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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Robert White
  • Course Code W21PTGF06A

What you will learn

This year long etching course is suitable for students of all levels. Each half term will focus on a different specialist technique within etching leading to a project in the final two half terms. The first half term will get you working and thinking about imagery through some fun and under used techniques, Drypoint, Carborundum, two plate printing and multiple colour inking. The second half term you will be lead through some on the basic etching techniques, such as hard and soft ground etching plus aquatint. In the third half term the group will focus on advanced etching techniques including sugar lift, chine collie, spit bite and photo polymer. In this term all students will have a 30 mins tutorial to discuss their work and plans for the forth and fifth half terms. The final full 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 three half terms. The tutors will suggest a theme for the first three half terms although you will be encouraged and helped to develop your own. This class is designed to allow you to develop a portfolio of work that you could exhibit or use for applying to further education.

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 for tutorial or discussion. Teaching will include projects, demonstration, group crit, 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 & 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 H&S 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. Covid-Safe The studios have been adapted to be Covid-safe. Student numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 learners across two studios. You will be expected to comply with the 2-metre distancing guidance. Please bring and wear a face protector, your own apron and a personal hand towel, both to take home and wash between sessions, rubber gloves for cleaning and thin nitrile or latex gloves for inking/ working. You will be asked to wash your hands on arrival and before and after using any shared equipment. Please bring and use your own tools, drawing equipment etc. Some basic tool packs will be available to purchase. Work stations will be sanitised in-between classes, you will be required to sanitise your stool, desk, inking slabs and any other equipment you have used and to help make sure the studio shared spaces have been cleaned at the end of the class using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided.

    What you need

    Please bring to the first class: pencils, pens, and a sketchbook. Please bring and wear a face protector, your own apron and a personal hand towel, both to take home and wash between sessions, rubber gloves for cleaning and thin nitrile or latex gloves for inking/ working. 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 focussing on other printmaking techniques. You can also do other etching courses at Morley. You will also have built a portfolio good enough to go on to study at an accredited level.