Painterly Aquatint Techniques with Ernesto Ortiz Leyva


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3 weeks, Wednesdays, 6 – 9pm
May 29 – June 12, 2024
Fee: $300 including materials and 9 hours of studio time

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of aquatint methods, focusing on sugar lift, white (soap) ground, and spit bite techniques. Through hands-on demonstrations and practical exercises, students will learn how to manipulate the aquatint process to achieve a wide range of tonal values, textures, and expressive effects. Emphasis on creative experimentation and personal expression during the class will help students develop their unique artistic voice within the realm of aquatint etching. No prior etching/aquatint experiences are necessary.

Ernesto Ortiz Leyva is an artist born in El Paso, Texas and now based in Brooklyn. Ernesto attended the Ecole superieure d’art et de design Marseille- Mediterranee, in Marseille, France in 2003 before receiving BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2005; and MFA in Drawing and Painting from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2003, He has been a recipient of the RA Brown Memorial Scholarship (2003); the Robert Ralls Memorial Scholarship (2004); the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012); and Artist in Residence program (2017) at IPCNY, now known as Print Center New York. His work has recently been exhibited at the Editions/ Artists’ Books Fair and Art on Paper in Manhattan. He currently teaches Printmaking at Hunter College and Visualization and Representation at Pratt Institute.

Reductive Linoleum Cut Printing with Kakyoung Lee

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4 weeks, Thursdays, 6 – 9pm
June 6 – 26, 2024
Fee: $425 including materials and 12 hours of studio time

This course will introduce students the art of reduction relief printmaking, a method for creating vibrant, multicolored print using just one block. Throughout this course, we will study examples of relief prints by contemporary artists and delve into the process of creating images using three or four different colors. Guided by drawing, we will alternate between printing a color and carving to reveal the layers beneath. The class will cover the entire process of reduction relief printing, from creating a registration jig, to dividing colors, translating images onto the block, mastering carving techniques, and finally, printing on the press using water-soluble ink.

Kakyoung Lee (she/her) is a Korean-born, Brooklyn-based artist with a background in printmaking. Her practice spans printmaking, animation, and installation. Interdisciplinary engagement with print and time-based work is central to her research and studio practice. Lee holds her BFA and MFA in printmaking from Hong-Ik University, as well as an MFA from SUNY-Purchase College, NY.  Lee has exhibited in numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally including Drawing Center and Mass MoCA, and held in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asia Society Museum in New York, and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Lee has participated in numerous artist residency programs including the Marie Walsh Sharpe, Yaddo, McDowell Colony, Omi, ISCP, Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning, and Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) where she was able to focus on experimenting with time-intensive print/animation projects.  Lee received grants and awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letter Purchase Award, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and the NYFA Fellowship. Lee’s works have been featured in the Library of Congress blog, Art in Paper, Hyperallergic, and