Creative Learning Experimental Etching

Tutor Karen Lester | 10.30am – 4.30pm | £63

Experiment with resists such as soft ground, ink, oil pastel and marker pens on aluminium plates to create prints. A chance for experienced etchers to try different approaches.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Be creative using resists on aluminium plates and etching in copper sulphate. With some understanding of etching processes with copper sulphate, these techniques lend themselves to abstract and realistic image making. Working independently with ideas you will:

  • Work directly with material onto the plate with either soft ground or ink to leave impressions – suggested materials include bubble wrap, feathers, leaves, lace, open grain fabric, ribbon.
  • Use drawing materials such as oil pastel, litho crayon sharpies to act as a resist

By the end of the workshop, you will have a deeper understanding of the technical processes involved in etching. You will have created prints from a number of sample plates using different resists. These plates can be used in future for further prints or as a development for artwork.

What do I need to bring with me?
Bring ideas! Bring sketches or images that you would like to use as references.

Materials, the tutor will have some materials to use but you might like to bring your own. These should be solid enough to make impressions, such as lace, plastic open weave netting (on bags of fruit), woody dried plants, thin cord or string, corrugated card, bubble wrap.

Printmaking is messy so bring an apron or old shirt to protect your clothes.

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


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


Box Office 01539 725133 Admin 01539 722833

Support Us