Open tomorrow 9am-5pm


Instructor: Julio Valdez
Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7
10am – 4pm, 3-day workshop
Class size 4-8, All Levels
$450 member, $500 non-member

The registration has been closed to this workshop until further notice due to Covid-19. If you are interested in taking this workshop please email Meaghan Morrow at for more details about how this workshop will be effected by CCP’s temporary closure.




Participants in this workshop will produce easily-reproducible painterly prints through the process of Silk Aquatint, a.k.a Silk Collagraph. This is a non-toxic, non-acid alternative to etching, where the image is created by painting with a white acrylic medium on top of a black silk surface glued to a plastic board to produce a wide variety of tones and textures. Once dry, the plate is then inked and wiped in the same manner as an etching plate and printed on an etching press. This workshop will also offer tips on color mixing, demonstrating the versatility of water based inks.


Image: Julio Valdez, Cooper with Giant Tulip, Monotype




JULIO VALDEZ is a painter, printmaker, teacher and mixed installation artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. He received training in oil painting and printmaking in both his native land and New York City, his longtime home where he now creates art that evokes the Caribbean region’s physical beauty and varied cultures. He has presented thirty (30) solo exhibitions, most recently in November 2019 – January 2020 at June Kelly Gallery in Soho, New York City. He was part of the official representation of the Dominican Republic Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennial in Italy, in 2019. A new museum exhibition is scheduled for 2021 at the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, DC.


View the materials list
  • Reference material, sketches for a 8” x 10”  print
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gloss medium
  • Variety of paintbrushes and applicators for image making
  • Mixing containers
  • One jar with lid
  • Sharpie
  • Printmaking paper (for purchase at CCP)
  • Two Silk Aquatint Plates 8”x 10” are provided per person (Additional plates can be purchased from Julio Valdez at $10 per plate)
  • Roll of paper towels