Master Printer Ian Jackson leads a 2-week intaglio workshop at the International Center for the Arts.
Intaglio (from the Italian tagliare, meaning to carve or cut), is the term encompassing the multitude of printmaking techniques where a mark incised in a plate holds ink while the surface is wiped clean before printing.
Drawing directly into copper plates by raising a metal burr with sharp implements, participants will learn the exquisite craft of drypoint and produce hand-wiped prints of original drawings.
Drypoint is uniquely prized among artists and collectors for its velvety-rich line quality and sfumato-like tonality, achievable only through careful scraping and polishing.
Within the walls of the medieval village of Monte Castello di Vibio high above the countryside, artists will find no shortage of inspiration. One wakes up in the morning, takes a step from their doorway, and is immediately overcome by the impulse to draw everything within sight: hillsides dotted in olive groves smeared in dazzling Umbrian sunlight; thick stone architecture casting long shadows; a tranquil studio filled with diffuse natural light, waiting to be occupied.
Over the course of the 2-week workshop, participants will learn every step of the drypoint printing process while refining their own drawings through the frequent repetition of proofing, critiquing, and editing, culminating in the production of their own edition and a group show.
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Acclaimed printmaker and artist Ian Jackson works and lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and daughter. Jackson is the founder and operator of Manual Feed Press, a print studio where he collaborates with artists to produce limited editions of original art.
He also serves as the master printer at Ink Spot Press, a public-access printmaking workshop and gallery in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.
Jackson brings to the workshop his years of experience in the commercial printing industry, where he honed his craft printing textiles and fine stationery on an industrial scale. Community members of all experience levels come to the workshop to learn the craft, hone their skills, and edition their prints, taking advantage of Jackson’s technical knowledge and fastidious printing methodology.
He received Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in Printmaking and Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited broadly.