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Introduction to Etching

April 6 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday April 6th & Saturday April 13th
 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Dennis Ahearn
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Materials Fee: $25
Sliding Scale:
 $85 / $135 / $175

About the class

Learn the basics of etching, the 500-year-old printmaking process used by masters such as Rembrandt, Dürer, Chagall, and Goya. This two session class will focus on using copper plates to create intaglio prints. During the first meeting you will learn how to prepare the plate, design your image, and use an etching needle. Between sessions the instructor will immerse your plate into the etchant. At the second meeting you will learn how to ink your plate, soak the paper, and use the printing presses. You’ll complete the class having made your own hand-pulled prints. You will also have your etched copper plate and the experience to continue independently during sessions of Printmaking Open Studio. No prior printmaking experience required. All levels welcome. Supplies are provided through the materials fee, but you are welcome to bring small sketches or photos as inspiration.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Dennis Ahearn

Instructor / Artist

Dennis Ahearn is an artist and printmaker. He received his BFA in Studio Art Ceramics from the University of Central Florida in 2004 and his MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2007. During his time at Tyler, he spent one year at their campus in Rome, Italy. From 2007-2019 he was a full-time Lecturer at the University of Central Florida where he taught all levels of printmaking, drawing, and design. In his art work he uses painting, drawing, and printmaking to combine images with text and create deeply personal images that attempt to also have a universal appeal. He now lives and works in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two young kids.

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