Ideal for photographs or hand-drawn images; this specialist course offers hands on experience of etching images into steel plates prepared with specialist photo-etch emulsion. Photo–etch emulsion offers an alternative to the photo-tech film often used by print-makers and is a wonderful way of creating plates quickly, however a good understanding of the etching process will be of benefit.
On the course you will learn: To select appropriate images to use in the process. Prepare steel plates. Apply the emulsion. Expose and develop the plates. Etch with Copper Sulphate solution, strip the plate and finally print your image.
Your tutor : Clare Phelan
Clare Phelan is an artist/print-maker who works directly with the ancestors of our computer age. In the making of her distinctive abstract prints, she uses found objects of nineteenth and twentieth century coding technology, including textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. Narratives around Man and Machine inform her practice.
Winner of the Scott Creative Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2019, Clare was also shortlisted for the London Contemporary Art Prize 2019 and the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2017. She lives and works in the post industrial heartland of West Yorkshire, which provides constant inspiration for her work
Intermediate level – perfect for those wishing to explore the creative possibilities of this process – a working knowledge of the etching process would be really useful.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here.
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.