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Acquaforte e Ceramolle Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

Sustainable Printmaking. Etching and Soft-Ground

Friday 28 October 2022
10am – 5pm

An intensive 6-hour workshop with Alessia De Bortoli

Etching and soft-ground are among the most famous and fascinating engraving techniques, or techniques that involve the use of acids to generate engraved signs. This workshop aims to present the two techniques in a contemporary and sustainable perspective.

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Sustainable Printmaking

Series of 5 workshops on intaglio engraving techniques with sustainable approach and materials, concluded by a day entirely dedicated to printing methods.  An overview  of the most recent and innovative research on less-toxicengraving and printing processes. Suitable for printmakers who want to move their practice to a more sustainable approach, and also for those who want to learn intaglio engraving with particular attention to personal health and the environment.

Instructor: Alessia De Bortoli with the precious collaboration of Roberta Feoli


We will discover the BIG inks, which replaces the traditional soft groundand etching varnish. We will create our images on zinc matrices with the use of engraving points, pencils and texture impressions. The metal matrices will then be engraved with copper sulphate, a salt that replaces the traditional nitric acid, commonly used for etching in these processes. We will conclude the work by printing the matrices with Akua intaglio inks on the chalcographic presses.

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