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WHEN: 9.30am-4.00pm, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2019

WHERE: Rosby Art Studio, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee MUDGEE

COST: $265 per person including basic materials, lunch & Rosby wine

TEACHER: Seraphina Martin

During this artist-led printmaking workshop you’ll learn how to create a stunning portfolio of vibrant colour solar plate etchings. Using a more contemporary (quicker, simpler and safer/non-toxic) approach to etching, this two-day class will leave you feeling inspired and able to etch to plate, with remarkable results. Using the sun and water instead of acids and solvents, A variety of techniques will be employed to guide you through the printmaking process, including lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises. Using the sun and water instead of acids and solvents (as were used traditionally), the skills and knowledge acquired during this hands-on course will enable you to transform existing drawings, paintings and photos into imaginative fine art prints, which will be printed in a variety of colours onto state-of-the-art paper. The workshop has been carefully curated to ensure the experience is a truly unique and immersive one, one that challenges convention and leaves you feeling inspired to push yourself creatively.

This workshop offers the ultimate art and wine experience, coinciding with Mudgee’s post-harvest early autumnal beauty. Rosby aspires to offer you a truly holistic experience by building a range of other cultural delights into the workshop. This includes paddock-to-plate style dining set against a romantic and utterly breathtaking backdrop. You’ll feel very much at one with nature in Rosby’s gorgeously rustic homestead grounds. You’ll also be treated to an exclusive wine tasting with the vigneron followed by a walking tour of the picturesque vineyard. Accommodation in Rosby’s charming hilltop guesthouse is an optional addition well worth looking into and will certainly complete this refined country escape.

The workshop caters to all levels of artistic experience, from beginners wanting to try their hand at something new and have a bit of a fun, to proficient artists. Come alone or bring a few friends, everyone is welcome here at Rosby.


Seraphina Martin was carefully handpicked by the team at Rosby. She is a highly experienced and accomplished printmaker, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional learning environment. Her passion for the arts is contagious and her determination to impart knowledge in an engaging, fun, interactive and supportive setting sets her apart.

Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris before moving to Sydney 30 years ago to teach at the Sydney University Art Workshop. She was the recipient of the Moya Dyring Studio at the Cite des Arts in Paris in 1988. During her residency, she studied the Viscosity colour printing at the Atelier 17 under notorious master printer William Hayter. In 1994 she trained with American printmaker Dan Welden who initiated the non-toxic printmaking technique called Solar Plate Etching. Since then, Seraphina has developed this process in Australia and in her own art practice. She has taught printmaking at Meadowbank Tafe, Hornsby Tafe, and Penrith Tafe. She regularly teaches Solar Plate at Megalo print Studio, Canberra and summer schools at Camp Creative in Bellingen. 

Seraphina is a mentor to artists with a disability and teaches them printmaking at the Addison road centre, Marrickville. Most recently she traveled to India to take up an Artist in Residency at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. There she taught solar plate etching as well as at the Kola Bhavan University in Shantineketan, West Bengal. Seraphina has had many solo and group exhibitions of her work and is represented in many public and private spaces in Australia and Overseas.


The course fee includes 2 Solar plates, inks, solvents and printing needs. Students need to bring their own printmaking paper. It is suggested that 2 full sheets of Stonehenge paper should be sufficient.

Things to bring to the Solar Plate Etching workshop                                                                                           

·       Protective clothing (apron/dustcoat/old shirt) and closed shoes.

·       A small box of disposable rubber gloves from the supermarket. 

·       Bring at least 3 images on A4 acetates which is clear film. Plate size available for the workshop: 2 plates A6 size 14 x10 cm. Take your photos, drawings, paintings, collage and mixed media designs on paper to Officeworks and they will provide acetate and copy them for 60 cents a copy. Ask for BLACK  ONLY, not colour. Often libraries offer this service. Images on the acetate can also be reduced using a photocopier to A6 size if necessary, to fit the solar plates. If none of this is available to you, then there will be drawing film available from Seraphina at the workshop. You can create your own drawings on the day using pencils, gouache paint and pens.

·       Bring ideas to work from. You can also have fun using natural organic materials such as leaves lace and feathers (already supplied) to create your own compositions. Enjoy many experimental applications.

·       An assortment of tools such as scribes, scissors, scalpel knife, pens, pencil, masking tape, and paint brushes can come in handy if you already have these. These are not all necessary though if you don’t have them.

·       Important to bring a Folder (A3) size with tissue paper to take home your finished prints. Your prints will be damp and need care.

For more information, bookings and a materials list, contact Kay Norton-Knight
0428 635 993

Rosby Art Workshops
2019 Workshop:
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