Explore Etching

Art & Crafts |
5th May 2022

Explore Etching | Thu 5 May to Thu 19 May | 7-9.30pm | £60 (3 wks) | 16+ | Tutor Karen Lester | Venue Studio 3 and Print Room

In our explore etching course you will learn about the fascinating Intaglio process of etching using copper sulphate solution and aluminium plates.

If this class has already started, there may be places still available. Please contact sales@breweryarts.co.uk

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?
Your artist tutor Karen Lester will guide you through the processes of plate preparation, etching, inking and pulling a printing using the printing press.

Work on your individual print project with support to develop at your experience level with further techniques such as chine collé or adding colour.

Who is it suitable for?
Suitable for all. This is a continuation course for those on previous etching courses at Brewery Arts but complete beginners to etching are also welcome.

What do I need to bring?
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 for images with only a few (2 or 3) tones (lights and darks). Strong contrasts of tones work well. Plate sizes are small starting at 6”x4”.

Are there any additional costs?

About the tutor
Karen works across media, painting, drawing and printmaking, selecting media to respond to a variety of reference sources, particularly those found in the landscape, natural and man-made. Excited by the creation of colour in her paintings, she also finds the quality of the marks produced in printmaking particularly fascinating. Experiencing ‘the reveal’ is one of the joys of working with printmaking processes.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. A recent project, a commission by Lancaster University and focussing on Morecambe Bay is a series of images using a variety of printmaking techniques.

She continually seeks to develop her art practise through exploration of the wonderful qualities of different media, often combining materials to create mixed media images.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011. She is also a Member of Cumbria Printmakers and Green Door artists’ collective.

Karen Lester

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5th May 2022

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