Solar Plate Etching

Weekend Course


Solar plate etching is a prepared light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backed plate used to produce fine photographic reproductions with great detail. Learn how to prepare your artwork, expose and print from your solar plate in this two-day course.

What will you learn?

Photographic Etching is a process in which a positive image is transferred on to a prepared, metal plate and etched into the superstructure, thereby creating a negative composition on the plate, which can then be inked, wiped and printed in the traditional way. After the desired number of prints have been made, the metal plate can then be re-used to create new prints, if needed.

This technique is another version of photographic etching, in which a prepared solar plate is exposed to U.V. light through specially prepared digital imagery, and developed in water.


Topics covered:

  • A brief history of photographic 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


Available Date(s)

Sat 22 & Sun 23 June 2019
4 places available

Sat 21 & Sun 22 September 2019
4 places available


11am - 3pm
8 hours (over two days)

Course Tutor

Anna Johnson

Suitable for Beginners


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

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


Regular (£180)

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

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Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate £165
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 £155
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.

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