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Print making course

First the teacher makes an introduction of how to use the various tools used in the etching process.

Then you start with the etching technique:

The matrices are carved intaglio (on a metal plate, copper, steel, zinc) with a cutting tool called “needle”; then you deepen it in a strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create the design (in the metal).

Later, to reproduce the image, you spread the ink in the depressions.

Phases of the etching process:

- Preparation of the plate (zinc or copper)
- Creation of a drawing
- Drawing on the plate with tracing paper
- Learning how to wet the paper, to use ink and clean the plate
- The printing process with the manual press

The teacher will show the "aquatint technique" which permits to obtain different shades of gray and chiaroscuro effects. On the zinc plate designed with engraving, you sprinkle "Pece Greca" (in grains). Then warme slightly and gradually so that the powder adheres to the surface without melting completely. Finally you print the drawing on the paper with the manual press.

This course is available in the following levels of attendance:

BASIC COURSE
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 months
Hours: 6 hours a week
Schedule: 2 mornings per week

SEMI-INTENSIVE COURSE
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 months
Hours: 10 hours a week
Schedule: 3 mornings per week

Materials are not included in the course price.

Lessons are taught in Italian and/or in English language. At the end of the course students will receive a certificate of attendance (diploma).

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