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Intro to Drypoint -2023

Intro to Drypoint -2023


Title: Intro to Drypoint


Description: Drypoint is a printmaking process in which a design is drawn on a zinc plate with a sharp, pointed needle-like instrument, that scrapes away the metal. Ink is then applied to the plate and wiped off leaving ink in the lines that were scraped away. The plate is put through an etching press and the image is transferred onto paper.


Learn how to make an 8" x 10" drypoint print (image size 4" x 6") using an etching needle, drawing, inking and wiping a zinc plate and running it through an etching press. 


Date: 2023


Time: email me


Cost: $150

For each of my workshops, I have one space set aside for Pay What You Can if you truly cannot afford the cost. My wish is to make my workshops accessible to all and this is one way to make that possible. Please contact me directly at and let me know what you can afford. 


Location: Kadie Salfi's studio: Artist Alley (35-D) at South Hill Business Campus:  950 Danby Road, across from Ithaca College. Plenty of free parking.


Level: Beginner, 14 and up


Additional Details:

-Wear clothes that can get dirty.

-Sketches or ideas.


What you will learn: The basics of drypoint printmaking, how to draw on a plate, ink, wipe and print a plate, prepare paper and how to use an etching press. You must be comfortable getting your hands dirty, we will be hand wiping our zinc plates.


What you will go home with: One 4" x 6" zinc plate, four 8" x 10" prints of the same image (image size is 4" x 6"), knowledge, joy and a happy belly.


Food: I will have food to nosh on, sparkling water and juice.


Instructor: Kadie Salfi: Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1972, Salfi studied printmaking, photography, and sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent two years at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, where she printed editions of original graphics for such contemporary masters as Rauschenberg, Celmins, and Johns.


Salfi has taught drypoint, etching, photo etching, intro to screenprinting, photo screenprinting, cyanotype, drawing and more at Saint Michaels College in Vermont, San Francisco Waldorf High School in San Francisco, The Ink Shop in Ithaca, The Foundry Workshops, Ithaca and out of her various studios over the last twenty-five years.


Salfi maintains a steady studio practice in Ithaca, New York and has held solo exhibitions on both coasts, including A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn), Corners Gallery (Ithaca), Cornell University (Ithaca), Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art (San Francisco), and BCA Center (Burlington). Her work has been discussed in Of Note Magazine, The Cornell Daily Sun, Chapter89 Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Artscope.


Cancellations: Please note that the workshop runs only when there are enough numbers to cover costs.


Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund (minus Paypal/bank processing fees) if cancellation is notified within 8 days of the workshop date.


Any cancellations 3 to 7 days before the workshop date will forfeit 50% of the cost of the workshop as well as the cost of Paypal processing/refund fees.


2 days notice and under will forfeit the whole cost of the workshop.


Every effort will be made to ensure you can be accommodated at another workshop date if you are unable to attend your booked date and notify me within 8 days of the booked workshop date.

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