IN-STUDIO Workshop!


Solar plate etching is a versatile and non-toxic printmaking process that produces results similar to fine photo-etchings. Photopolymer plates are exposed to a variety of film media: photographic transparencies (traditional darkroom, digital, or photocopy transparency) or images hand-drawn on acetate or combinations of both. After exposure, the plates are developed, etched in water, cured and printed on an etching press. This environmentally friendly printmaking technique does not require the use of acid or other harmful chemicals and it is a quick and versatile printmaking technique.


Registration extended through June 18, 2021, and includes a materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in-studio. Students will receive an additional supply list (with helpful links) to gather/purchase other needed items.


PLEASE NOTE: Pyramid is dedicated to protect the safety and health of its employees and guests. In-studio class size has been limited to ensure adequate spacing for students and strict cleaning regimens will be implemented for the space and tools, both before and after each class. Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

Solar Plate Etching; Jun 26-27; 11am-2pm

    • Date & Time: 2-day In-Studio workshop: Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, 11am-2pm
    • Instructor: Melissa Ezelle
      Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 15 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator. She has taught classes in lithography, intaglio, and mixed media at Pyramid since 2013 and teaches visual art at Montgomery College. She is a Private Studio Artist at Pyramid and recently completed her year of service as an Pyramid's AmeriCorps VISTA. She continues to exhibit her work locally. You can see more of Melissa's work at
    • Materials: Registration includes a $60 materials fee to cover consumables provided in-studio, such as solar plates, ink, tarlatan, and film. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:
      - 2-3 sheets of 22" x 30" cotton rag paper (recommendations: Arnheim 1618, Rives BFK, Pescia, or Somerset Satin.)
      - (optional) 1 opaque paint marker - for anyone who wants to experiment with drawing directly on film
      - Personal apron (or clothes that can get messy)
      - 1 Clean bath towel (for blotting paper)

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301.608.9101  |  4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

HOURS (as of July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

A Note About Pyramid and Covid Safety:

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. 

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