Explore Printmaking: Etching

Art & Crafts |
27th January 2022

Explore Printmaking: Etching | Thu 27 Jan to Thu 10 Feb | 7-9.30pm |£60 (3 weeks) | 16+ | Tutor Karen Lester | Studio 3 and Print Room

Explore Printmaking: Etching course will teach you about the fascinating Intaglio process of etching on this short course. Use copper sulphate solution and resists to create your own etched plate to make prints.

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

Who is it suitable for?
Suitable for all, including beginners to printmaking.

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 e.g 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). 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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27th January 2022

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