Canceled>Color Printing Workshop with Curt Labitzke

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021
  • Sunday, August 29, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, August 28, 2021, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, August 29, 2021, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Print & Book Studio, Class Code PB082821CL
  • 10


  • $306 tuition + $50 Materials fee
  • Tuition: $236 + $50 Materials fee

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We apologize for the inconvenience. This class has been canceled. Please watch for future newsletters for a rescheduled date.


During this exciting, two-day workshop we will focus on designing and creating a multi-color print from one or two plates built up in layers using oil based inks. We will go over a variety of plate making methods using traditional and contemporary methods to include hand and power tools. We will also cover the use of registration systems and tips on using color as a means of personal expression, choosing a pallet and mixing color inks.

Emphasis will be placed upon personal artistic development. Students will choose their own subject matter/imagery and will print a variety of b/w and color prints using wiping and roller inking methods with an intaglio style etching press. By the end of this exciting weekend everyone will leave the studios with a variety of prints from their own hand carved plates.

Saturday morning

This morning we will begin various plate making techniques including using electric carving tools and other traditional and innovative plate making methods. We will talk about image transfer, mark making and ways of building an image on an acrylic plate.

Saturday afternoon

After lunch, Curt will be available while students have time to work in studio creating a plate from an image of their choice. We will end the day with everyone using the press and oil-based inks to proof their plates, seeing everyone’s images for the first time on a piece of archival print paper.

Sunday morning

This morning will go over a variety of traditional and contemporary color printing methods to include relief rolling, using water color crayons, simultaneous color viscosity printing, offsetting, stamping stenciling and hand wiping methods. We will go over color strategies, mixing ink and using a registration system to produce full color prints.

Sunday afternoon

After lunch students will have open studio work time to create their own individualized color prints. To the most out of this two-day workshop Curt will be on hand all day both days to help students with technical assistance, recommendations and to collaborate.

After a brief show and tell students will take home their own hand made plates and beautiful full color prints.

In this course we will cover the following:

  • Using hand and power tools to carve an acrylic plate with your own images
  • Image transfer methods
  • Making a Hot Glue Gun paper plate
  • Mixing oil-based inks
  • Transparencies and color strategies
  • Using an etching press to pull prints
  • Studio safety Paper and Print registration
  • Intaglio style printing in b/w and color
  • Using watercolor crayons to add color to your prints
  • Relief rolling a plate using brayers and larger rollers
  • Simultaneous Color Printing.
  • Viscosity Printing 
  • Slab offsetting
  • Using positive and negative working stencils
  • Archival and curatorial concerns


  • This class is open to all levels of experience.
  • Bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and a microwave.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply

Instructor Bio:

Curt Labitzke is an associate professor of printmaking at the University of Washington. His work is represented at the Island Gallery on Bainbridge Island and La Bottega dell Acquaforte Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.  Curt's work was included in the group of Seattle Regional Printmakers shows at Roby King Gallery in 2013 and 2014.  He has shown in galleries internationally in Italy, France, Chile and Mexico.

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