Beginners Weekend Courses

Introduction to Etching

Full Price: £180 / £150 concession

This Etching weekend course provides the perfect introduction to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. (No previous experience required)

Select a date:

  • 18 & 19 April 2020
  • 19 & 20 September 2020
  • 7 & 8 November 2020
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Time: Saturday & Sunday 10.15am - 5:30pm

Class size: 8

Materials: Included

Tutor: Jodi Le Bigre

Course Level: Beginners


To book a place on one of our courses, payment must be made in full. We recommend booking online to guarantee a place.

If you have an enquiry please email your enquiry here please phone 0131 557 2479 to pay by card or in person at Edinburgh Printmakers, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

More about the course

During the course participants will work on two etching plates, one copper and one zinc, introducing them to both of the metals and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce two images over the course (one on each metal) making use of a combination of techniques in each plate. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

Introduction and overview of the process

Looking at print examples

Plate preparation

Application of B.I.G for use as a hard ground

Application of B.I.G for use as a wet ground

Demonstrations of different drawing and mark making techniques

Application of aquatint and safe use of aquatint booth

Using two different mordants safely to etch copper and zinc plates

Paper preparation

Inking up the plate and printing, safe use of the press

Clearing up after printing

Introduction to studio practice and working in the studio after the course

Booking Terms and Conditions

We run all our courses with small course numbers to ensure maximum hands-on activity.

Please read our course booking terms and conditions on cancellation etc before booking.