Course Leader: Susan Vera Clarke and Ann Norfield

Etching: Beginner

Designed for beginners or those with some experience. During this course you will be given a hands-on introduction to etching on Copper. You will be shown how to make your own prints using a variety of techniques under the guidance of an experienced tutor. Etching is a medium with a long and varied history and can produce prints with great detail, richness and texture. The aim of this course is to give you an idea of the possibilities of the medium and a thorough introduction to working with hard and soft grounds (line, pattern and texture) as well as Aquatints (tones).

Description of requirements

On the first session students are asked to bring along some research and/or images to work from. These could be drawings, magazine clippings, books, photographs – anything that’ll inspire you.

What you will achieve by the end

You will leave with a small edition of hard and soft ground prints and the ability to come back and use the studio independently. You will be able to confidently apply hard and soft grounds, etch zinc to a variety of depths and print small editions. At the end of the course you should be able to print independently and be ready to attend Open Access at East London Printmakers. You will also be able to move on to an intermediate level course in the same technique.

Recent Review

Attended in May

“I absolutely loved the course – it was brilliantly run – every aspect was inspiring, informative and fun. I learned so much about the basics of etching and aquatint. Susan was a brilliant tutor – constantly helpful, patient, generous and inspiring. She is a wonderful teacher and a credit to East London Printmakers. I love the course and can’t wait to join Open Access or take further courses with ELP. THANK YOU SO MUCH!”

3 days in September


4th September   10 am – 4:30 pm
11th September   10 am – 4:30 pm
18th September   10 am – 4:30 pm

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5 evenings in September


4th September   7 pm – 10 pm
11th September   7 pm – 10 pm
18th September   7 pm – 10 pm
25th September   7 pm – 10 pm
2nd October   7 pm – 10 pm

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3 days in May


8th May   10 am – 4:30 pm
15th May   10 am – 4:30 pm
22nd May   10 am – 4:30 pm

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