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Instructor: Liz Bannish

April 5 & 6, 2022, 10AM – 4PM

Tuesday & Wednesday, 2-day workshop


Class size 4-6, All Levels

$275 Members, $325 Non-members

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This two day workshop focuses on the softer side of making marks on copper, using a collection of different grounds as our vehicle. Using grounds allows for image development on the plate surface, so that the bath only “bites,” or corrodes, specific areas of the plate according to the artist’s choosing.  

Explore texture with soft ground. Achieve graphic brush marks with sugar lift, or go for the watercolor quality of spit bite. Learn the methods of aquatint using CCP’s rosin box. Discover how to achieve a spectrum of values, from the lightest gray to the blackest black, in a copper plate. Apply your knowledge and print your plates using CCP’s etching presses onto archival rag paper.

All levels of printmaking experience are welcome, but those who are already familiar with concepts of printmaking (especially intaglio and engraving) will find this most helpful. 


Photo credits- Liz Bannish


LIZ BANNISH is an artist and printmaker who has been training professionally in the arts since 2009. Her work uses themes of feminine power, anti-capitalism, and anxiety, usually wrapped in marine imagery. Liz’s personal prints have been shown on a national scale and in mediums from fine art prints, to photographs, to alternative processes. She was the Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years. Previously, she has trained as Apprentice Printer at Wingate Studio in NH and conducted workshops for the Southern Graphics Council. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving the John Roy second best in show award for her senior thesis exhibition in 2011.


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View the materials list
  • Printmaking Paper (for purchase at CCP)
  • Drawing references, sketchbook sized 9” x 12”
  • Pen and notebook for notes
  • Personal brushes
  • Any personal print tools or supplies
  • Objects to emboss texture in soft ground (think: flat and textured, like leaves, burlap, lace, hair, etc).