Drypoint etching is a wonderful technique for anyone who likes to draw and wants to explore some printmaking. Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking process easy to master and practiced since the 15th century. An image is incised/scratched directly into a plate using an etching needle. Working on a clear plastic plate allows the artist to work from drawings or collages they may already have. The printed lines of a drypoint have a characteristically soft dense quality unique to the process. The image can be printed in a series, allowing for a variety of finished one-of-a-kind prints, or an edition of nearly identical images can be created. The wiping of the plate just before printing allows for manipulation of tone, image, and atmosphere. In this workshop we will explore the use of different kinds of plates as well as traditional and experimental approaches to printing them.
Vicky Tomayko is an artist who works with a variety of print methods creating one-of-a-kind works on paper. She studied printmaking in Detroit and with Michael Mazur in Provincetown. She was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has an MFA in printmaking from Western Michigan University.
In addition teaching at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, she teaches at Cape Cod Community College and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Summer Program. She manages the print studio for the Fine Arts Work Center during their 7 month Residency Program, providing workshops and one-on-one instruction. She was an artist-in-residence at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans for ten years. Tomayko was assistant professor of printmaking at Connecticut College. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn NY.