Etching in colour

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 19/05/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Kath Castillo

Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.


What is the course about?

In addition to helping you consolidate and deepen your understanding and skills in the process and techniques of etching, the course offers printmakers an opportunity to learn, experiment and develop skills and knowledge in the application of colour printing techniques.

What will we cover?

Create new or bring existing etching plates which can be developed using a range of colour applica-tion techniques including à la poupée, chine collé, colour viscosity printing and using stencils and blend rolls to create beautiful richly-layered colour prints.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Print plates in the intaglio method to a good standard
- Plan and develop ideas for etchings using a range of colour techniques
- Develop colour mixing skills
- Identify and apply colour techniques and processes to best develop and express ideas and imagery
- Appreciate the possibilities of working with colour for etching processes.
- Use the intaglio presses safely and effectively.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at those with some previous etching experience and/or as an ideal continuation course for those who have completed a beginner/intermediate etching course and are confident with basic processes and who now wish to develop prints with colour. Complete beginners may wish to enrol on one of the many introductory/basic etching courses before progressing to this course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration and practical application supported by written instructions. One-to-one and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring to the first session any previously worked etching plates and/or sketches ideas or other visual resources to create a new image.

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any drawing equipment or tools and alternative papers for printing. Specialist printing paper can also be purchased at cost in the class.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in printmaking at City Lit run throughout the year and you are encouraged to build on your previous experience by joining one of these courses. Progression to intermedi-ate/advanced courses you may be interested in: Printmaking studio: focus on colour (VS899) or maybe you’d like to try a drop-in session which offers the chance to use the print studio facilities to work on personal projects in Printmaking Club.(VS301) For printmakers wishing to develop a sustained personal project you may be interested in the year-long Advanced Fine Art Printmaking course ( VS905 & VS986) Course. Further details for all courses are available in the course guide and on the website.

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.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VS718

Tue, eve, 21 Apr - 19 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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