Two Plate Colour Etching

Summer School
Sat 10 & Sun 11 August 2019 (11am – 3pm)
Optional third day (Mon 12th) for additional printing

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Learn how to plan, etch and print a two-plate etching using Acrylic Resist Etching during this two-three day Summer School.


What will you learn?

Etching is a means of engraving imagery and mark making into various kinds of metal plates with the purpose of printing the plates. In Western Europe, the process of etching began during the fourteenth century as a way of decorating metal (eg: armour or jewellery) and was not initially seen as a means for printing imagery.

At Green Door, we teach and facilitate Acrylic Resist Etching, using Copper, Zinc and Aluminium on which to etch our prints. Not only is this process safer, but is also considered more environmentally friendly than other traditional techniques. We have planned and adapted the studio around the use of Acrylic Resist Etching in mind, so as to comply with our ethos of being part of a safer and more environmentally sound setting in which to work. Using our processes, we have the facilities to produce etchings of the same quality as those of traditional processes, without the hazards to health or the environment associated with etching, whilst maintaining all the visual outcomes and effects that can be achieved with traditional etching.

Learn how to plan, etch and print your two-plate copper plate with line drawing and aquatint during this two-day course. Optional third day (at no extra cost) to continue printing your plates.


Topics covered:

  • A brief history of etching and its terminology
  • Paper types, tools and materials in intaglio printing
  • How to produce your own prints using the methods covered
  • How to sign and edition your prints

Book Your Place





Our regular rate is applicable if you are currently in full or part time employment.

Green Door Members

Members of Green Door Printmaking Studio receive 10% off all of our courses. Become a member of the studio today.

Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate (10% off)
Our concessionary rate is applicable if you are aged 60 years or older, aged 13 years or younger, and/or in receipt of any state benefits. Please note: undergraduate students are not eligible for our concessionary rate.

Student Rate (15% off)
Our student rate is applicable if you are aged 13+ years, and in full-time education or currently studying towards an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.


Course Tutor

For details about our course tutors, please click here.

Suitable for All

All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.

How to prepare

For details about what to prepare before for your course begins, please read through our How to Prepare page.


Join our Print Club

For just £25, join our Summer School Print Club and receive 10% off all summer school courses.

Print Club members will also receive one month's membership to our open access studio (normal session fees apply*).

* Standard rate: £4 per hour, plus any materials used during the session. Click here for full details about our membership benefits. Limited availability.

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