10:00AM-4:00PM PT

Instructor:  Dennis Ahearn

After an understanding of the intaglio printmaking process is established, we will incorporate chine-collé to further embellish the printed surface. Participants will learn how to ink and print drypoint plates on plastic. We will print the images using the large etching press. Chine-collé roughly translates from French as “China Glue.”  In this process a thinner and, most often, different color paper is glued in between the ink and the printing paper.  The entire print is created in a single run through the press. (See the orange and red areas? Those are thin pieces of paper!) We will also cover caring for the finished print, as well as plate, press, and shop clean up. All materials will be provided through the materials fee, but please bring any drawing (i.e. pencil, eraser, and paper/drawing book) or printmaking tools you may already own, such as etching needles or other plastic engraving tools you have prior experience with. This focused yet fun workshop will give you some solid printmaking experience in just one day; enough to begin attending sessions of Printmaking Open Studio where you can continue experimenting with drypoint and chine-collé. In fact, at the end of the workshop you’ll receive one full-day pass (a $28 value).

If you have no prior experience, no need to worry, all materials will be provided and all levels of prior experience are welcome.  Please wear a face mask and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

$40 Materials Fee

Beginner / Intermediate
Ages 18+

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Dennis Ahearn

Dennis Ahearn


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.