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Etching & Photo Etching - Friday Morning Intermediate/Advanced

Course Description

The artist, Rembrandt had just three techniques for printmaking: dry point; hard ground and soft ground. We now have around 20 techniques which can be used in combination. These include lift grounds, photo etching and transfers. This course focuses on individual support and development; to present possibilities, to progress your plans and your personal and professional objectives.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This is a course for those with 3 years or more of printmaking experience. Basic materials provided including an A5 plate to learn techniques. You can buy additional materials at cost price including plates, tools and specialist papers. These are paid for during your course via our internal payment system. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact before enrolling to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this. Please note we do use solvents in this studio, and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is provided.

Course Content

The course will include a brief introduction to the historical context of etching and drawing by looking at examples from Rembrandt to Goya and contemporary artists. You will have the opportunity to develop your drawings directly from a life model over 2 of the 5 weeks, for 2 hours at a time. The printmaking techniques covered in this course: hard and soft ground etching aquatint oil lift - (painting directly onto a metal plate); photocopy of drawings transfer onto a metal plate photo-etching; colour printing zinc etching; steel etching relief printin; mono-Printing. The studio is fully equipped with 2 large Rochat printing presses. Materials will be supplied including inks. There will be additional cost for etching plates and specialist printing paper.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A range of printmaking processes will be demonstrated, and you will learn by applying these different techniques to produce your own unique individual prints. There will be opportunities for you to use basic press processes and develop your skills through group and individual 1-2-1 guidance, practice and discussion. Resources, such as handouts will be used within each lesson and are available electronically. There is no formal homework. However, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, films or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a pathway into higher education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572