Looking at artists: focus on etching in printmaking
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO247
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
In this short course you will look at how and why artists make use of the printmaking technique of Etching. The tutor will guide you through what etching and its related intaglio techniques are, how they developed historically, looking at artists such as Durer, Rembrandt, Goya and Hayter, and how they are still relevant for contemporary artists such as Hockney, Paula Rego, the Chapman brothers and Michael Landy. There is no practical element to this course.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• An overview of etching (including aquatint, engraving and drypoint) – what it is and why artists use it.
• An overview of its historical development.
• Ways this process is used by contemporary artists.
• Q+A on the process and its use.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Start to identify the main characteristics of this printmaking technique
• Have an understanding of how this printmaking process works.
• Identify typical mark making from this technique
• Have an understanding where this technique fits in the printmaking canon and how and why artists employ it.
• Make an informed choice about further practical printmaking study of this technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
• This is an introduction to the subject, for anybody who is interested in looking more in depth at printmaking techniques.
• It is delivered online – you should be computer literate.
• You will be invited to take part in discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• You will be taught online, with short presentations and group discussion.
• Further resources will be offered via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• A pencil or pen for note taking is always useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
• Ideally this course will help you make an informed choice for coming to study the print processes practically, in the studio.
• This course is one in a series of ‘looking at artists’, there are others with a focus on different printmaking techniques too – check www for details.
Simon teaches printmaking and drawing at City Lit, with an interest in observational and technical skills. He studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and lithography at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and has been teaching printmaking, drawing and his specialism of lithography for many years at art schools, adult education colleges and independent community print workshops, including Oaks Editions Lithography Studio, his studio at Oaks Park near Carshalton. His prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Bankside Gallery, London, and the International Lithography Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden, and are in the collections of the British Library, Cambridge University Library and Aberystwyth University, amongst others. He has also contributed to 'Printmaking Today' magazine, written two chapters on landscape and abstraction in 'Drawing and Painting - Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists', Thames and Hudson, 2015, and translated the English edition of 'Kitchen Litho', Atelier Kitchen Print, France, 2016.
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.