Evening Classes

Etching Evening class

Full Price: £180/ £145 concession

The Etching evening classpromotes an experimental approach to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents.  (No previous experience required)

Date and availability

  • 22 February - 29 March 2018
  • 25 October - 29 November 2018
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Time: 6 Thursday evenings 6 - 9pm

Class size: 8

Materials: Included

Tutor: Jodi Le Bigre

Course Level: 2 star, Introduction


To book a place on one of our courses, payment must be made in full. We recommend booking online to guarantee a place.

If you have an enquiry please email your enquiry here please phone 0131 557 2479 to pay by card or in person at Edinburgh Printmakers, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

More about the course

During the course participants will work on two etching plates, one copper and one zinc, introducing them to both of the metals and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce two images over the course (one on each metal) making use of a combination of techniques in each plate. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

  • Introduction and overview of the process
  • Looking at print examples
  • Plate preparation
  • Application of B.I.G for use as a hard ground
  • Application of B.I.G for use as a wet ground
  • Demonstrations of different drawing and mark making techniques
  • Application of aquatint and safe use of aquatint booth
  • Using two different mordants safely to etch copper and zinc plates
  • Paper preparation
  • Inking up the plate and printing, safe use of the press
  • Clearing up after printing
  • Introduction to studio practice and working in the studio after the course