When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Robert White
  • Course Code W22PTGE02C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Try this printmaking course for a short introduction to etching techniques including hard and soft ground. The techniques will allow you to explore different ways of achieving line, drawing and texture. The course provides an excellent opportunity to explore printmaking if you have not done any printing before or you can join to continue personal work in etching. There will be still life items to draw from to include plants and vegetables.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore how to make an etching using hard and soft grounds
  • build on printmaking skills, develop personal visual language and critical decision making skills
  • participate and engage with your peer group in order to progress in your work
  • build technical knowledge, and professional expertise in the safe use of printmaking equipment and the print workshop
  • look at artists work to support and enrich your own work


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    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. 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.

    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 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. Protective clothing for printmaking is provided, or you can bring your own apron and rubber gloves. The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, cleaning materials, solvents etc) but you will have to pay for paper, etching plates/ lino blocks 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

    You will benefit from continuing on this course for one year in order to build your printmaking skills and continue to develop ideas. Students who enrol for all 3 terms will have the opportunity to exhibit work together at the end of Term 3.