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Introduction to copper plate etching

Learn the basics of intaglio printmaking.

  • Starts 9 Nov
  • 75 British pounds
  • Cheston Combe

Available spots

Service Description

Unlock the captivating world of printmaking with our "Introduction to Etching Workshop for Beginners." This hands-on experience is designed for art enthusiasts eager to explore the art of etching—a traditional printmaking technique that allows you to create intricate and detailed prints on paper. In this beginner-friendly workshop, participants will be guided through the step-by-step process of etching, from preparing the etching plate to pulling the final print. Jemma will introduce you to the basic tools, materials, and techniques essential for successful etching, ensuring that even those with no prior printmaking experience can confidently delve into this fascinating art form. Highlights of the workshop include: Overview of Etching: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the etching process, including plate preparation, application of the etching ground, and various mark-making techniques. Safety and Studio Etiquette: Learn the importance of safety in the printmaking studio and gain hands-on experience with tools such as etching needles and grounds. Plate Preparation: Discover the art of coating a metal plate with etching ground and explore ways to create different textures and effects using various tools. Mark-Making Techniques: Experiment with a variety of mark-making tools to create unique and personalized designs on your etching plate. Acid Bath Etching: Experience the excitement of submerging your prepared plate in an acid bath to reveal the intricate lines and textures on the metal surface. Inking and Printing: Learn the art of inking your etched plate and pulling prints using an etching press. Experiment with different inking methods to achieve diverse visual effects. Quality Critique: Engage in a supportive group discussion to review and appreciate the diverse etchings created during the workshop, fostering a sense of community and learning from each other. Whether you're a complete beginner or have dabbled in art before, our Introduction to Etching Workshop offers a welcoming environment for creative exploration. Join us for an inspiring day of artistic discovery, and leave with your very own hand-pulled etchings to showcase your newfound skills! It might still be a bit chilly in Jemma's studio in March so please wrap up warm! Hot drinks will be provided.

Upcoming Sessions

Contact Details

  • Jemma Gunning Printmaker, Cheston Combe, Backwell, Bristol, UK

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