Art III: Intaglio Printing
Communication through image making
Awareness of non-toxic printmaking technique - learn an intaglio process
Thinking in terms of printmaking ("reverse" thinking, creating editions)
Reinforce and choose Principles of Design
Students began by creating a composition that communicates through the use of varied values. They then etched their images into the surface of the Plexiglass to create incised lines for texture and values. Printing Ink is applied to the surface of Plexiglas plates to produce rich tonal areas, often in a very painterly manner. The plates may also be incised, abraded, or attacked with various sharp hand and/or electric tools to create velvety linear marks, and/or combined with monotype. More advanced students will work with both single and multiple plate images, in b/w as well as layered color. Plates will be inked, wiped, and printed in the intaglio (etching) method. Printmaking experience is useful, but I have also used this technique as an introductory printmaking lesson.