Printmaking and drawing workshops
Carl Jeppe. Cell: 083 204 5407. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear life drawing fanatics,
The next drawing weekend will be on Saturday March 30 th and Sunday March 31st .
We have something exciting planned for the Saturday: Mimi van der Merwe, one of Pretoria’s most beloved and experienced art teachers, will be presenting a DRYPOINT WORKSHOP. This will mean that everyone will be able to take home a couple of prints of the drawings that they do.
“Drypoint” is a technique in which the artist scratches lines in a metal plate with a hard steel point, and then rubs etching ink into those scratches. After wiping off the excess ink, the plate is covered with a sheet of paper and is run through a special press, which squeezes the paper into the lines, picking up the ink. Depending on the depth of the lines, and the burrs around its edges, you can get some beautiful effects. This process is similar, but is not to be confused with “etching,” which uses acids to bite the lines in a metal plate. To help you see the lines that you scratch on the metal plate, please bring along a dark oil pastel or an ink pen. There will also be some provided for general use.
Mimi will supply all the other necessary equipment, including the press, but I suggest you bring along an apron, as etching ink can get messy! Although this is a printmaking session, there will still be time and the opportunity to
make our regular figure drawings, so you’ll need to bring along your regular drawing/painting equipment.
Since Mimi will be providing all the printmaking materials, the session will cost R350, (but only R300 if you’re going to come to the Sunday session as well) and you’ll need to bring along a little lunch or something tasty for the lunch table. You’ll need to be there on time, so as not to miss out on Mimi’s introduction and Demo.
NB. Please let me know soon if you wish to attend the printmaking session on Saturday 30 th and/or the regular Open drawing session on Sunday 31st. We will have to limit the Drypoint group to 20 people as there is just so much we can do in one day. Also, Mimi will need to know how many plates and how much paper and ink to bring.
The Sunday 31 st March session is business as usual. If you attended the Drypoint Workshop the previous day, the cost will be R250, but if not the cost will be R300. The Models will be Daniela on Saturday and Rivon on Sunday.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful artmaking weekend!!
With very best regards