Offering Printmaking Classes and Workshops in Metropolitan D.C.
About Discover Graphics Atelier Classes & Workshops at Discover Graphics DGA's Affiliate Artists Printing Methods Contact Discover Graphics
Discover Graphics Atelier, located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers printmaking courses and workshops in collaboration with the Art League. It also provides facilities in which advanced students and proven printmakers can pursue their art in a supportive environment. Incorporated as a 501(C) 3 non-profit educational institution, Discover Graphics is the brainchild of two experienced printmakers and teachers, Penny Barringer and Allen Kaneshiro. Drawing on their experience at the National Museum of American Art and on the generosity of friends, they opened the printshop in the Torpedo Factory in 1983. Since then numerous printmakers in various media have used it as their choice of studio. Regular instruction has been offered in stone and plate lithography, in relief printmaking, in collograph, in monotype, and in the multiple possibilities offered by the whole range of etching and intaglio techniques. Discover Graphics continued to operate without the direction of Penny Barringer, who passed away suddenly in the summer of 2016, as we are still offering the full range of printmaking classes.
Discover Graphics Atelier, a great place to explore the world of fine art printmaking.

Registration for Fall begins August 7th
Classes start September 19th - Classes end December 20th
(Register with the Art League at

Upcoming Classes and Workshops at a Glance

Instructor Workshop/Class Date/Time
Veronica Barker-Barzal Kelly Begining/Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques
Fall•Winter•Spring (5 weeks)
Thurs 11:00-4:00
Pam Day Begining/Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques
Fall•Winter•Spring (9 weeks)
Tues 7:00-10:00
Pam Day Intermediate/Advanced
Intaglio Techniques
Fall & Spring (9 weeks)
Thurs 7:00-10:00
David Skibiak Intermediate/Advanced
Intaglio Techniques
Winter (9 weeks)
Thurs 7:00-10:00
Harriet Lawler All Levels
Introduction to Monotype Printmaking
Year round
(see classes)
Nancy Aldrich-Wolf Begining/Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques
Summer (5 weeks Starts July 6)
Thurs 11:00-4:00
Lyla Shlon All Levels
Lithography (Stone & Metal Plate)
Fall & Spring (6 weeks)
Sunday 11:00-4:00
Jennifer Dunbar Intermediate/Advanced
Woodblock Printmaking
Fall & Spring (9 weeks)
Mon 7:00-10:00
Veronica Barker-Barzal Kelly
Discover Graphics Atelier is extremely pleased to announce the addition of three new members of our teaching staff; all three are expert printmakers and educators and all of them will be teaching this fall.

We are so proud of our colleague and extraordinarily talented artist/printmaker, Veronica Barker-Barzal Kelly, who this year was ‘juried in’ as a TFAC studio artist and will now be teaching Beginning/ Intermediate Etching and Intaglio Techniques Thursday afternoons in DGA. Veronica has been an art teacher at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. for the past ten years and brings an amazing variety of both relief and intaglio experience to the class. A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Veronica completed her Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Art in 2014. While attending MICA, she was a graduate Teacher Assistant for Eva Wylie in printmaking. Veronica's style is a fusion of the classics with both urban and fantasy influences. She incorporates symbolism throughout her art including both Western and Eastern cultural influences, and often anchors her art-work with Celtic knot-work incorporated in the borders.

Lyla Shlon is also a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) majoring in printmaking and she associated with the school as a teaching assistant demonstrating advanced techniques in fine art lithography. She received training in the Printer Training Program at the very exclusive Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM and Lyla has started a collaborative lithographic workshop in Baltimore, MD called Two Birds One Stone Editions. We are so excited to have Lyla as a member of DGA department and look forward to working in stone and plate lithography with her.

