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. With it's 30th anniversary year in 2013, Discover Graphics continued to operate under the direction of Penny Barringer, who assumed complete responsibility for the atelier and its programs upon Kaneshiro's retirement in 2003.
Discover Graphics Atelier, a great place to explore the world of fine art printmaking.

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing this past June of our friend and mentor, Penny Barringer. The founder and director of Discover Graphics Atelier, Penny served as president of the Torpedo Factory Artists Association from 2010-14. For those of us lucky enough to have known her and to have shared her passion for making art, we'll miss her support and inspiration and of course, her generousity and her extensive knowledge in printmaking.
Thank you Penny for your friendship and your dedication.

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Registration for Fall begins August 7th
Classes start September 19th - Classes end December 20th
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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
Pam Day Begining/Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques
Fall•Spring•Winter (9 weeks)
Tues 7:00-10:00
Pam Day Begining/Intermediate
Etching and Intaglio Techniques
Summer (6 weeks)
Tues 7:00-10:00
Lyla Schlon 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

with Lyla Schlon

Stone lithograph by Lyla Schlon
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

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Art as Meditation

July 14 - August 13, 2017

Monotypes, Prints, Paintings
Harriett Lawler-Hernick
Reception: Sunday, July 16 1:00 - 4:00
Torpedo Factory website sign up for classes online

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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