Etching Techniques in a Nutshell

    This one-day etching class in Brixton is perfect for beginners and is a great technique for creating beautiful artworks using lines and tones.

    Printing workshop

    4 hour workshop

    Beginners welcome

    Shakespeare BUS Centre, SW9

    What you'll learn

    This one-day etching class in Brixton is perfect for beginners and is a great technique for creating beautiful artworks using lines and tones.

    In this class

    During this workshop, you will explore the many ways to create an image using a variety of grounds, aquatint, and prepping plates. You will be introduced to traditionally polished copper (as well as zinc and steel) to make your etchings from.

    Your tutor will be on hand to introduce you to a variety of grounds and methods for creating tone in your images. A printing press is needed for this technique as the marks incised on the surface of the metal plate are only revealed in all their glory due to the pressure the press exerts.

    This course is perfect for anyone who loves scribbling, painting and drawing outside of the lines.

    Now you can

    • Fix lines using grounds and etching mordants
    • Use a printing press, hot plates and a huge array of etching tools.
    • Express your drawing and painting skills in a new medium


    We will send you home with the prints you have made during the course.

    Did you know?

    Did you know etching wasn't originally a technique for the art world. The chemical method was first developed in the Middle Ages by Arabic armouries as a means of applying decoration to weapons - not quite what you had in mind!

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    Class location

    Shakespeare BUS Centre, Brixton

    245a Coldharbour Lane

    SW9 8RR


    About your host, Artichoke Printmaking

    A professional, thriving printmaking workshop based in the heart of Brixton in south London.

    Artichoke Printmaking has over 24 years of expertise, passion and commitment for art - working with established artists, emerging students and those who just love making art. Our diverse range of innovative and inspiring artists work alongside our students in an exciting teaching environment. Work groups are small and friendly in size and focus on hands-on making, professional guidance and the friendly fun needed to stimulate the soul and make being creative a flourishing state of being and doing.

    Whether it is the first time or you are revisiting an old hobby or interest our workshops will teach you what you need to know – from the basics to fine-tuned specialist details. All we ask you to bring is enthusiasm and a smile :)

    Artichoke Printmaking can teach anything from lino printing to etching and from stone lithography to creative drypoint. The workshops are varied in duration and price so we have something for everyone!

    Find us:

    • We are a stones throw away from Loughborough Junction station or a short walk from Brixton underground.

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.