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Printmaking: The Ghost of Wiiralt

The course takes place on Tuesdays 09.03., 16.03. and 23.03. from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm


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The course will be held in Estonian, but English translation is possible. 

During the three-part printmaking course, participants will learn how to prepare an etched printing plate and to print from it. Ideas will be acquired from the oeuvre of Estonia’s most renowned printmaker, Eduard Wiiralt. His works are distinguished by very expressive animals and a decadent cast of characters. Etching is an intaglio technique where the plate is covered with an acid-resistant varnish and a drawing is scraped onto the plate with a needle. The plate is then placed into acid and the lines are etched into the metal. Etching allows for multiple corrosions in which lines that have been in acid for longer are stronger and wider. The paint is applied to a completed plate so that it stays in the recessed lines. The image is transferred from the metal plate onto paper using an intaglio press. 

This course is part of the public programme of the Kumu Art Museum’s new permanent exhibition Landscapes of Identity: Estonian Art 1700–1945. 

The course takes place on Tuesdays, 09.03., 16.03. and 23.03, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

On the days of the course, the participants can visit the exhibitions free of charge. 

The instructor, Piret Smagar, is a printmaker and illustrator who studied in the Estonian State Art Institute and has supplemented her skills in Finland, Sweden and Norway. 


Additional information

You will be automatically enrolled in a course after buying a ticket from the e-shop.

The museum will contact you with further instructions shortly before the start of the course.

The ticket is valid for one person throughout the course and enables the participant to visit Kumu exhibitions on the days of the course.

In the e-shop, ticket sales end two days before the start of the course. You can still enrol in a course if there are vacancies by emailing the Curator of Art Studio Programmes at or calling +372 5199 7615.

All courses require a minimum number of participants to take place. If the course is cancelled, the participant can choose another course of the same value in the next 12 months or can be reimbursed.

The ticket will be sent to your email as a PDF document. The ticket is valid as a printout or shown on a smart device at the ticket office. 

If you want to buy a ticket for someone else or as a present, please let us know the name of the participant in the comment section.

From September to May, the Kumu educational centre organises various courses and workshops. Art studios and workshops offer opportunities to develop creativity in a unique setting at the Kumu Art Museum, home to Estonian art. Every year, people interested in painting, drawing, graphic art and ceramics can enjoy dynamic and instructive short courses, where professional supervisors help you to produce remarkable works of art.

The schedule of art courses is on our homepage (

If you cannot attend the course please let us know five business days prior to the start of a course. You can choose another course of the same value or get reimbursed.

Please contact the Curator of Art Studio Programmes by emailing or calling +372 5199 7615. Late claims will not be considered.

Kumu Art Museum will not reimburse courses partially, e.g. if you cannot attend all of the dates of the course. You will receive PDF tickets immediately on the given email address after your online banking transaction is finished.

If you haven’t received your tickets within 30 minutes after the transaction is done, please contact us at or call +372 602 6139 (Mon–Fri 9.00–17.00)

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