Etching for Beginners

BACK by popular demand !! Our Etching for Beginners course (formally known as Intro to Intaglio) is designed to give a good grounding in the techniques of drypoint and intaglio etching and the opportunity to produce a small edition of your own etchings to take home.

The course is tutored by experienced and friendly etcher  Ralph Overill and it  will run for 3 weeks on Saturday afternoons, 2.30pm – 5.30pm, on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of May 2015.

In the first class he will talk you through, and show examples of, the drypoint technique and by the end of the day you will have prepared your own plate, made a drypoint drawing on it and printed off 2-3 copies to keep. The second class will move onto hard ground intaglio etching techniques and you will learn to prepare and draw onto your own aluminium plate. The third and final class will show you how to prepare and mix the etching solution; etch your plate and print it.

You will take home full course notes and your 2 editions of etchings. You need to bring nothing but your ideas and enthusiasm !

All our classes are kept to very small numbers – a maximum of 4 people – so you will get plenty of personal attention. You will be supplied with 2 aluminium plates to work with and all other tools and materials will be supplied.

You need to book and pay for all three sessions by 25th April please to be sure of your place on the course. The full 3 session course costs £100 per person.

Wherever possible we will be using ‘safe’ acrylic resist materials during the course but you need to be aware that Hippo Screenprinters is a working print studio where some solvent based inks are used so, unfortunately, our classes are not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to solvent fumes.