Get skills in: etching in colour

Course Dates: 29/06/22 - 20/07/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
The ideal follow-on for those who have done 'Introduction to etching' and would like to go deeper into the techniques and processes of etching. This course will consolidate your existing skills, introduce you to more complex etching processes and help you to find and develop your subject matter in this medium.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

Course Code: VS831

Wed, eve, 29 Jun - 20 Jul '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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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.

Kath Castillo

Kath studied at Falmouth School of Art and The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Following graduation from the Ruskin, she co-founded the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative (OPC) working there for a while as tutor-technician before travelling abroad to work and teach drawing and printmaking in Central and South America. She most recently exhibited with OPC in Oxford in 2018 for the anniversary exhibition Celebrating Print. In her practice, Kath works mainly with etching, drypoint, mezzotint, collagraph and multimedia printmaking. She has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally and has work represented in public and private collections. Kath has taught printmaking at universities and adult education colleges across London and has been a member of the Visual Arts teaching team at City Lit for many years teaching drawing, painting and printmaking. She teaches on advanced practice courses including the City Lit Fine Art course and specialises in teaching courses in intaglio printmaking from beginner through to advanced level, with particular expertise in advanced colour printing techniques and processes.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.