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Intermediate to Advanced Etching (short course)

Why study this course?

Following on from London Met's Introduction to Etching short course, this intermediate to advanced level course is designed to help you further pursue and develop your printmaking practice with one-to-one tutor support.


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While exploring of photographic and painterly techniques of rendering imagery to the plate, you'll extend your technical know-how and expand your understanding and critical appreciation of the possibilities available to you in etching.

The course aims to:

  • reinforce, develop, supplement and hone your skills in etching
  • explore painterly, autographic, and photographic techniques of plate making
  • develop technical competence and a creative approach to etching techniques and materials
  • engender a critical awareness of your own work and that of peers
  • improve your awareness of relevant health and safety considerations and good working practice

Course content:

  • historical survey of prints and strategies towards practice
  • exploring and combining negative and positive ways of image making both photographically and graphically by hand
  • painterly and autographic mark-making methods and techniques in plate making such as sugar lift and carborundum
  • photographic methods and techniques in plate making including photo image transfer and photo etching, colour separations and making positives both digitally and by hand
  • preparing (photosensitising) the plate, exposing positives to the plate, developing the photographic image to the plate and etching and printing the plate(s)
  • editioning and archiving prints

By the end of the course, you will:

  • have extended, explored and refined your technical ability, skills and creative thinking in etching and in your consideration of imagery and ideas
  • accomplish a critical awareness of your own practice
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of all relevant health and safety considerations

This course is taught by Damian Grist

This course is suitable for those who have already attended the Introduction to Etching short course or who already have intermediate printmaking knowledge.

Course dates Not currently available 
Length Two weeks
Day and time Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours  50

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fees include the cost of materials, but you may wish to purchase additional paper and plates.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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