Basic Photoshop skills required.
Dive into centuries of printmaking and photographic innovation in this intermediate workshop in photopolymer gravure. Students combine turn-of-last-century photographic publishing techniques with cutting-edge polymer plate and digital positive technology to self-publish editions of photographs or drawings. Photopolymer gravure is an intaglio technique using ink on paper to create a continuous tone exquisite for photo printing. The workshop provides a bridge between photography and printmaking; students manipulate photographs both digitally and on the press.
Students begin with two digital files – photograph or drawings – to print digital positives. Using these films, we create polymer plates and print by hand on the etching press. Experiment with ink color, hand-wiping techniques and collage. Each student creates an edition of five prints from one of the two plates they create. *Some plates provided.
Through demonstrations and studio time, students learn to manipulate files for plate making, create plates and print on an etching press. Each day includes a demonstration of technique and studio time for working, with individualized instruction from the instructor.
Meg Turner is a printmaker, photographer and installation artist specializing in antique modes of photomechanical reproduction and advertising. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Columbia University. Meg lives and works between New Orleans and New York City.