Etching For All

Creative Learning |
22nd February 2020

22 Feb | 10.30am-4.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £63

Create prints through the exciting processes of etching. Using copper sulphate and aluminium plates, Karen Lester will guide you through the processes of plate preparation, etching, inking and printing. Suitable for those new to etching and for those with some experience.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

This is a one day workshop suitable for all levels of experience, repeated throughout the year in selected months.

You will produce prints from metal (aluminium) plates using copper sulphate, ‘safe etching’. Follow the processes to –

  • Prepare a metal plate using resists to create tone
  • Ink the plate ready for printing
  • Print through printing press

Tutor-led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts will guide you through the process.

Individuals will be supported throughout. Participants are encouraged to experiment with the emphasis very much on individual practical experience. There will be opportunities to discuss results individually.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:

Produce at least one plate from your chosen reference image and take a print from this. Once created, this plate can be kept to use for several impressions.

This is a one day workshop repeated during autumn and spring terms.

What do I need to bring with me?

All equipment and materials supplied.
Printmaking is messy so wear old clothes! You are advised to bring-

  • An apron or old shirt to protect clothes.
  • Gloves – latex or plastic

Be aware that some chemicals in inks and cleaning materials may affect those with certain medical conditions eg sensitive skin

Bring ideas! If you have images, photographs or sketches that you would like to work from please bring these eg Landscapes, birds, patterns. If you are new to etching look out for images with only a few (2 or 3) tones (lights and darks). Plate sizes are small starting at 6”x4”.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011.

Karen Lester


22nd February 2020

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