Aluminium Plate Etching Workshop


Sat-Sun 14-15 October – Complete
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9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

New Students: $390
Returning Students: $360
ALL materials included
*Pensioners and Carers pay as a Returning Student

The Studio, North Maleny

Minimum 4 people
Maximum 6 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.

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


After attended this Etching workshop, you may be interested in a special Extension weekend where you can further develop the process. Scroll down or click here for more information.

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 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 a line-image on your plate, and proofing your plates.

Day 2 will focus on toning one or both plates and printing printing.

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

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.

NEW – Etching Workshop Extension Weekend

This Extension Weekend is ONLY available to people who have attended this Metal Plate Etching workshop. It is all about further developing the process beyond our initial weekend together. You can print your original plates, make new plates, experiment with your plates (old and new) and experiment with different inking styles and options, including adding some chine-collé to your prints.

We’ll have a quick refresher about the process to get started, then you have the whole weekend to etch and print plates, with me there to tutor, support and guide you as needed.

All materials are provided, but you can bring your own if you want to.
You bring your image ideas.

DATE  – Saturday-Sunday 24-25 June – FULL
DATE  – Sat-Sun 25-26 November – 1 spot available
COST – $360, all materials included
GROUP SIZE – minimum 4, maximum 5 people
WHAT TO BRING – lunch, image ideas, your etching plates and any special papers you want to work with

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

  • [What did you like about the workshop] The pace was great and excellent use of space to make it easy and accessible. Resources and extra reading useful. Loved the demonstrations and ability to ask you any questions and get help one-on-one if necessary. It gave me more food for thought and another process to include in my own art practice. Sometimes new ideas are waking me up at night!!!

    Erin, Sunshine Coast
    Erin, Sunshine Coast Metal Plate Etching
  • Highly recommend this course for anyone looking for an introduction to etching that’s low toxic, fun and really inspiring. After taking this course I can’t wait to start printing at home.

    Sharon, Ipswich
    Sharon, Ipswich Metal Plate Etching
  • Fantastic teacher ! So knowledgeable with a really good understanding of the process and its application to the finished result. [What did you like about the workshop] The amount of work achieved and the finished quality of that work.

    Jo, Coochiemudlo Island
    Jo, Coochiemudlo Island Metal Plate Etching
  • I loved the opportunity to explore ideas from the initial [Metal Plate etching] class. It’s a great idea and I look forward to future workshops. Such a pleasure to spend the weekend with a great group of people in Kim’s fabulous studio. Thank you for another great etching experience.

    Bernie, Eudlo
    Bernie, Eudlo Etching Extension Workshop Weekend
  • Kim provided the safest space to learn and then explore. She was incredibly generous with sharing her knowledge, her instruction was delivered clearly, with loads of energy and positivity. I completed the weekend with the confidence to continue exploring the technique at home. Thanks so much Kim for a great weekend, I'll be back!

    Bernie, Eudlo
    Bernie, Eudlo Metal Plate Etching
  • "I am a repeat attender" this is my second course with Kim Herringe and I feel great. I have the knowledge I need to create new and exciting artwork. I loved the etching course and I appreciate the contemporary approach able to repeat the process at home. I am filled with inspiration and would recommend Kim's courses.

    Rhonda, Sunshine Coast
    Rhonda, Sunshine Coast Metal Plate Etching
  • probably the best workshop I have ever been too (and I have been to a lot). Kim is welcoming and makes you feel relaxed from the start. extremely well organised, plenty of working space. great step by step notes. always receptive to questions. looking forward to my next workshop. and the morning tea was excellent. 

    Anon Metal Plate Etching
  • I have now completed 5 workshops/courses with Kim both face to face and online. As always it was fabulous! Information and resources are really well presented, Kim provides a great balance of instruction/guidance/ideas and freedom to explore your own ideas and to move in new directions

    Robyn, Witta
    Robyn, Witta Metal Plate Etching
  • Kim’s etching workshop was really well organized and resourced with access to quality materials and hardware. Small group ensured maximum information sharing and very positive outcomes.

    Sally, Woombye
    Sally, Woombye Metal Plate Etching
  • You run a well organised workshop, allowing us to work at our own pace but still giving appropriate attention to all students. Well organised. Felt very welcome. So willing to help Kim so thank you. In depth knowledge and willing to share.

    Jo, Coorparoo
    Jo, Coorparoo Metal Plate Etching
  • [What did you like about the workshop?] the hands-on-ness :). the people, the teacher :). the food! I really love the fact that beginners and 'experienced' artists can learn and share together - that's lovely

    Jane, Beerwah
    Jane, Beerwah Metal Plate Etching
  • Content was beautifully taught, lots of actual prints and plates to look at. You are very skilled in the techniques and also encouraging us to do our own thing and push us to experiment. Thank you so very much Kim.

    Julie, Brisbane
    Julie, Brisbane Metal Plate Etching
  • The professionalism of the organisation is impeccable both in the development of the workshop, the delivery and the physical space. Plus the generous sharing of decades of printing skills and knowledge. It was very appreciated the group number was low capped at 6. What a luxury.

    Beatrice, Sunshine Coast
    Beatrice, Sunshine Coast Metal Plate Etching
  • I always have a wonderful time in your workshops. You are super organised, enjoy that you share your work and other printing ideas, your wonderful books, and enjoying lunch together.

    Blanche, Caloundra
    Blanche, Caloundra Etching
  • 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

    Louise, Brighton Qld
    Louise, Brighton Qld Etching
  • 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!

    Katie, Curramore
    Katie, Curramore Etching
  • Kim’s enthusiasm, skill and care is evident all throughout the workshop. A gift.

    Viveka, Brisbane
    Viveka, Brisbane Metal Plate Etching
  • 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.

    Kristy, North Brisbane
    Kristy, North Brisbane Metal Plate Etching
  • 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.

    Stephanie, Sunshine Coast
    Stephanie, Sunshine Coast Metal Plate Etching Workshop
  • 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.

    Barbi, Sunshine Coast
    Barbi, Sunshine Coast Metal Plate Etching 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