Mezzotint: Online Demonstration Session

Sean Caulfield

10572 115 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3K6
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Jan 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Ever wondered how printmakers achieve rich velvet blacks in their intaglio prints? Now is your chance to learn about mezzotint from a master of the medium! Join SNAP’s online interactive demonstration to learn about this intaglio process and see it from start to finish. Follow along as Artist Sean Caulfield demonstrates how to rock the plate by hand to roughen the surface and watch as he shows his drawing process and techniques to smooth areas to achieve full tones of grey and white. Afterwards see the finished image as he inks, wipes, and prints using SNAP’s intaglio presses. There will be an opportunity to discuss your own idea or image plans so you can have your questions answered about how best to proceed with your own future mezzotints. Discussion will also include material and technical insights so registrants can source mezzotint rockers and intaglio tools as well as how to build your own rocker handle. This one evening demonstration session will allow you to explore the possibilities of mezzotint and give a good introduction to the process for further exploration at home or through booking a one-to-one in person session.

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

Thursday, January 28, 2021 // 6 – 9 pm
Sean Caulfield //
$48 non member
SNAP members receive a 10% discount when signed in at registration

Note: All online sessions will be recorded to capture the demonstration and will be sent to registered participants so they can view and rewatch at their leisure after the session.

Supply Information: Online demonstration courses do not include any supplies as registrants will not be required to have or use supplies during the live demonstration, but rather watch and learn. A supply list will be sent shortly after registration to be used by anyone who wishes to gather and source their own materials to try the technique and process learned at their own leisure and pace.

About the Artist

Sean Caulfield was named a Canada Research Chair in Fine Arts (Tier 2) from 2000 – 2010, and is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, living and working in Treaty Six territory. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, installations and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Dyscorpia, Enterprise Square Gallery, University of Alberta; The Flood, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Firedamp, dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton; The Body in Question(s), UQAM Gallery, Montreal; Perceptions of Promise, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA/Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.

Caulfield has received numerous grants and awards for his work including: The Special Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Krakow Triennial, 2015; SSHRC Dissemination Grant: Canadian Stem Cell Network Impact Grant; SSHRC Fine Arts Creation Grant; Canada Council Travel Grant; and a Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois, USA. Caulfield’s work is in various public and private collections including: Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. In 2017 Caulfield was elected to the Arts Division of the Academy of the Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada.

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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.

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