In October the year 10, 12 and 13 art students spent a productive day working with visiting artist Simon Ripley. The day was set aside for the students to learn how to use a technique called Drypoint Etching. This involves a process in which a design is drawn on a plate with a sharp, pointed needle-like instrument
Traditionally done on copper plates the students used acrylic sheets. The plates are then inked and the design is transferred to paper using a roller press. Drypoint is an intaglio technique. (Intaglio refers to any printmaking process which involves making incisions or indents in a plate, so when the ink is applied and then wiped off, ink remains caught in the incisions and creates the image).
The students developed their ideas and skills as the day progressed. They added colour using Chine Colle: where pre-glued fine papers are adhered to the image using the roller press. The results were brilliant.