Graphics: Eau Forte and Aquatint 20/09/2023 | 17:30

Kumu Art Museum
Art course or workshop

Graphics: Eau Forte and Aquatint

20 September, 27 September, 4 October, 11 October and 25 October from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Instructor: graphic artist Lembe Ruben.

The course will be held in Estonian. Instruction is also possible in English and Russian.

Eau forte and aquatint as classic etching techniques came into more active use in Estonia when a large number of women graphic artists entered the art scene. At the Experimental Graphic Art Studio (currently known as Graafikakoda), lithography was the main technique and entailed lifting heavy lithographic limestones. The metal plates used in eau forte, aquatint and vernis mou etching made it possible to make prints without additional help and without requiring physical strength.

Eau forte is a line corroded into a metal plate. The drawing is made in varnish applied to a metal plate, and the plate is then dipped into an acid bath.

Aquatint is an intaglio printmaking technique. The process is fascinating yet time-consuming. The gradual covering of the corrodible surfaces makes it possible to create various levels of tonality. Modern photocopying technology makes it possible to add photo-based elements to the work.

The printing plates prepared during the five-session course will enable the participants to make different coloured versions of the print. They will also learn how to use two widely used graphic art techniques.

The course is suitable for everyone and does not require previous experience.