Intaglio Printing and Etching Workshop

Alfonso Costanza (assistant lecturer)

Mirjam Fee Barsties, Kai Schmitzer, Guido Naujoks, Erste-Hilfe-Kasten, 2012

The intaglio printing and etching workshop provides students with a practical insight into classic intaglio printing techniques. A traditional medium of expression, intaglio printing is not only a reproduction tool, but also creates an original visual language, the fascination of which was already identified by Renaissance artists. Acquiring the technical skills involved in the sequence of work steps achieves a sure command of material and equipment, enabling students to develop their own creative approach. The aim is to experience printed graphics as an inspirational process.

Teaching in the intaglio printing and etching workshop includes both general introductory courses in intaglio printing techniques and personal support for students' individual projects. In an intensive experimental approach students learn to work independently, producing professional creative results.



  • Intaglio printing press
  • Knuckle joint press
  • Aquatint box
  • Acid troughs


Course content

  • Dry-point etching
  • Line etching
  • Soft-ground etching (vernis mou)
  • Aquatint
  • Sugar lift technique
  • Embossing
  • Copper engraving (etching needle)
  • Scraper (mezzotint)
  • Woodcut




Alfonso Costanza

Intaglio printing and etching workshop

Room 22a

T +49 [0]911 9404-133

Email: costanza(at)


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