8 Day Plein Air Etching: Sgraffito and Drypoint Intaglio Workshop
The location for this amazing workshop will be one of two beautiful Sicilian Villas located in the Sicilian countryside yet 30 minutes from the historic center of vibrant Palermo.
Sgraffito on Porcelain: durable after being fragile, immediate, versatile, singular
Drypoint on Polyester Resin: portable, tough, inexpensive, reproducible
In this exciting and multifaceted class, participants will learn two different, though related, media and techniques: Black and white sgraffito on porcelain, and dry point etching on PET resin. We will focus on the skies and sea of Sicily, working outside as much as possible to capture the light drenched and ever-shifting natural beauty of this enchanted place. Artists will leave with bisque-fired porcelain pieces suitable for display or further firing, and stabilized for travel, as well as a number of plates for printing. If time allows, artists will learn to wipe and pull prints from their plates. Artists should expect to be able to make one completed sgraffito piece or etched plate per day of class. All tools and materials will be provided, and of course bring your own tools if you have favorites! This will be a fun exploration of technique, with a special focus on strengthening visual memory skills.
Tim Christensen travels the world etching on PET resin and porcelain his observations of the skies and seas, and the creatures and systems living in them. He teaches extensively in The US and Australia, as well as operating a clay studio in his off-grid home nestled in the woods, on the coast of Eastern Maine.
Guests will arrive during the day and settle in. Everyone will get a chance to meet and then in the evening Bruno will prepare dinner, which is always created with Sicily's bountiful foods, where fresh, in season and local food is the norm.