April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
AS220 Printshop
Lucie Way
Providence, RI 02903
401-831-9327 x202


big_press_1024x1024Learn to use the largest press in Rhode Island.

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 + 14, 10-3pm

The goal of this class is to learn how to operate and print on the large Takach etching press. This class is ideal for intermediate to advanced level printmakers that have experience in either monotype, etching, or relief. Familiarity with a traditional etching press is required.

This class will be held over two consecutive Sundays.  During the first class we will focus on learning the technical characteristics of the press.  We will go over the set up of the compressor, how to adjust pressures for different types of plates, substrate setups, blankets, drying rack, and clean up. We will print sample etching, relief, and monotype plates and go over damp packs for a large paper.  During the second class, everyone will have the opportunity to make and print a large monotype.
At the end of this class, you will be qualified for one complementary block of time with a certified large press instructor.  You will have 6 months to use this block before the time expires.  This class is a pathway to certification for using the press and certification will be granted on a case by case basis.

Instructors:  Kate Aitchison

Kate Aitchison’s artwork focuses on human interventions in the natural landscape especially those related to watersheds and dams.  Her most recent work, River Mile Zero (ii) is a five panel monotype printed on the large Takach press at AS220, which is currently on display at the Granoff Center at Brown University.