA.


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