Introduction to Solarplate Etching
May 2017
Dan Welden

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Introduction to Solarplate Etching

Journey to the Unknown

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May 05, 2017 – May 07, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Dan Welden
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Join Dan Welden in this adventuresome exploration of Solarplate, a safer alternative high-quality printmaking process that uses sunlight and water instead of toxic chemicals.

This journey leads you to untouched parts of your artistic self and takes you through creativity in a unique way. It is designed to unleash tightness and expectations and bring spontaneity and fluidity.

While working with the unknown on an 8 x 10 surface, you have the potential of developing a series of related color impressions. Ideas and inspiration magically unfold through the experience.

No printmaking experience is necessary.

More Information

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Printmaking in the Sun: An Artist’s Guide to Making Professional Quality Prints Using the Solarplate Method by Dan Welden and Pauline Muir if available at your local library (it is out of print and difficult to obtain).

Dan Weldon is also teaching The Art of Monoprinting.

Things to Bring:

Each person will be supplied with one Solarplate, printing ink, a limited amount of paper, and other basic supplies. Additional plates and papers may be purchased during the session. Additional Solarplates will be available through the instructor at 25% off the web price ( Fine papers will also be available for purchase in class (cash only please); however participants may bring paper of their choice. Additional items to bring:

  • Any drawing, painting materials, and tools including brushes, pens, markers, ink knives, sticks, straight edges and brayers
  • Stabilo 8046 pencils
  • Black India Ink
  • A portfolio or folder, large enough to transport work home
  • Participants utilizing photographic techniques are encouraged to bring transparent film positives up to 8X10 inches, with your own photographs to incorporate in your images.
  • Artists wishing to draw or paint may work on clear acetate or grained glass (provided). If you bring your own glass, please make it a little larger, approx. 9X11 inches, and have the edges polished. It should be at least 1/ 4 inch thick. And, if you wish to work larger than 8x10, you may order plates in advance for an additional fee via or by contacting the Faculty at Please place order at least two weeks prior to class start date.
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Dan Welden

Dan Welden, coauthor of Printmaking in the Sun, has taught and demonstrated printmaking at more than 200 universities, colleges, workshops, television programs, and schools. Past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists, Welden has shown his work in more than 70 one-person exhibits and more than 500 group exhibitions nationally and internationally.