November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
IN-PERSON: Passport to Printmaking - Drypoint

10:00AM-4:00PM PT

Instructor:  Toru Sugita

Drypoint is a printmaking technique in which an image is incised into a plate by scratching the surface with a sharp metal point, leaving a rough burr at the edges of each line.  This burr gives drypoint prints a soft line quality and rich tonality.  Traditionally the plate was copper, but we’ll use polypropylene sheet for easy scratching.  Bring 4-5 photos or photocopies (5” x 7” to 6” x 8”) that have a good range from light to dark and some texture.

No prior artmaking experience necessary.

$20 Materials Fee

Ages 18+

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Toru Sugita

Toru Sugita


Toru Sugita, a printmaker and painter originally from Japan, is actively showing his artwork throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Latin America. Toru is known for his black and white intaglio and wood engraving prints with strong architectural elements. His prints can be found in various public collections including the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco.

Toru spent time traveling extensively throughout Latin America and the Middle East finally establishing a residence in San Francisco, California. Toru received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from San Francisco State University and became actively involved in the community as an artist and an art educator for fourteen years. Toru is also known as the illustrator of award-winning book “Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines.” In 2006 Toru moved to Grand Junction, Colorado for a teaching position at Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College), where he focused on teaching in the Art Department and produced collaborative works with Matt Lindstrom, Professor of Dance. In 2009 he returned to the Bay Area as a faculty member at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California. Toru is currently in charge of establishing the printmaking programs at DVC. Toru is currently the Chairperson of the Art Department.

In 2016 Toru had a sabbatical leave from DVC and focused on his printmaking projects at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, and Taller Grafica Libre, Oaxaca, Mexico. You can find additional information about Toru and his work by visiting his website: http://www.torusugita.net.