Metal Plate Etching Workshop


Sat 26 Sept 2020 – FULL
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9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

New Students: $140 pp
Returning Students: $120 pp
Materials fee: $50 pp (all students)
Pensioners and Carers please contact me directly for pricing and bookings.


Maximum 5 people

In this workshop we explore the process of etching aluminium metal plates with copper sulphate. A copper sulphate, salt and water solution provides a low-toxic environment to etch our aluminium plates – a safer alternative to ferric and nitric acid solutions used for etching zinc and copper plates.

You will learn how to prepare your aluminium plates, achieve different marks and lines, apply your drawing to the plate, etch, then print, intaglio style, with an etching press.

There are many different approaches to this process, and we will explore a few of them on the day. By drawing and/or using different materials on hand, you will be able to create your own image, in your own style, and print a small edition on the day.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate, all ages over 16.

Scroll down, or click here, to read what past students have said about this workshop.

Learning Outcome

We will cover aluminium plate preparation and various ‘ground’ options to cover the plate, in preparation for our mark making and/or image.

We’ll look at different ways to apply line, tone and texture to the plate, then we will print our plate onto quality printmaking papers using an etching press.

You will work with one to two aluminium plates (time permitting), giving you scope to explore different line and mark making techniques. One (or both plates) can be used for mark making experimentation, and the 2nd plate to hold your drawn image that we will etch. We’ll be printing both plates so you can see clearly how your etched marks print.

You will leave with your etched aluminium plates, a series of prints from your plates, and handouts with information to help you keep your new-found skills going.

This workshop will give you an introduction to metal plate etching with aluminium plates and the intaglio printmaking process.


All necessary materials for this workshop are covered in your Materials Fee, including;

– aluminium etching plates
– grounds and other materials to prepare your plate for etching
– inks and other studio materials and resources to print your etched plates
– quality printmaking papers to print your etchings
– tea and plunger coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

Not Included

Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.

What to Bring

IMAGE IDEAS. If you have something specific you want to print, bring your ideas along – drawings, photos, image reference. I will have plenty of reference images and ideas on hand, but you will be drawing your own image on to the prepared metal plate, ready for etching then printing.

LUNCH. You can pop into town to buy lunch, but it is a few minutes drive and parking can be difficult (Maleny is a popular weekend destination). Therefore I recommend you bring your lunch and maximise the time you have printing and learning in the studio.

Please also bring a studio apron and journal or notebook for taking notes during the workshop.


Participants are advised to wear closed in shoes, and suitable clothing or apron that you do not mind getting dirty or stained.

We will be handling dry copper sulphate on the day, and gloves will be available for when removing the aluminium plates from the etching bath. It is expected that you will follow safety instruction and take care when working with chemicals.

The dry chemical we use is copper sulphate – just like what you buy from the hardware store for your garden.


To book your place in this workshop, please complete the booking form to the right.

Full payment is required to secure your booking. Payment can be made via PayPal or direct deposit.

If you cancel your workshop booking you may incur fees. Please read my cancellation policy here.

If a workshop does not reach the minimum numbers required, it may have to be cancelled. If this happens you will receive a full refund or an option to reschedule.

Once your booking form and payment has been received I will contact you to confirm you place and advise any special instructions.

About Dates and other options

If the dates noted above don’t suit you, or you would like private tuition or to arrange a private group workshop, please contact me to enquire about other date options that better suit you.

You can also sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date about upcoming workshops dates and opportunities, plus tips, hints and ideas for your own printmaking practice. I will also include information about other local artist workshops in the Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland area.

Read what past students have said about this workshop

  • Kim’s workshops are so enjoyable - everything is well organised and professional from the pre workshop information and communication to arrangements on the day in the studio. Quality materials are provided in a delightful and inspiring workspace. Kim is generous with her knowledge and experience and she encourages experimentation and exploration of technique. Her workshops are fun but you will learn!

    Caroline, Bribie Island
    Caroline, Bribie Island Metal Plate Etching Workshop