When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Robert White
  • Course Code W22PTGF06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This year long etching course is suitable for printmaking students of all levels.

Each half term will focus on a different etching technique, leading to a personal project in the final term.

The first half term will get you working and thinking about imagery through some fun and under used techniques, including drypoint and carborundum, two plate printing and multiple colour inking.

After that you will be lead through some basic etching techniques, including hard ground, soft ground and aquatint.

In the second term you will focus on advanced etching techniques including sugar lift, chine colle, spit bite and photo polymer. In this term you will have a 30 minute tutorial to discuss your work and to plan for the final term.

The last term will give you the chance to work on a project to make a set of prints, using all or some of the techniques learnt in the first part of the course. You will be encouraged and helped to develop your own themes and ideas.

This class is ideal if you want to develop a portfolio of work that you could exhibit or use for applying to further education.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explore how to make prints using drypoint, carborundum, Chine colle and other etching techniques
  • build on etching skills, develop personal visual language and critical decision making skills
  • participate and engage with your peer group in group crit, projects, demonstrations and discussions in order to progress in your work
  • build technical knowledge, and professional expertise in the safe use of printmaking equipment and the print workshop
  • explore artists etchings and etching technique through study and research to support and enrich your own work
  • learn how to control ink and use printing techniques to produce gallery ready prints


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course is led by artist printmaker Rob White, visiting tutors may teach different techniques, and lead tutorial or discussion.

    Teaching will include projects, demonstration, group critique, peer review.

    You will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to support the development of ideas and to record technical information.

    Tutorial will happen in group work and one-to-one. There may be external visits and visiting tutors.

    Personal time to explore and develop your own work.

    Entry requirements

    This class is open to all students. An interest in drawing and exploration will be useful. You should be up for joining in group work, crits and projects and want to engage in a process of research and reflection in order to develop your work as an artist and printmaker as well as possible.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Health and safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary.

    You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow health and safety procedures as advised.

    Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivities and they will advise you as to necessary precautions

    Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling.

    What you need

    Please bring to the first class: pencils, pens, and a sketchbook. Please bring an apron.

    The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, cleaning materials, solvents etc) but you will have to pay for paper, etching plates etc. These are available to buy in the department at cost price.

    Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.

    What you can do next

    After this course you can go on to do other exciting printmaking courses at Morley College focusing on other printmaking techniques.

    You will also have built a portfolio good enough to go on to study at an accredited level.