Jennifer Dunbar

Our good fortune truly comes in threes, as we have yet another new instructor to introduce, an amazing talent, woodblock artist Jennifer DunbarA graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts, in Art and Design she graduated Cum Laude in 2008. She taught painting, drawing, printmaking in the public school system in Bay County MI where she also curated exhibits of student work and organized community art events. Her astonishing ability in multiple color woodblock printing, however, speaks volumes of her talent and commitment to the field. Although Jennifer has only been an affiliate member of DGA for little more than a year, her passion and genuine artistic talent has given the Torpedo Factory an up and coming star.

Discover Graphics is celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2018 and we are planning for an event filled year featuring special workshops throughout the year. With returning instructors Nancy Aldrich-Wolf, Pam Day, Harriet Lawler and David Skibiak to bring out your creative side while showing you a full gammet of styles and directions to choose from, you don't want to miss out on all the fun! So if you haven't signed-up for email announcements giving you the latest news and information of the happenings, or if you are just interested to be an affliate, now is the time to get on our mailing list at:
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For our monthly
"3rd Sunday
Open workshops"

with Lyla Shlon

Stone lithograph by Lyla Shlon
Lithography enables artists to use a wide range of techniques to achieve multiple prints including crayons and pencil shading, washes, and pen & ink. Students learn to grind a stone and/or prepare a metal plate, develop an image, and print a small edition. A $45 lab fee is payable to the instructor. Open to all experience levels.

Fall & Spring (6 weeks)

$240 Saturday 11:00 -4:00 pm (Limit 8 students)

The workshop will be held in:
Discover Graphics Atelier, Inc, Studio 202
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria ,VA

For more information call the Art League School at

Beginning/ Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques

Etching is a technique that allows the printmaker to achieve wide tonal range and unlimited detail. Students, using zinc plates will learn to produce images with line etching, aquatint, soft ground etching and drypoint techniques and how to print small additions. Lab fee $40 payable to instructor.

$220 Tuesday 7:00- 10:00pm
Pam Day (9 weeks)

$220 Thursday 11:00am -4:00 pm
Veronica Barker-Barzal Kelly (5 weeks)

Intermediate/Advanced Etching,
Printmaking Projects and Techniques

Pam Day David Skibiak

This class is designed for students with some background in printmaking as well as more advanced students. Working with a master printmaker, students refine their skills in intaglio and other printmaking techniques by focusing on individual or class projects. New and more advanced techniques are introduced for student exploration. A $40 lab fee is payable to instructor.

Fall & Spring
$220                  Thursday        7:00pm–10:00pm (9 wks) Day

$220                  Thursday        7:00pm–10:00pm (9 wks) Skibiak

$155                   Wednesday    11:00am–2:00pm (6 weeks) TBD

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Print Methods Taught at Discover Graphics


Lithography, from the Greek words for stone and writing, was invented by Aloys Senefelder in 1796, who originally called his invention "chemical printing" because the process is based on the antipathy of grease and water.


Intaglio printmaking refers to all those methods of etching or engraving on metal plates, usually copper or zinc, where the grooves retain ink while the upper surface is meticulously wiped clean. The two major techniques are direct engraving and acid-bath methods.(more)


Monoprint is a similar process to monotype which also yields a unique print, it differs from monotype, however, in that some part of the image is produced from a repeatable matrix or plate executed in one of the other printmaking processes. (more)


Collography is a technique whereby the necessarily uneven surfaces of a print matrix are created by collaging various materials onto the plate. The most common method is to generate a matrix on either a cardboard support or a plastic plate. (more)

   Linoleum Cut

Linoleum cut (or linocut) is the fascinating relief printing process that doesn't require a press to print. Linoleum is an easy to cut alternative to wood.
Experience printmakers may apply to be affiliated artist and pay a monthly fee to cover basic supplies and equipment during open studio hours.
For information call 703-549-1381
Supplies: Most supplies are available in the classroom. Other supplies are available in the Art League Store and will be discussed by the instructor at the first class.

To apply email
Summer open studio hours:
Mon, Weds, Fri, 10:00 am --10:00 pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun -- 10:00am -- 6:00pm

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