Metal Plate Etching Workshop
TWO DAY WORKSHOP
Sat-Sun 9-10 October – FULL
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9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm
(ALL materials included)
The workshop fee is a combination of:
New Students – $290 pp ; or
Returning Students – $270 pp
plus MATERIALS FEE
All students – $60 pp
*Pensioners and Carers book as a Returning Student
The Studio, North Maleny
Minimum 4 people
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 aluminium plates – a safer and more accessible 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 that are not available when etching traditional zinc and copper plates. We will explore several of these approaches on day one (1). By drawing and/or using different materials on hand, you will be able to create your own image, in your own style, and print.
Day two (2) will see us adding tone to your images, exploring the process and taking your plates further and printing a small edition.
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.
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 two aluminium plates, 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. We’ll be etching and printing both plates so you can see clearly how your etched marks print.
Day 1 will focus on experimental mark making and drawing an image on your plate, and proofing your plates.
Day 2 will focus on toning one or both plates and printing a small edition.
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;
– two aluminium plates for etching
– 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 coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea
Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.
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.
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, it is a huge privilege to visit you in your gorgeous studio and learn from you. I have been fortunate to have enjoyed several sessions with you now... and I have loved every single one of them. It has been wonderful learning new skills and approaches as well as meeting lovely like-minded folks who are also enthusiastic to learn. It feels like 'coming home' to arrive at your studio all ready to be enthralled and launched into a new skill/direction. What did I like about this workshop? - fabulous instructor (generous, enthusiastic, authentic, well-informed, pragmatic, and supportive... with frequent reminders of strategies to ensure physical and psychological well being) - welcoming spacious and totally inspiring studio space in great setting - small group of like-minded folks who were enthusiastic to learn/share, - fellow students a wonderful mix of experienced and emerging artists as well as folks who are just really interested in art and making... and all are made to feel welcomed and valued - fabulous notes (fulsome information re. process, where to acquire etching materials, and where to find examples of work created by practising artists) - great pace and length of teaching/working sessions - awesome tasty and healthy treats - quotations wall in toilet
I love how you break down what initially seems like a complex process into very clear and simple steps so that it becomes very achievable. I also love that with my baby press, and some simple supplies I can explore the world of etching - which I always thought would be too hard. I feel so confident using my press now - and really appreciate that you will help us source smaller quantities of materials so we can experiment further without a huge investment of money. It's great to share the creativity of the other students in each group = learning about their art journey and finding out out what inspires them and ignites their passions. Viva la print making!
Kim’s enthusiasm, skill and care is evident all throughout the workshop. A gift.
Kim’s classes are fun and very educational. I learned a lot and was inspired by my fellow classmates ideas and work. The workshop has a lovely easygoing vibe that makes for a creative day.
I liked how easy it was to complete the tasks and to come home with something that I had made myself and the fact that I will be able to play at home use a non toxic method.
The thrill of learning a new process and of course the way it was taught. Very easy to follow and so accessible to guide and answer questions. The workshop was amazing. Kim is a wonderful teacher and covered so much in just one day. I highly recommend this great experience.
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!