Intro to: Etching


Intro to: Etching

Weekend course
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019
10am – 4pm

5 in stock


Intro to: Etching

If you have a passion for drawing and enjoy exploring the qualities of line, tone and composition then understanding the beautiful intaglio process of etching is for you!

This hands-on course will introduce you to the fundamentals of etching, using zinc plates with copper sulphate solution (a less toxic alternative to traditional nitric acid). Over the duration of the weekend you will have the opportunity to work on several individual pieces and will develop a range of prints to take away with you. You will learn how to use hard and soft ground techniques alongside aquatint, enabling you to create a wide variety of marks and effects and helping to add depth to your imagery. Hard ground produces crisp, clean lines, while soft ground can create softer, textured, crayon-like lines and impressions, and aquatint is way of creating tone. All of these techniques can be used in conjunction to create etching plates.

You will also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques. This is a great course for beginners and those who need a refresher, and can act as a lead-in to membership of WYPW so that you can continue to use and develop the techniques you have learned.

The video below will give you an idea of how the process works:

Experience level

No previous experience is needed for this course. Beginners are welcome, along with those who need a refresher. It is also great as a follow-on course for those who have attended one of our Etching Taster Sessions.

Your tutor

Kate Desforges is an artist, printmaker and educator based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, working with drawing, printmaking and collage to create limited edition original prints and artist books. Kate’s work is rooted in a fascination with her surroundings, and is often the result of an unspoken dialogue with a particular place – real or imaginary. Presence, memory, temporality, and finding the sublime in the ordinary are ideas which repeatedly arise. Corners, shadows, architecture, landscapes, and moments of stillness are a constant source of inspiration. She uses printmaking and collage as mediums to form, distill and abstract, keeping experimentation and the physical act of making at the core of my practice. Kate is also the studio coordinator and technician at WYPW.

What’s included?

All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.

What’s next?

After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! Find out more about membership here:

Small print

Cancellations and refunds

If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).

We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.

We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.


If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.

Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.

Cancellation by WYPW

West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.



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