A Hybrid In-Studio/Virtual Workshop!


In this workshop, students will learn tol make and print a copperplate etching. Over the first two sessions, we will learn how to apply two fundamental intaglio techniques, etched with ferric chloride: (1) line-etching with hard-ground and (2) tonal values with aquatint. As time allows, we will explore scraping, burnishing and drypoint. The final session focuses on printing a one-color etching to produce a small edition. This course is aimed at beginners and those seeking a refresher.


This class will meet with the following schedule

  • Day 1, In-Studio on Thursday, August 12, 6-9pm: Hard Ground Demo - Plate prep, ground application, drawing transfer, mark-making, etching, simple proofing.

  • Day 2, In-Studio on Thursday, August 19, 6-9pm: Aquatint Demo - Aquatint Application, Stop-out and Step-etch for Aquatint.

  • Day 3, In-Studio on Thursday, August 26, 6-9pm: Print Session - Drypoint, Burnishing, Scraping, Roulette as further mark-making and corrections, Paper Dampening, Press Set-up, Inking and Wiping, Printing, Paper Drying, Signing Prints.

  • Day 4, Zoom Session on Thursday, September 2, 6-7pm: Final Show & Tell discussion


Registration closes August 2, 2021 to allow time for students to gather/purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items.  Your registration includes a $22 materials fee to cover in-studio chemicals and other consumables such as newsprint, ink, tape, and more.


PLEASE NOTE: (As of May 25, 2021)—While we are encouraged by the numbers reported locally and nationally, Pyramid is committed to the health of our artists and visitors. At this time, we are choosing to be more conservative than the local ordinances. We have increased our studio capacity numbers in some areas but will continue to operate the building at a reduced capacity and require mask wearing in all public spaces. Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns.


All virtual sessions will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. 


Featured images by Fleming Jeffries

Intaglio Basics; Aug 12, 19, 26, and Sep 2; times vary

    • Date and Time: 4-day workshop: Thursdays, August 12, 19, and 26, 6-9pm In-Studio; and September 2, 6-7pm via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the session)
    • Instructor: Fleming Jeffries
      Fleming Jeffries is a visual artist and printmaker who explores the intertidal zone between human cultures and the natural world. Her work relies on slow processes, such as printmaking, papermaking, and hand-dyeing, to slow the mind’s eye and distill metaphor. Recent projects investigate Natural Dyes / Silk Roads and Oceanic Climate Change. Fleming has shown in the US and internationally with work in private and public collections, including the recent group show “Imagine Climate” at Anderson Ranch Art Gallery. She received a BFA in Studio Art (Printmaking) and BA in Languages (Russian) from University of Alaska Anchorage, and an MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Fleming completed the Printer Training Program at Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after which she assisted in the re-writing of the Tamarind Book of Lithographic Techniques. She has recently relocated to Washington DC, her hometown, and has a studio at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. In Fall 2020, she is teaching remotely at VCU School of the Arts in Qatar, where she was faculty in the Painting and Printmaking Department from 2013-2019.
    • Materials: Registration includes a $22 materials fee to studio chemicals and some consumable materials for class, including ink, newsprinte, and more. Students will need to purchase/gather all other materials, including:
      • Personal apron
      • Nitrile Gloves (disposable or non-disposable)  - can substitute Dishwashing Gloves
      • Cotton Towel, pre-washed and dried
      • Etching Scribe/Needle (or substitute Dental Tool)
      • Synthetic Brushes for Acrylic Paint, assorted sizes
      • 1 Copper Plate
      • 1+ sheets of heavyweight printmaking paper, such as Rives BFK, Arches Cover, Somerset, Fabriano
      • Ballpoint pen