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Printmaking courses in Venice

•  The courses are ideal for those who are in Venice and want to find out more about traditional printmaking methods and techniques.

•   The course is in fact an individual course (or at most for two people) followed by the master Arianna Sautariello, and it is held at her studio in Cannaregio district in Fondamenta dei Ormesini 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 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

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There are four types of courses

You don’t need much time to start printing and creating your own work: the Short Course, thanks to which you can print a drypoint, takes just 4 hours!

The Complete Course is particularly suitable for those who want to know all the printing techniques or for those who want to learn more about a specific technique.

Short Course
4 hours

1. Drypoint on plexiglas plate or drypoint on zinc plate
Basic Course
8 hours

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

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

What the people who attended the courses say


“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 – California


“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, Irlanda

Here are some examples of what you can do by following the four types of courses


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