Etching using B.I.G (Baldwin Intaglio Ground)

Kate Baillies

10572 115 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3K6
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Mar 12, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022
10am – 5pm

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Weekend Workshop: Etching using B.I.G (Baldwin Intaglio Ground)
Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13 | 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Kate Baillies // @katebaillies
$235 (all supplies are included)
SNAP members receive a 10% discount
In-person course held at SNAP

Explore using a safer alternative to traditional asphaltum solvent-based etching grounds. Baldwin Intaglio Ground (B.I.G.) is a versatile etching ground developed by Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Printmaking Studio (UK). B.I.G. has all qualities etchers know and love about hard ground and soft ground —plus it’s very easy to use.

Calgary-based Visiting Artist, Kate Baillies will introduce participants to using B.I.G. as a hard ground and soft ground, along with using coffee lift as a sugar lift alternative, and using baking soda as the basis for an aquatint. The first day will focus on learning about the products and how to use them by creating a copper intaglio plate. The second day will continue the exploration as well as cover inking, registering, and printing using SNAP’s etching presses.

Over the weekend learn how to successfully use alternative materials safely and efficiently while printing an edition of copper intaglio prints. This workshop is perfect for those with previous intaglio experience wanting to expand their knowledge and material usage as well as for beginners new to printmaking and intaglio processes.

*No experience is necessary, this class is recommended for beginner and intermediate artists. All ability levels are encouraged to register.

About the artist

Kate Baillies
After a formal studio education at CEGEP Dawson College and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Kate worked in the capacity of Educational Art Technician in Print Media at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly known as the Alberta College of Art and Design). During this time, she helped to establish the Alberta Printmakers Society and Studio. A move to Nova Scotia presented the opportunity to study and obtain a BFA and a BAed in Art Education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Subsequently she taught in schools and programs around the province of Nova Scotia. Returning to Calgary in 2000, Kate continued to teach art to children while balancing family life. Since 2015 Kate has explored and established her own green printmaking practice through residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking (Florence, Mass). Currently Kate is active with Alberta Printmakers through developing programs and teaching, committee work, studio projects, and renting space.

Kate’s artwork can be found in the Alberta Art Foundation, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Collection, The Calgary Public Library Central Location, as well as in corporate and private collections

COVID-19 Notice

SNAP is participating in the Alberta ‘Restriction Exemption Program‘ for all in-person programs in the SNAP printshop. Anyone accessing the printshop is required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, and this includes course instructors, students, resident artists, and SNAP staff. If this prevents your in-person participation in our programs, we will work with you to develop an online learning option.


SNAP continues to implement a number of health and safety measures to protect all users, please find more information here: Health and Safety Policy pdf

-All users will maintain physical distancing whenever possible. Class layout and structure has been modified to accommodate 6 feet distance as much as possible.

-Masks are mandatory at SNAP and will be worn by staff, renters, instructors, and students at all times indoors. If you do not have a mask one will be provided for your use at SNAP.

-Tools will be signed out by students for the duration of the course when possible. Other shared items will be sanitized between uses by all users.

-Sanitizing and cleaning measures are in place, sanitization supplies are provided throughout the printshop. All printshop users will sanitize all common touch surfaces after use.

-Course sizes have been reduced to allow for physical distancing and to minimize the number of people in the printshop at a time. Renters will not be permitted in common spaces during class times unless given permission by SNAP Staff in advance.

-A reduced number of in person courses will be offered and programming will not be run simultaneously.

For further information on SNAP courses and workshops, registration and fees, please contact SNAP.

Apply for assistance with a SNAP Scholarship:

If financial barriers are holding you back from taking this course, we invite you to apply for a scholarship. Learn more about this program.

Cancellation Policy (NEW!): 

In light of COVID-19 SNAP has adjusted the Education Cancelation Policy to ensure all individuals will remain at home when feeling unwell, this includes staff, instructors, and students. If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or are ill you must not come to SNAP, please inform SNAP Staff so we can discuss possible alternatives for your registered program.

If you need to cancel your course registration:
When possible SNAP prefers that individuals give written (email) notice to [email protected] 7 days in advance of the course start date in order to receive a full refund.

View our full cancellation policy

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