Photo Etching on Zinc

1 day course
4 September 2024
10am to 4pm

£125 including 1 x etching plate 15x15cm

Photo Etching on Zinc

On this new etching course, you will learn how to transfer a positive photographic, digitally created or hand drawn image from a transparency on to a metal plate. You will prepare your plate by applying a photopolymer film, that is then exposed to light to capture your image in its superstructure. The plate will then be developed and etched in copper sulphate to create a negative composition, which can be inked and printed in the traditional intaglio manner.

On this course you will create a 15x15cm sized etching and print it successfully on an etching press. By the end of the course, you will have created a small variable edition of prints to take home.

Course structure
• Explanation of the technique with examples.
• Explore the basic principles and history of photo etching
• Learn how to prepare your plate, apply the photopolymer emulsion, process your plate, and inking techniques.
• Create an 15x15 cm (approx.) image on a zinc plate from a photographic, digitally composed or hand drawn transparency.
• Use a copper sulphate mordant to etch a zinc metal plate.
• Correct preparation of paper.
• Ink, wipe and print your plate in the intaglio manner using the etching presses.

Pre-course information
Any image preparation notes will be sent prior to the course date.
Images should ideally be of high definition and be sized to fit exactly or slightly overlap the edges of the 15x15 square plate.
Transparencies may be printed from either inkjet or laser printers.

Experience level
Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills.

Maximum 5 places


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Payment / Terms and Conditions

For all courses except CPSC Certificate course

Full payment of the course fee is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until full payment has been received.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date.

For CPSC Certificate course

Payment for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this payment has been received. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due at the end of the previous term. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due before the first day of each term.

If for any reason prior to the commencement of the course you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date. Once you start the course on Term 1 you have committed to all 3 terms. Course transfers are at the discretion of Curwen Print Study Centre.

There is an option to book your place for £100 deposit. If you choose this option your place is secured. The balance of term 1 will be due 20 working days before the start of the course. If you cancel more than 20 working days before the course start date, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee. If your place is not cancelled during this timescale, and the balance is not paid then the deposit is non refundable. All other Terms & Conditions remain the same.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.