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Workshop di Incisione Sostenibile Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia

Sustainable Printmaking. Burnished Aquatint

Friday 5 April 2024
10am – 5pm

An intensive 6-hour workshop with Alessia De Bortoli

Burnished aquatint is an intaglio technique that speeds up the execution of a black style, imitating its aesthetic characteristics and the method of processing the image. Through the work of indirect engraving of the aquatint, a rough and dark surface is generated, from which, with the use of tools such as the scraper and the burnisher, we will obtain lights and shadows with highly effective tonal results.

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The Workshop

We will discover how to make an aquatint using the BIG and abrasive paper; we will engrave matrices with the salt mordant for copper, ferric perchloride, and we will create our images by bringing out the lights from the black matrix with careful manual work .
We will conclude by printing the matrices on the intaglio press with sustainable inks that do not rely on the use of solvents, opening a discussion on the performance of various types of inks for techniques such as this.

Sustainable Printmaking

Series of 8 lessons on printmaking techniques with a sustainable approach and materials, concluded by a day entirely dedicated to printing methods. An overview of the most recent and innovative research on engraving and printing processes without the use of chemical solvents and toxic materials and with water-washable inks.

This series of workshops, which can be attended individually, is aimed at engravers who wish to make their practice more sustainable and healthy, but also at those who want to approach intaglio engraving with particular attention to health and the environment.

Alessia De Bortoli

After graduation in Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, she trained in Sustainable Printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica with Roberta Feoli De Lucia. She obtained the Green Printmaking Certificate from Zea Mays Printmaking, Massachusetts, USA.

Terms of Particpation

• The maximum number of participants admitted is 12.
• If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the Workshop may be cancelled. In this case, the participants will receive a full refund of the participation fee.
• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica is a School and Studio for Artists. All of our participants are expected to abide by the rules that are provided at the beginning of each workshop.
• The use of presses and working tools is strictly prohibited without the supervision of our qualified staff. The Scuola is not responsible for any injuries that may occur as a result of not following our rules.
• Lunch is not included in the cost of the Workshop

• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica provides all materials and tools needed for the Workshop.

Registrations cancelled up to 20 days before the start of the Workshop will receive a refund equal to 50% of the participation fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be paid by the Scuola. Cancellations must be communicated by email to