Intermediate Etching Course Information

2 Day Course : 10.30 am - 5.30 pm

There will be a lunch break from 1.30

Tea and coffee breaks will be provided in the kitchen.

This is an Intermediate Course in Etching. Working on your own zinc plates, participants can experiment with etchings using line using hard ground or soft ground and by adding tone using aquatint techniques. With the guidance of the tutor each participant will get to experiment with sugar lift, spit-bite and multi-etching (2 colours).

With the guidance of the course tutor, participants will individually develop their own artwork. There will also be the opportunity to experiment with a range of exciting techniques such as multiplate etching, spit-bite and sugar lift. The course will be focused on improving competency and experimenting with new techniques.

On day one we will look at a range of examples of different etching techniques and individually assess images and decide how to best start developing an etching. Demonstrations of multiplate etching, spit bite and sugar lift will be given throughout the day.

On day two we will continue to develop imagery using the techniques learnt on day one, experimenting with colour printing and chine collé.

Course contents:  

Applying and working into hard & soft grounds                         

Applying and adding tone with aquatint techniques such as stop out, sugar lift or spit-bite.           

Registration and counter-proofing for multi-plate

Preparing and inking up plates for intaglio printing.  

Please bring:          

• Drawings or ideas for drawings to work from

Please be aware that you will be provided with two A5 zinc plates.

Please wear suitable clothing as you will be working with ink and other etching print materials. Aprons and all materials are provided.

Wear sturdy and appropriate shoes: e.g., trainers, closed leather shoes or work boots - NOT open-toed sandals, flip-flops or you might be refused entrance to the studio.

Please arrive promptly for courses as time is limited. It is essential to attend each day of the course.

We look forward to seeing you.

Print Studio Co-Ordinator:

Darren van der Merwe

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