Summer School // The Etching Week

In this intensive one week course students will study the main intaglio methods of etching, aquatint, sugar lift and dry point. Working on metal is inspiring and its technical complexity stimulates our imagination with greater flexibility. The process broadens the expressive scope of the drawing language and in the dialog between a quick sketch and the etched metal plate, we can rediscover the subject with renewed depth. We will explore the dynamic sensitivities of the intaglio marks; from fine, accurate and subtle, to an extremely intense and irregular, and we will encourage their distinct characteristics to increase the visual impact of the composition. Students will also experiment with colours and layers, combining etching with monoprint, surface roll-ups, and chine colle, to create more spontaneous, painterly interpretations. Etching has influenced many artists towards stronger realisation of their ideas and we will be looking at range of references to understand how they approached, and resolved various pictorial challenges such as contrast, space and rhythm. 

In order to follow the guidelines on social distancing we will be working in two studios. Personal working areas will be set up in a large studio with natural light, that will be equipped for preparation of plates and for making initial proofs. We will print the developed stages of the plates and the multi-layered techniques on a large press in the School’s print room. Technical assistance will be provided in both studios, to ensure that the needs of the students are addressed in each stage of the process. Working in specific areas with different methods, will allow more focus on personal projects as well as encourage a variety of spontaneous experiments. This course is suitable to all levels of experience and beginners are welcome.

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Summer School courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.