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.
This fundamentals workshop is a great place for beginners to start and an invaluable refresher course for more experience students. Students learn to produce prints using three techniques: line etching, aquatint, and dry point. During the two day intensive workshop, all levels of artists gain an overview of the principles and techniques of these art forms.

December 2nd and 3rd (Sat - Sun)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
$180 per person + $20 lab fee
Studio 202 Torpedo Factory
Class size is limited to 10 students

intersection looking south

Elizabeth J. Peak

An Assistant Professor of Art at the
following Universities:

    College of William and Mary
    American University
    College of the Holy Cross
    Kent State University

Studied Art at the following Universities:

    Yale University
      MFA (Printmaking, Drawing)
    Brandeis University
      Student w/ Michael Mazur
    University of California
      BA (Sculpture, Printmaking)
    University of Nebraska
      Art Major

Included in these permanent collections:

    Yale University Gallery
    Smithsonian Institution
    Library of Congress
    Worcester Art Museum
    Arkansas State University
    The American University

Artist's Statement:
"I am primarily a print maker working on copper plates making etchings much like they were made in the 17th Century. I frequently make studies in monotype or in watercolor. Recently I have added collage. I have always loved the process of thinking through plans in etching and sometimes wind up changing them dramatically from the initial idea.

For me, landscape subject matter covers a variety of subjects. They are at once a geographic personal history— the mid-western farm fields where I spent a large portion of my formative years, Germany where lived for a year—and nature as a spiritual touchstone, where nature resonates with one's spirit or emotions.

I'm not looking for things that are inherently beautiful. Gas stations, city streets, rural or forested places are all equally compelling. I'm not looking for a specific place like a hometown or famous monument. First, I'm looking for an interesting composition and how that places the viewer in a particular relationship to the subject.

This is the essence of Formalism: to care for all the abstract variables that make up the picture. Secondarily, I look at the literal subject and what may be taking place in terms of light or atmosphere. Finally, I work with realism to resonate with the viewer's experience of landscape."

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Registration for Fall begins November 6th
Classes start January 8th - Classes end March 11th
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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
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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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