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3 level repeating Copper Etching Masterclass Course with Erika Shiba

About the tutor:

Erika Shiba is a Japanese printmaker born and raised in Hong Kong. She received her BFA in 2018 from Parsons School of Design in New York for Illustration and Printmaking and received her MFA in Printmaking at Illinois State University in 2021.Record-keeping, journaling, home(s), cryptology, and memory are at the core of Erika’s research. Her main interest currently is on memory and its delicate nature. She records, questions, and reflects on her own memory and creates ciphers to represent this process using printmaking techniques and graphite drawings. She memorializes intangible moments she remembers from her home(s) and symbolizes them using obscure forms and structures.

Her Instagram is: @erkashba

MPC is starting a new repeating course with Erika for Etching. This is a repeated cycle, meaning after the last advanced session is completed we will plan for the next cycle of classes to open again.

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Master Course details below (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)

Price discounts:

Students who would like to register for  all three classes  get a  20% discount, making the total fee  4,000HKD  which also includes free access to the Open Studio session on 23rd October.

  • All 3 classes: $4000 (20% discount)
  • Beginner and Intermediate 2 course package: $2500

Sunday 23rd October Open Studio Session (also open to general public only copper etching), 12:00pm - 5:00pm

  • General public price for Open Studio session only: $280
  • includes using printing press, ink, ground and tools
  • Not included copper plate and Fine paper, can be bought at our studio on the day - please request beforehand by emailing the studio.
  • Included free in workshop price for beginner, intermediate and advanced, Students will need to pay for extra plate and paper if they require.

 

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LEVEL 1 BEGINNER

A 1-day workshop that will introduce fundamental techniques used to create copper etchings. Participants will leave the course equipped with technical skills and knowledge of the process, which they can later use within their own practices. 

Etching is a traditional printmaking process in which lines or marks are physically bitten into a piece of metal (often copper) using an acid. This technique dates back to the sixteenth century and has been widely used by artists specializing in various mediums to create multiples of one image. 

  • Date: Saturday 24th September
  • Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, 30 min lunch break (an hour if possible)
  • Course taught in English (Cantonese will be spoken too by assisting tutor)
  • Cost: $1500
  • No deadline for ticket sale
  • Class size 6

This course will also include an Open Studio Printing Session that will take place on  Sunday 23rd October, 12:00pm - 5:00pm  where students can come in and continue printing their plates. This is included in your course cost, and we encourage you to come and try out your learnt skills.

Students will learn how to:

  • Safely prepare a copper plate with hardground
  • Explore image transfer techniques and work from your own existing drawings
  • Safely use appropriate tools and acid
  • Properly apply ink, register, print, and curate their print

After the workshop, students will bring home their etchings printed on paper and 1 copper matrices.

Materials needed:

  • A sketch (hand-drawn or digital) of an image or composition you would like to turn into a print. Think about size - the size of the sketch will roughly be the size of your final print

All other required materials will be supplied by MPC and the instructor.

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LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE

A 1-day workshop that will cover aquatint, an etching process that allows the printer to create a wide range of tonal values from fine and subtle to rich and dark. Because this technique is often used in conjunction with line etching, this course is a great next step for those who are keen on expanding their existing knowledge of etching. Participants will leave the course equipped with a further understanding of the etching process as a whole. 

  • Date: Sunday 9th October
  • Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Course taught in English  (Cantonese will be spoken too by assisting tutor)
  • Cost: $1500
  • Booking Deadline: 30th September
  • Class size 6

This course will also include an Open Studio Printing Session that will take place on  Sunday 23rd October, 12:00pm - 5:00pm  where students can come in and continue printing their plates. This is included in your course cost, and we encourage you to come and try out your learnt skills.

*Students will pick up a pre-prepped plate covered with hardground before the lesson (1st-3rd October) so they can work on their image at home and focus on aquatint during the course. The class will focus on the aquatint process and hardground will not be covered. *

Students will learn how to:

  • Properly and evenly apply aquatint to their plate
  • Burnish their plate to remove unwanted marks or create highlights 
  • Step bite their plate to get a range of tones 
  • Create a print that combines hardground and aquatint techniques
  • Experiment with the technical skills they have acquired

After the workshop, students will bring home their etchings printed on paper and 1 copper matrices.

Students will need to prepare:

  • Their image fully drawn with needle tool on their hardground covered plate (we will etch this in class)

All other required materials will be supplied by MPC and the instructor.

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LEVEL 3 ADVANCED

A 1-day workshop that will introduce advanced etching techniques, such as alcohol toner wash, tusche wash, sugar lift, and spit bite. Many of these techniques allow artists to add exciting textures to their plates and expand their imagery. Furthermore, students will have an opportunity to use their existing knowledge of etching and experiment with them. This course will highlight the abundant possibilities of the etching process when different techniques are combined.

  • Date: Saturday 22nd October
  • Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Course taught in English  (Cantonese will be spoken too by assisting tutor)
  • Cost: $2000
  • Booking Deadline: 14th October
  • Class size 4

This course will also include an Open Studio Printing Session that will take place on  Sunday 23rd October, 12:00pm - 5:00pm  where students can come in and continue printing their plates. This is included in your course cost, and we encourage you to come and try out your learnt skills.

*Students will pick up a pre-prepped plate covered with hardground before the lesson (15th-17th October) so they can work on their image at home and focus on advanced techniques during the course.*

Students will learn:

  • the properties of tusche
  • how sugar lift works
  • the difference between ferric chloride and nitric acid 

Students will need to prepare:

  • A sketch (hand-drawn or digital) of an image or composition you would like to turn into a print. Think about size - the size of the sketch will roughly be the size of your final print

After the workshop, students will bring home their etchings printed on paper and 2 copper matrices.

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Sunday 23rd October Open Studio Session 12:00pm - 5:00pm

  • also open to general public only copper etching for $280
  • includes using printing press, ink, ground and tools
  • Not included copper plate and Fine paper, can be bought at our studio on the day - please request beforehand by emailing the studio.

Open Studio: Open Studio Only

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