What is the course about?
The course will help you consolidate and deepen your understanding and skills in the process and techniques of etching. You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and images as you gain in practical experience.
What will we cover?
We will revisit the main processes of etching using zinc plates: hard and soft ground, fine and coarse aquatint. We will cover some more complex etching techniques, such as open bite etching and the various ways of using aquatint, including sugar lift and spit bite. We will explore colour printing methods, such as two plate printing, à la poupée inking and colour viscosity printing. We will refer to the etchings of historical and contemporary artists and consider our own subject matter.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Etch on metal using a range of processes
- Prepare paper for printing
- Print etched plates in the intaglio method to a good standard in monochrome and colour
- Use the print room tools and equipment safely and effectively
- Use etching to develop your own imagery
For more experienced learners:
- Demonstrate confidence in using more complex etching and printing methods
- Demonstrate use of etching to create consistent personal imagery.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some previous experience of etching and drawing is recommended.
You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English both for health and safety reasons and to enable you to follow printmaking procedures. You should be able to take short written notes for your own use and occasionally make simple measurements using a ruler.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by illustrated talks and demonstrations, individual and group instruction, group discussion and written instructions. Any preparation work you can do outside the class will help you progress more quickly, but is not required or expected.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers most materials including inks, chemicals, basic tools, etc. Paper for printing can be purchased at cost in the class. Please bring to the first session sketches, photographs, prints made on previous courses or other visual resources as a starting point.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in printmaking run throughout the year and you are encouraged to build on your previous experience by joining one of these courses or you may be encouraged to strengthen your skills in related areas, particularly drawing, on many other courses at City Lit.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details