Jessica Russo Scherr


Drypoint Intaglio

Here are some examples of plexi-glas plates that were engraved with a sharp tool like a stylus or x-acto knife. The plexi-glas was then covered in black etching ink and then wiped off. The allows the ink to stay in all of the valleys created by the the stylus. Next the plate was placed on damp charcoal paper and run through the printing press.




For your homework you will be engraving your plexi-glas. Place a photograph (not a published picture from a magazine) underneath the plexi and use the photo to help guide your lines. The more you scratch the darker that area will be.


Try to capture all of the value scale. It will be strange because the plexi will turn white when you scratch it. Think in reverse and place the plexi over a white piece of paper with a strong light. The shadow will give you an idea about how your finished print will look.


Avoid words (They will print backwards)

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Homework Policy

All homework is due at the START of class on the due date posted on the website.

LATE homework  is homework that is turned in at the end of the class that it is due or the next art class = 1 grade lower

Homework turned in later then the following art class = ZERO

Homeworks are explained in class and Internet connectivity is not an excuse for not completing homework.  The website is to aid you in your homework.

If you put in effort into a homework but it did not come out as you expected or you misunderstood the assignment:  You may redo it for a better grade within one week.

Absent:  You are responsible to find out what assignments you missed while absent. Generally 1 day will be given for each day missed to make up assignments. Write ABSENT next to your name on the back of the assignment.



How to earn a good grade on your homework

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Follow the instructions for each homework.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.


Art Teachers

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