Open tomorrow 9am-5pm


Instructor: Liz Bannish

July 26, from 10AM – 4PM

1-day course, Wednesday

Class size 4-6, Intro to Etching I or II, or previous etching experience recommended

$160 Members, $210 Non-members

*Cost includes most needed materials and instruction

Registration Deadline: July 12, 2023

Part of CCP’s continuing introductory series on etching. Aquatint is a beautiful and simple word to describe the process that artists use to achieve tone in intaglio prints. A prepared copper plate is covered with a thin surface of rosin dust, which is then melted, creating a tiny network of dots on the plate surface. This plate is then drawn on by the artist with their designs, and then etched in solution to produce values in the final print from the lightest, most delicate grays to the richest, darkest blacks. Aquatint works in conjunction with stop-out and spit bite techniques, which provide hard- edged shapes or watercolor-like washes, respectively. In this one-day workshop, we will add to your toolbox of etching knowledge by introducing you to these techniques as well as refreshing your skills in plate preparation, printing, and chemical safety. Meet some new pieces of CCP equipment and strengthen your expertise in handling delicate materials.

Since we will be covering more advanced topics, this workshop will be most beneficial to artists with previous experience in etching, or those who took Intro to Etching I or II with Liz Bannish.

Please arrive with a 6”x 9” sketch or finished drawing. We will be working in environments where ventilation is required and N95 dust masks are encouraged, so please let us know upon sign up if you have respiratory concerns. Workshop fee covers materials, including one 6” x 9” copper plate and 4 sheets of 11” x 15” archival rag paper.


Questions? Please email Workshop Coordinator Toni Miraldi at

LIZ BANNISH lives and works in Norwalk, CT as Studio Manager and Collaborative Printer for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She earned her BFA in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011 with her award-winning show of stone lithographs. Afterward, she served as an intern for Zea Mays Printmaking, bringing their research in non-toxic printmaking to SGC San Francisco in 2013. She served as Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years, running their printmaking studio, letterpress studio, photo darkrooms, and OSHA compliance programs. Liz has trained with masters Barry Moser (Pennyroyal Press), Peter Pettengill (Wingate Studios), and Liz Chalfin (Zea Mays Printmaking). Her personal work spans the media of sustainable and traditional printmaking and includes relief, etching, lithography, and alternative photography. When not getting her hands inky, Liz dives for the local aquarium.

Visit Liz at and instagram @lizbannish.