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Printmaking: The Ghost of Wiiralt

The course takes place on Wednesdays: 10.11, 17.11 and 24.11 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm


- + pc 10

Due to the increased risk of coronavirus infection and additional restrictions imposed by the Government, the conditions for visiting the Kumu Art Museum have changed. Please click here to read the new visiting regulations:

The course will be conducted in Estonian, but English translation can be provided. 

During the three-part printmaking course, participants will learn how to prepare an etched printing plate and print from it. The oeuvre of Estonia’s most renowned printmaker, Eduard Wiiralt will provide the inspiration. 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, whereby the lines that have been in acid longer are stronger and wider. The paint is applied to a completed plate so that it is deposited 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. 

NB! The participants can visit the exhibitions free of charge on the days they attend the course. 

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. 

From September to August, 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.

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