March 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gold Coast Arts Center
113 Middle Neck Road
Gold Coast Arts Center

For this project all you need is light, water and a bit of imagination! Transfer images with the same Solarplate process used to create the works of art currently on display in our gallery.

For Teens & Adults– No experience is necessary. During this three hour workshop, learn a variety of ways to create unique plates and prints. For this project all you need is light, water and a bit of imagination! Transfer images with the Solarplate process using a thin steel plate coated with a UV light sensitive photopolymer. Create a work of art using a non-toxic technique. No harsh chemicals or solvents are involved.

If you would like to work with a photograph or any image, please bring a black and white photograph printed onto transparency (acetate). You can have your photo printed this way at Staples or print on your home printer (use transparency that is appropriate for your printer!) Photos no larger than 6”x 8”, please. If you do not want to print out an image, you can draw on acetate with a sharpie during the workshop.

All supplies included with registration fee. Class is limited to 6 people. MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE.

Tuition per session: $75 per person.  Member: $70 per person.



Printmaking is a process used in art to transfer images from a template onto another surface. The design is created on the template by working its flat surface with either tools or chemicals. Traditional printmaking techniques include engraving, etching, woodcut, lithography and screen-printing. In the 1970’s, Dan Weldon, a Long Island printmaker created Solarplate, a new printmaking technique.


Solarplate Printmaking is a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. Solarplate is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing for artists to produce fine prints. Since Dan Welden’s development of the process in the 1970s, printmakers, painters, photographers, and art teachers interested in multiple impressions have found printmaking with Solarplate to be an exciting adventure. All one needs is inspiration, a graphic image created on a transparent film (acetate or glass), sun or UV light, and ordinary tap water, and the process is ready to begin.

Universities and art schools all over the world are using Solarplate as part of their curriculum. The simple, spontaneous approach also makes it faster and more economical for use in professional printmaking workshops and collaborations with artists. Educators are replacing traditional acid techniques with Solarplate due to safety regulations. Being photographic in nature, Solarplate incorporates a broader range of techniques than any other printing medium.

Photo credit: Karen Rubin