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Creating the Plein-Air Etching with Bill Murphy


Instructor: Bill Murphy
Date: June 6-10, 2022
Time: 9 am-4 pm, with lunch break 12-1
Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts’ Griswold Printmaking Studio

Studio Fee and Workshop Supply Kit (required): $150 (All inclusive supply kit includes etching studio fee, copper print plates, proofing and editioning paper, ink, and all studio materials and supplies.)

Come explore the exciting possibilities of plein-air etching. Working directly from the landscape on copper plates presents challenges different from any other painting or drawing medium. Guiding you through the process of creating this direct to plate landscape, your instructor will share his practice of plein-air etching, a medium he has been perfecting for 40 years. He will guide you from selecting a suitable subject, to making your preliminary sketches, to how to print your etching in the studio. You will work ‘from the fact’ and manage issues that arise from drawing on location, such as weather and light changes. We will start our plates on location, and finish in the studio; your instructor will give demonstrations of how to ‘erase’ on a plate; and how to supplement the on- location work with notebook studies and photographs.

Workshop participants will learn how to prepare etching plates to take out into the landscape, using a ‘hard ground’ preparation. Your instructor will teach methods of drawing on the plate and you will learn how to add to your image using drypoint techniques after etching.

By the completion of the 5 day workshop students will have created an etching on copper and will produce an edition of 5-10 prints during class time.

Level: Students should have some knowledge of drawing the landscape from life. A basic knowledge of making a hard ground etching plate is helpful, but not mandatory. The basic steps of how to prepare, etch and print the plate will be provided.

Special Notes
This is an in-person workshop which will take place in our studios with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our covid policy.

Artist Bio
Murphy received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Vermont College and has also studied at the Art Students League and the Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. He taught at Wagner College (Staten Island, New York) from 1984 through 2020. From 1998 through 2003 He was the Chairperson of the Art Dept, and was the director of the Wagner College Gallery. Murphy’s work has been exhibited in over 100 group, juried, and one person exhibitions throughout the world. In New York City his work is represented by the Old Print Shop.

Bill Murphy's work is included in the following public collections: The Library of Congress, The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, The New York Public Library, The Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, The Parkersburgh Arts Center (West Virginia), The Newark Public Library, The New York Transit Museum, Westinghouse Corporation, Nassau Community College (Long Island, New York), The Denver Art Museum, Hofstra University, The Syracuse University Art Collection and the New York Historical Society.

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