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NOVA-Loudoun Art Department to host printmaking open house

A printmaking instructor from the Art Department at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Loudoun Campus will host a summer open house later this month. The fine arts event will feature live demonstrations on etching, lithography, relief and papermaking.

The fine arts printmaking studio will be open during the demonstrations. Guests will have the opportunity to print notecards on a vintage, 1922 Chandler and Price letterpress.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.  

Information on fine arts classes and degree programs will also be available during the open house. The NOVA-Loudon Art Department offers associate of applied arts (A.A.A.) and associate of arts (A.A.) degrees. 

A video of students creating artwork in the fine arts printmaking studio is available in NOVA’s YouTube video library.


Below are descriptions of the printmaking demonstrations to be offered during the open house:

  • In the etching process a metal plate is coated with an-acid resistant ground and worked with an etching needle. The plate is then submerged in an acid bath to etch in the image that is later inked and printed.
  • In lithography the image areas on a lithographic stone are chemically treated to accept ink and repel water, while non-image areas are treated to repel ink and retain water. The stone is then rolled with ink and printed.
  • Relief is a technique in which an image is printed from a raised surface, usually by cutting away non-image areas. Wood or linoleum is the typical medium.
  • Papermaking is a technique in which sheets of paper are formed by submerging a screen in a vat of paper pulp.


The open house will be Saturday, June 29, from noon to 3 p.m.


NOVA-Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, Va. The event will be held in the Waddell Building (LW) in room #306.


There is no cost to attend this event.


For more information on this event, or classes offered by NOVA-Loudon’s Art Department, contact:

Donald Depuydt   | 703.450.2627 | DDepuydt@nvcc.edu

Information about NOVA-Loudon’s Art Department is available online.

Media Contact: Corey Byers | 703.425.5847 | CByers@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.