Photopolymer Etching

  • 5 evenings 7:00pm 10:00pm
  • 3 days 10:00am 4:30pm

Course Leader - Helen Ashton

  • Evening £200 (Concessions £170)
  • Daytime £231 (Concessions £196)

Workshop Description

A specialist course offering hands on experience etching photosensitive polymer. The plates exhibit a continuous tone, fine detail and rich blacks. There is also the opportunity to develop plates for relief printing, ideal for letterpress and logos. The course focuses on a combination of digital imaging software, UV exposing and traditional etching. You will be guided through Adobe Photoshop, to output and expose A5 digital positives. The studio is a low toxic environment and the course will teach students to handle solvents and oil based inks safely.

Skill level

Suitable for beginners and for those with previous printmaking experience.

Description of requirements

Ideal for photographs and scanned hand-drawn images. All materials will be provided.

What you will achieve by the end

Learn to use Photoshop’s levels and adjustment curves, to alter the tone and exposure; to achieve an A5 photopolymer plate and edition onto archival rag paper. Attendees will have gained sufficient skills to book onto Open Access.

Recent Review

Attended in April 2017

” Brilliant course. Helen was very thorough and explained everything very concisely and carefully. I feel very confident that I can independatly apply these new skills I’ve leant. Really loved the process. Fun it magical! ”

5 evenings starting in June
£200 (£170 concessions)
8 spaces remaining
Led by: Helen Ashton
date from to
20th June, 2018 7pm 10pm
27th June, 2018 7pm 10pm
4th July, 2018 7pm 10pm
11th July, 2018 7pm 10pm
18th July, 2018 7pm 10pm
3 days starting in November
£231 (£196 concessions)
10 spaces remaining
Led by: Helen Ashton
date from to
14th November, 2018 10am 4:30pm
21st November, 2018 10am 4:30pm
28th November, 2018 10am 4:30pm