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Etching Workshops with Jill O’Sullivan

19 September @ 9:00 am - 27 September @ 5:00 pm

| See below for prices

Join Umbrella and master printmaker Jill O’Sullivan for two weekend intaglio courses designed to build and extend upon the participants’ printmaking skills. Intaglio printing is produced from ink below the surface of the plate, when the design is etched, cut or scratched into the printing plate or surface. Jill will provide ongoing demonstrations and participants will be encouraged to experiment and develop their skill base. Participants will each produce small editions of their work.

All workshops will be held in the downstairs Makerspace of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders Street, Townsville (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). Participants are required to wear covered footwear, and are encouraged to bring their own sketch book, image ideas and disposable masks. All other materials (including copper plates and paper) and morning tea will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions to get their value for money and learn the techniques and tips that Jill has to share. Please note that the below prices are all at extremely subsidised rates due to the generosity of the artist – take advantage of this incredible opportunity and book your tickets now.

9am-12:30pm (3.5hrs) Saturday 19 September and
9am-12:30pm (3.5hrs) Sunday 20 September 2020
Tickets (7 hours total) $150 each for Umbrella members | $180 each non-members | Limited to 10 spaces
For Umbrella members, log in to your account to receive your workshop discount | Bookings close 5pm Friday 18 September 2020
This workshop that will cover the following basic intaglio procedures:
– Safety in the Makerspace
– Filing plate edges
– Degreasing plates
– Applying big grounds
– Drawing images into soft and hard ground
– Chine colle processes
– Embossing
– Safe etching (Edinburgh etch)
– Inking and wiping plates
– Paper preparation
– Setting and use of presses
– Care of blankets
– Editioning prints
– Print drying and signing

9am-4pm (6hrs + breaks) Saturday 26 September and
9am-4pm  (6hrs + breaks) Sunday 27 September 2020
Tickets (12 hours total) $180 each for Umbrella members | $210 each non-members | Limited to 10 spaces
For Umbrella members, log in to your account to receive your workshop discount | Bookings close 5pm Friday 25 September 2020
This workshop is presented as an extension on the Beginners Etching Workshop, and/or aimed at participants of an intermediate skill level. Participants will delve further into intaglio printmaking processes, and learn various applications of big grounds, coffee lift and Chine colle. The workshop will also cover experimental techniques that provide much less toxic ways of aquatinting, including alternate aquatinting on copper plate (such as salt, sugar, spirit aquatint and sandpaper). Participants will be encouraged and given the opportunity to experiment extensively within this workshop.

This option is a bundle which includes the Beginner and Intermediate Workshops at a discounted rate.
Tickets (19 hours total) $300 each for Umbrella members | $340 each non-members | Limited to 10 spaces
For Umbrella members, log in to your account to receive your workshop discount | Bookings close 5pm Friday 18 September 2020

Jill-PUNQ19-Courtesy-Mia-Peronis2_cropJill O’Sullivan has been an active artist since the late 1980s, and has completed a PhD Creative Arts, Master of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Grad. Certificate of Tertiary Teaching. She has undertaken artist residencies in Wales, China and numerous Australian arts organisations and schools. The artist was a founding member of the Umbrella Studio Access Group (now Umbrella Makerspace Access Group) and despite relocating to Brisbane is still an active member when in Townsville. Jill has also lectured and tutored printmaking, fine art practice, drawing, project and concept development, painting, conservation and framing. Since 2014 she has been a committee member for the Print Council of Australia.

Left: Jill O’Sullivan wiping off excess ink at a workshop for Umbrella’s PUNQ ’19 festival, photograph courtesy Mia Peronis. | Image top: Jill’s etching examples: Diferion Glawt, line etching and Winter Trees, etching, salt and spirit aquatints.

Umbrella is responding to government restrictions for gatherings at this time and visitors must comply with our COVID-19 Safety Plan. Umbrella’s updated opening hours from Sunday 9 August 2020:  Tues-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat-Sun 9am-1pm | Gallery closed Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks | Shop open during gallery open hours and Tues-Thurs of install weeks. Follow our social media for updates.


19 September @ 9:00 am
27 September @ 5:00 pm
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| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |
408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia


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Intermediate Etching Workshops$210.00 inc. GSTIntermediate Etching Workshops with Jill O'Sullivan

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