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Dear Life Drawing Group, my apologies for the repeated delays in restarting our Life Drawing sessions. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control require that I delay things longer still. I appreciate your patience. Stay tuned.

Continued creativity.

Paul Geiger

A Fall class offering at Tholepin Press: Etching for Beginners. This class will explore various Intaglio techniques, both linear and tonal. The focus is on Line Etching using zinc or copper plates. Aquatint and Soft Ground will also be discussed as well as the direct techniques of Engraving and Drypoint. It begins Tuesday, Oct. 18th, and meets for 5 weeks through Nov. 15th. 6 – 9 pm. Cost $185. Learn the traditional etching technique practiced by Rembrandt and Whistler. Basic drawing skills are required for this class.

Intaglio is the incising of a design into or beneath the surface of a hard material. In Etching, this design is created through the action of acids, hence “etching.”

Materials needed for class:

  • Etching needle. Wooden handle No. 1 round point.
  • 16 gauge. Zinc plate, 5″ x 7″ or larger. At least one.
  • Brasso metal polish, 8 oz. can.
  • Drawing paper and pencils.
  • 3 inch “bent” Burnisher.
  • Scraper, 3 inch flat.
Brasso can be had at Kroger or Home Depot, etc.  The tools and plates I will seek to have stocked locally at The Art Supply Depo.
If time allows, also check Graphic Chemical and Ink and E.C. Lyons at their respective websites. Wonderful places to get ALL manner of Printmaking equipment, plates, inks and papers. You can also try Dick Blick, Daniel Smith, Cheap Joe’s, Jerry’s Artarama.


  • Tuesday and Thursday 6 – 10 pm.
  • Saturday 1 – 5 pm.


Working independently without instruction:

  • $15 per 4 hour open session.
  • $35 per 3 consecutive (a week of) open sessions
  • $90 per 4 week period

Enrolled college students with current I.D.

  • $10 per 4 hour open session
  • $25 per 3 consecutive (one week of) open sessions
  • $65 per 4 week period

Use of Print Facility outside of set studio hours – $45.00 per 8 hour day. $8/hr. Other times by appointment. It is recommended that you call 419-243-4944 in advance to assure access.

Over time, pricing will be re-evaluated based on the costs of supplies, overhead, maintenance, etc.

At Tholepin we are dedicated to providing a quality creative experience at an affordable price.

All Printmakers must have had previous instruction in their technique of choice and must be able to display adequate proficiency  and familiarity with appropriate equipment.

A CONTRACT and WAIVER are signed to insure the safety and commitment of both the user and Tholepin.



Vertical and horizontal storage slots and a flat file drawer are available to those taking classes or using the facility on a monthly basis.

NO Metal Plates, inks or liquids in flat file drawers, please.


Intaglio Presses:

  • American French Tool 24″ x 48″
  • American French Tool 30″ x 52″
  • Charles Brand 16″ x 30″.

Relief Press:

  • 1890 Paul Shneidewend & Co. Washington Proofing Press 17″ x 22″ bed.

Lithography Presses:

  • Fuchs & Lang  lithography press. Bed 28″ 40″.
  • 13 foot long 1890’s French Oak Chassis press. Motorized. Bed 40″ x 54″


Ventilated acid booth. Ventilated spray booth. Etching blankets (felts). Two 27.5 x 36 inch Graphic Chemical hot plates. Two types of aquatint boxes. Tarletons for Black ink. Metal files. C-clamps. Paper Soaking trays. Light tables. 2 drying racks. Ink spatulas and inking slabs. Rulers. Paper cutters. Bench hooks. Sharpening stone. Screen washout area w/power washer (for water-based inks), Vacuum table and exposure units.

-Printmakers have access to limited space in the shop refrigerator and Microwave for snacks. Your items are to be removed from the fridge at the end of each session.


Reasonable use of Paper towels, Rubber Gloves and Newsprint. Craft and butcher paper rolls on dispensers. Nitric acid bath (Zinc). Dutch Mordant (copper). Basic solvents (Gum Turpentine, Mineral Spirits, Denatured Alcohol. Stop-out varnish. Liquid hard ground. Ball ground. Soft ground. Cleaners: Hand Cleaner, Simple green, vegetable oil. Black ink. Ink modifiers Plate oil, Mag, Talc. Phone books for wiping.

Users are encouraged to provide personal supplies: Plates, proofing/printing paper, tools, newsprint, inks, respirator, gloves, blotters, gum tape, stop-out varnish brushes, metal polish, spray lacquer aquatint, color inks, tarleton for color inks, buckets, sponges, etc.,.