Venice is full of surprises and undiscovered beauties. As I finished my course in Art Registrar at IED _ European Institute of Design, I would like to talk about a place in which I took printing lessons, especially in etching.
Bottega Del Tintoretto is a studio of art printing which organises intensive and annual workshops in watercolour, drawing, sculpture and lithography. During the full-immersion courses, lunches and tasty snacks are served to the participants as part of all the inclusive-class-package.
When you enter that place, you will believe to be in the Howl's Moving Castle, because the Bottega is full of combined elements that are intertwined with originality, poetry, surrealism and magic.
As I said before, we had lessons with the artist and "philosopher" Roberto Mazzetto, on the making of a print made by the old etching technique. This technique combines the interaction of a metal sheet - previously engraved by a steel point - with the immersion of it in acids or other mordant or solvents. Thereafter, the sheet is being covered by varnishes or wax and inked through other different steps until it will be pressed under a lathe to finally obtain our print. It may seem difficult to understand it by words and, truly, the procedure requires a good amount of attention and concentration, but at the end, seeing our sketches printed resulted in a huge emotion and sense of satisfaction.
Each of us in the class had four copies of the work printed. Personally, I tried to recreate a heart, but, as you can see, my drawing skills are not so good. Despite that, I cannot wait to enrol myself in the lithography classes.
To sum up, the experience has been useful, creative and proactive. If you are not going to take part in the courses, no problem! Everyone is welcome to visit the Bottega and also to buy the prints that are for selling in the first room at the entrance.