1 Year Etching
24 Sept 2019 to 7 July 2020
1:30 – 4:30pm
Led by Martyn Grimmer and guest tutors
This brand new course is designed from the bottom up for beginners, improvers, and professional artists requiring a thorough grounding in all aspects of the medium of etching and intaglio. Intaglio simply means the family of techniques that utlise a line cut into a plate/matrix, usually aluminum, zinc, copper, or steel.
You will be given concise introductions and practical guidance through a differing range of possibilities that etching offers, starting off with the most basic techniques and advancing to the most sophisticated. These will initially begin with mono and dry point prints, to enable you to get used to basic mark making skills, and will also look at inking, plate handling and using the press to achieve the desired results in a professional manner.
The course will be structured with a strong foundation of all the above methods, moving on to etching copper plates in acid, using various forms of line, tone using aquatint, and colour, so that you begin to establish your own visual language. Further to this, there will be the opportunity to work with photographic images, and to etch these into plates as well as utilise cutting edge techniques of photogravure
Guest tutors will be invited to participate in aspects where they excel, so that you can fully realize personalized methods and ideas of working within your own favoured aspects of this medium.