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Introduction to Etching

Short course

    Learn traditional etching techniques on our one-day short course at Locksbrook Road.

    • Learn how to make and print an etching, and print your designs on paper using our large Rochat etching press.
    • Understand the history and development of etching, and cover the basics of the studio, equipment and tools.
    • Experiment with a range of methods, multiple etching plates, and printing in colour.

    Learn the techniques of traditional etching, including hard and soft grounds, aquatint, sugar-lift and spit-bite. 

    Working with multiple plates and printing in colour, you'll learn to etch your own designs in a supportive environment.

    Workshop date and times:

    • 5 October 2019
    • 9.30am – 4.30pm

    About your tutor

    Penny Grist is an artist printmaker with over 30 years' experience of teaching and running workshops. She teaches printmaking on the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course at Bath Spa University. Her first degree was in Fine Art (painting) followed by a Printmaking Diploma and an MA in Interactive Multimedia.


    What you'll do

    We’ll cover:

    • A short introduction to the history of etching, referencing examples from our student archive
    • Preparing and drawing etching plates using soft and hard grounds 
    • Drawing and biting the plates (we use zinc and nitric acid)
    • Developing images further using aquatints, sugar-lift and spit-bite techniques
    • Working with multiple plates and printing in colour 
    • Using Chine Collé
    • Printing on our Rochat Etching press.


    The course will take place at our Locksbrook Road campus in Bath.


    The fee for this programme is £80, inclusive of materials.

    What to bring

    All materials, including etching plates and printmaking papers, are provided. Bring a sketchbook if you have one, or a photograph to work from. Aprons and gloves are provided.

    Register your interest

    We look forward to receiving your Registration of Interest form (below). If you have any questions, please contact us by email bsadshortcourses@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Register your interest form (doc)


    To book, or if you have any questions, please contact bsadshortcourses@bathspa.ac.uk.

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