Photopolymer Etching

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

Course Leader - Helen Ashton

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

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! ”

3 days starting in February
£231 (£196 concessions)
8 spaces remaining
Led by: Helen Ashton
date from to
27th February, 2019 10am 4:30pm
6th March, 2019 10am 4:30pm
13th March, 2019 10am 4:30pm
5 evenings starting in June
£200 (£170 concessions)
8 spaces remaining
Led by: Helen Ashton
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19th June, 2019 7pm 10pm
26th June, 2019 7pm 10pm
3rd July, 2019 7pm 10pm
10th July, 2019 7pm 10pm
17th July, 2019 7pm 10pm
3 days starting in November
£231 (£196 concessions)
8 spaces remaining
Led by: Helen Ashton
date from to
27th November, 2019 10am 4:30pm
4th December, 2019 10am 4:30pm
11th December, 2019 10am 4:30pm