Etching for Beginners

Etching for Beginners
Tutor: Siobhan Cox
5 Wed Evenings & 1 Sat, €285 (incl. materials)
Wednesdays 22 Sept – 20 Oct & Sat 23 Oct 2021
Wed 6:30 – 9:30 & Sat 10am – 5pm
Maximum number of Participants: 5

Suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience who would like to refresh their knowledge and improve their basic skills. Etching techniques including drypoint, etching using soft and hard ground and aquatint will be covered. Students will experiment with both aluminium and copper. Editioning and experimenting with colour and different types of paper (chine colle) will also be included.
What is Etching?

Etching is the process of using strong acidto cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio(image is created by cutting, carving or engraving into a flat surface) in the metal. As an intaglio method of printmaking it is, along with engraving, the most important technique for old master prints, and remains widely used today.In pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground, which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needlewhere he/she wants a line to appear in the finished piece, so exposing the bare metal.The plate is then dipped in a bath of acid.The acid “bites” into the metal, where it is exposed, leaving behind lines sunk into the plate. The remaining ground is then cleaned off theplate. The plate is inked all over, and then the ink wiped off the surface, leaving only the ink in the etched lines.The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing presstogether with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it).The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print. The process can be repeated many times; typically several hundred impressions could be printed before the plate shows much sign of wear. The work on the plate can also be added to by repeating the whole process; this creates an etching, which exists in more than one state.Etching has often been combined with other intagliotechniques such as engravingor aquatint.

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Black Church Print Studio
4 Temple Bar
Dublin 2
D02 YK53
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