In the intaglio workshop students can work with a range of intaglio techniques including copper plate, which is the most traditional material. Lines are cut into a plate and filled with ink and transferred to paper under pressure. Copper is the main printing plate material, but they can also be made of cardboard, plastic, aluminium, zinc, or polymer. Inks, papers and printing plates can be combined and can be printed in many different ways. The workshops also provide opportunities to work with etching, photopolymer printing plates, as well as working digitally directly on plates, vinyl and paper/cardboard.
Drypoint; Chalcography; Mezzotint; Etching methods (hard ground, soft ground, etc.); Etching with gelatin, acetone transfer, photo etching; Aquatint (resin, asphaltum and airbrush); Sugar lift aquatint; Spit bite; Plotter engraving; Mezzotint; Monotyping; Photopolymer engraving; Photo engraving; Collography; and Chine-collé.
The intaglio workshop offers basic two-week courses in Chalcography, and Photopolymer engraving. There is a two-week continuation course in Etching & Experiment, as well as introductory courses in plotting. Individual instruction is provided for projects.
There are courses in Woodcut, Collography, Photographic methods with old and new materials, Artist’s books, and Text and image (e.g. ‘A Matter of Language’).
Also offered are non-recurring courses related to guest teachers and lecturers, collaborative projects, within and outside the school, and other temporary situations that provide opportunities to expand the course programme.
Jenny Olsson, Lecturer in Fine Art
- 4 intaglio presses: Krause, 90x190cm printing bed; Västervik press, power-operated, 100x200cm printing bed; Older cast-iron press, 57x115cm printing bed; Sjöström, power-operated, 60x150cm printing bed.
- Heating boards for colouring and grounding; cold boards and paint mixing boards; Cylinders for colouring; 2 large glue walls for drying prints; Stacking material able to dry and press paper up to 120x170cm; Large cutting board for handling paper; Long steel rulers for tearing paper; Aquatint cupboard with resin; Aquatint cupboard with asphaltum; Airbrush for acrylic aquatint, etc.; Plate shearer, more than 1m wide; Smaller plate shearers; Dremel; Grinding machine; Drill; Gas burner; Electric heat gun.
- Acid room with possibilities for etching in the Dutch Bath, iron chloride and nitric acid; Fixed etching baths for every material and larger or smaller mobile etching baths; Possibility to work with gelatine methods; Degreasing and deoxidising baths; Aired storage cupboards for acids and chemicals; Fume cupboard for manipulating chemicals, grounds or varnish.
- Lightroom with possibilities for developing photopolymer plates (operated in collaboration with Patrick Wager, Lithography); Theimer MK 95 TSV Nova
- Vacuum table; Darkroom with storage for photosensitive materials; Light table.
- Graphtech Planplotter with possibilities for working digitally directly on plates, vinyl and paper/cardboard; 2 work computers; Printer Epson Stylus Pro 4880; Printer/scanner/copying machine Gaestner.
- Working materials: Copper plate; Zinc and iron plates, if required; Drypoints, burins, steel rockers; Hahnemühle paper, various gram weights; Somerset, various gram amounts; Paper for chine-collé; Drypoint plastic; Cardboard and thin zinc plates for collography; Charbonnel oil-based etching inks; Charbonnel water-based etching inks
- Graphic Chemical ink; Tarlatan, silk paper for drying.
- In the acid room The Dutch Bath, for etching; Iron chloride, for etching; Nitric acid, for etching; Various grounds and varnishes; Various glues and tapes for chine-collé, collography, rubber arabicum.
The workshop strives to use products and cleaning materials that are
health and environmentally friendly.