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Introduction to Etching

Duration: One-day workshop
Dates: Sat 21 Sep 2024 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Print Studio

Learn the basics of etching aluminium in this one-day workshop. 

Explore a variety of processes and leave with a small edition of prints. This class is an intensive one-day workshop suitable for people who want try out the basic etching process using small plates. 

You will learn how to prepare a metal plate for etching by filing and polishing, then applying a wax hard ground to the surface for drawing onto. A copper sulphate solution is used to etch the designs on the plate. 

You will spend time learning how to prepare the paper and ink up the plate to produce a small edition of prints using different colours of ink and Chine Colle.

Print Studio Terms & Conditions

Please ensure you've read the Print Studio Terms & Conditions before you book.
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Need to know

  • What to bring

All materials will be provided but please bring along sketchbooks, drawings or any images that you would like to use as reference/inspiration. If you’re not confident about drawing, then you can trace from a photograph. We can scan, photocopy or print out images for you.

  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed in our Print Studio.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Photo of Claire McVinnie taking a print off of a press in DCA Print Studio

Claire McVinnie

Claire McVinnie is a Dundee based artist/printmaker specialising in etching, screen printing, collagraph and relief print processes. As well as working as a freelance artist, Claire is employed as a Print Studio Coordinator in DCA.
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