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Etching - Intro & Intermediate Workshops

  • Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - Fri, 19 Apr 2019
  • 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM
  • Tickets: £60/50

Introduction to Etching

Learn all about the etching process using our over 100 year old etching press in our Intaglio studio. On the day you will be shown how to create a hard ground and soft ground etching. The process begins by you coating a metal plate with a waxy resist which you draw into to expose lines, these lines are then submerged into a copper sulphate solution which eats away at the line creating an indent. Special etching inks are then pushed into the lines on your metal plate and when printed on the etching press using damp paper creates an etching. This technique is a must for people that draw and enjoy line work but also a fascinating technique to experience. No prior experience required.

We are a safe etching facility so all the chemicals that are used are safe and once you have completed the course you can come back and hire the space to keep on printing. 

To find out about other workshops available through the Bluecoat Print Studio please click here.


This season, Introduction to Etching occurs on the following dates:

Fri 14 Dec / 11am - 5pm

Fri 18 Jan  / 11am - 5pm

Mon 4 Feb  / 11am - 5pm

Fri 15 Mar  / 11am - 5pm

Fri 19 Apr  / 11am - 5pm


Intermediate Etching

Leading on from the Introduction to Etching, we're also hosting an Intermediate Etching workshop. In this session we will experiment with different ways to create tone and play with colour. Using techniques such as chine colle and acrylic aquatint you will expand upon your knowledge of hard and soft ground etching from the introductory course. Some prior knowledge of etching is essential for this workshop.

Friday 14 Dec / Fri 8 Feb

Tickets: £60/ £50

 Click here to book for intermediate etching


Please note: We only refund cancellations with 14 days notice of workshop date. Any cancellation within 14 days we will endeavour to fill your space, but a refund can only be made if that space is filled and if it’s a group booking then we cannot guarantee that all the spaces will be sold, as we advertise each space individually. 

Please note: All of our workshops and courses are for adults age 18+. If you're interested in accompanied workshops for under 18s please 2019 please drop up us a line at We also run regular hands on family workshops and weekends

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