Two women creating etching drawings

Etching for Everybody: Drypoint Etching

Class Details

What to Expect

We will learn the process of incising an image onto a plate by hand, how to ink an etched plate, and how to print our plates on a press. We will also experiment with adding color to our etching using the chine collé method of layering thin, colored tissue paper. Students will also learn methods for printing by hand so the experimentation can continue at home!

Class Timeline

This class meets every Tuesday for 4 weeks from March 14 to April 4 at 6-8 pm.

  • Class 1: Learn about etching and intaglio, look at examples within and without the Denver Art Museum collection. Introduction to the materials and methods we’ll be using. Have everyone prepare and talk about the image they’ll be using. Begin etching.
  • Class 2: Etching first plate! Class will largely work on getting their images etched. Go over the plate inking process.
  • Class 3: Ink plates and print! Introduce chine collė.
  • Class 4: Continue printing! Demonstrate how simple plates can be printed at home with elbow grease and a metal spoon or burnisher.


All materials are included in class pricing and will be provided to students on the first day of class.


All materials are included in the price of the class.

  • Museum Friends: $190
  • Member: $205
  • Student: $205
  • Non-Member: $240

Learn more about the benefits of a DAM membership and the Museum Friends program.

About the Educator

Dianna Miguez is a multimedia artist and printmaker in Denver, Colorado. She works primarily with paper and textile, and has a background in digital art and graphic design. Dianna has B.A.S in English and Studio Art, and she currently works in Creative Engagement at the Denver Art Museum.

View her art on her Instagram, @diannamiguez.

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