Etching January 2015
Art scholars in Years 6 – 8 had a very busy day on Saturday 24th January in the Art studio. They were faced with quite a tricky Still-life setup but one that was full of dynamics! They had about an hour to draw and they were so focused they worked in silence. The boys then used their small piece of perspex (for the etching) like a viewfinder to locate an interesting and dynamic area to make their etching. Specialist etching needles were used for this and, in essence, the drawing is ‘traced’ on to the perspex using the needle.
The inking-up process takes longer than you might think as the ink has to be forced into the very fine scratch marks on the surface. The perspex plate, with damp watercolour paper over the top of it, is then passed between the rollers of the printing press. This applies a few tonnes of pressure across the surface, forcing the ink out of the scratch marks and on to the paper.
After lunch, the boys added more tone to their plates and were then able to produce some more prints. We shall be doing some colour prints in our Scholars’ club.
Well done, Boys!