Photo: Claudio Zennaro

Printmaking courses in Venice

This course is ideal for those who are in Venice and want to find out about traditional printmaking methods and techniques.

The class is a two people max course taught by print master Arianna Sautariello in her cozy studio in Fondamenta dei Ormesini, in Cannaregio district in Venice (near the Jewish Ghetto).

No specific preparation is required, however a basic knowledge of the traditional drawing technique can be helpful.


Arianna will help the students to choose the subjects, to prepare the drawings and she will teach all the processing phases, from the initial study to the final prints.

The cost of the course includes

  • the use of laboratory instruments:
    – engraving burs
    – calchographic press
    – vertical press
    – light tablet
  • and materials:
    – printing paper
    – paints
    – inks
    – plexiglas plates
    – linoleum plates
    – zinc plates
    – acids

Photo: Alessandro Secondin

There are four types of courses

Short Course
4 hours
€ 120 4 hours

  • 1. Drypoint on plexiglas plate or drypoint on zinc plate

Basic Course
8 hours
€ 190 8 hours

  • 1. Chalcography (etching, aquatint, drypoint) or two-blocks linocut

Extended Course
16 hours
€ 350 16 hours

  • 1. Drypoint on plexiglas plate or drypoint on zinc plate
  • 2. Chalcography (etching, aquatint, drypoint) or two-blocks linocut

Full Course
30 hours
€ 540 30 hours

  • 1. Drypoint on plexiglas
  • 2. Drypoint on zinc plate
  • 3. Two-blocks linocut
  • 4. Chalcography (etching, aquatint, drypoint)

Each course is divided into 4 hour lessons. The Full Course consists of 7 lessons of 4 hours and one final lesson of 2 hours and it can be payed into two parts.

Here some examples of what you can do attending the four types of courses

The Full Course is particularly suitable for those who want to know all the printmaking techniques or those who want to deepen a specific technique.

It is possible to attend the course every afternoon from Monday to Saturday– the exact time can be agreed with Arianna.


“My daughter spent two days with Arianna learning the technique of etching. It was the highlight of her trip! She thoroughly enjoyed working with Arianna and she created some beautiful artwork to take home with her. I am not much of a shopper and did not buy anything else in Venice, but I have a weakness for beautiful and original art and bought a few pieces of Arianna’s artwork to enjoy here at home. They will always remind me of our wonderful trip to Venice. Thank you Arianna.”
Sheila, San Diego – CA


“On my recent visit to Venice I booked an etching & aquatint workshop with Arianna. A wonderfully informative and unique experience. If you are planning a visit to Venice and enjoy being creative – Arianna’s workshops are not to be missed!
Jacqueline, Ireland


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    The making of an etching