Introduction to Drypoint & Etching

Ref: C3674602

This session will provide you with an introduction to the techniques of drypoint etching and etching on metal using non toxic chemicals. The course will introduce the basic skills and methods of how to prepare and etch a drypoint plate and metal plate and print onto paper using an etching press. As well as learning these kills you will also explore the connection between art and etching to develop and inspire your own creative outcomes.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to and opportunities to develop the skills and techniques of drypoint etching and non toxic etching on metal. This will lead to the creation of a series of hand printed artworks.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use and understand the basic techniques of drypoint etching and etching on metal
  • Use etching materials and equipment under supervision
  • Be able to complete practical assignments by producin a series of hand printed images using a drypoint or metal etching technique
  • Understand a variety of different techniques that can be applied to the two forms of etching
  • Demonstrate confidence in own ability to produce printed works under supervision

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • An apron or wear old clothes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Introduction to Drypoint & Etching


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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