Printmaking Open Studio
Our Printmaking Open Studio is an opportunity for artists to share our space and equipment on a reservation basis.
Our 1150 square foot, north-lit printmaking studio is equipped with four presses, including a Charles Brand etching press that can accommodate paper sized up to 30 x 50 inches. Relief printing (woodcut, linocut), drypoint, collagraph, monotype/monoprint, and intaglio using previously etched zinc or copper plates can all be accommodated. Stone lithography and liquid etching baths are not offered at this time.
Four socially distanced work stations are available per session, each with its own separate inking palette and cleaning materials, to help ensure a safe environment. Enrollees must be at least 18 years old, have experience working in a print studio, be knowledgeable in the operation of presses and cleanup protocol, and work independently. An experienced printmaking monitor will be present in the studio to assist with any questions.
Attendees must reserve a spot in advance of each session by signing up below. Sessions are “pay-as-you-go” at the rate of $20 per session. You may pay online with a credit card or cash only at the door. Please bring your own plates, paper, inks (water and oil based are both acceptable) and tools. Cleaning materials, paper soaking trays, newsprint and a limited number of brayers and solvents are available. A registration form and signed release waiver are required to attend, which you may complete and submit online.
Please note: The Printmaking Open Studio will be taking a break during the month of June, and will resume its regular schedule from Wednesday, June 29 until Wednesday, August 10, with the exception of Saturday, July 30 for the Midsummer Festival in Old Lyme. Sessions will also be suspended during summer break from Saturday, August 13 until the Fall Term begins on October 3, 2022. If you have any questions, call 860-434-5232.