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Drypoint print with watercolor tint by Lisa Bruce

Drypoint print with watercolor tint by Lisa Bruce

Recently I was fortunate to take a workshop at the Kala Institute in Berkeley to study dry point printing with Tevor Tubelle.  He’s a fun and patient instructor who spends most of his teaching time at Stanford so we were lucky to have him here to show us how to prepare the copper plate, etch our designs into it and then print on the fabulous hand presses available.

Printing at Kala Institute with Trevor Tubelle

Printing at Kala Institute with Trevor Tubelle

Kala Art Institute is an international workshop and forum for ideas with exceptional printing facilities for professional artists. It has a residency program, gallery, library and workshops.
Heinz Building, Berkeley - photo by Daniella Thompson

Heinz Building, Berkeley – photo by Daniella Thompson

The Kala Art Institute is in the old Heinz (57 Varieties) Building in West Berkeley and is a perfect example of reuse of an older building.  It was designed by architect Albert Kahn and built in 1927.  The extremely large, elegant Mediterranean style industrial manufacturing building now houses Kala Institute along with many retail businesses and offices.

Entrance in the Heinz Building - photo by Daniella Thompson

Entrance in the Heinz Building – photo by Daniella Thompson

More information on this building can be found on the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association website   http://berkeleyheritage.com/berkeley_landmarks/heinz.html

Heinz Building facade - photo by Daniella Thompson

Heinz Building facade – photo by Daniella Thompson