Intaglio Course


A two day workshop introducing you to hard and soft ground etching techniques. You will be shown examples of different prints and given in-depth demonstrations to help you design and experiment with your own A5 copper plate. The tutors will guide you through each stage of the processes including the safe use of tools and equipment.  You will then be shown how to print your plates using traditional printmaking methods and materials, after which you will have time to produce your own small edition of prints.


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Etching involves coating a metal plate with a resist/ground which is then drawn through using a sharp tool (hard ground) or impressed with different textures (soft ground). Once the plate is prepared with your design it is then etched in ferric chloride. This 'indirect' method causes any exposed copper to be etched away, leaving grooves below the surface of the plate. After etching, the ground is removed and the plate will be ready to print.

On Saturday morning you will be introduced to Print to the People and the facilities available. You will then be shown examples of intaglio plates and prints, along with a demonstration of how to transfer your design onto an A5 hard grounded plate.  You will then be shown how to etch your plate safely.  On Sunday morning you will be guided through the process of soft ground etching and will experiment with adding tone and texture to your A5 copper plate.  You may want to bring photos or drawings with you to work from, or if you are unsure we have a selection of books and a computer to help you find something!

After lunch, on both days, there will be a demonstration of the inking up process.  This involves dragging ink across the surface of the plate and then buffing it off again so that the ink is just left in the lines you have drawn.  This is where the term ‘intaglio’ comes from as it refers to the groove below the surface, where the ink is held.  The plate is then run through an etching press with dampened paper to produce a print.  Make sure you don’t wear your best clothes for this, as the inks used are oil-based and will stain, however aprons and gloves will be provided!

The course fee covers the cost of the preparation of materials, rental of the Print to the People facilities, tuition fees and the materials you will take away with you which includes the copper plate and prints.  After the course, if you would like to continue exploring this technique you first will need to become a member of Print to the People and have an induction, after which you can sign up for open access time and continue using the facilities.


Timings and Prices

 SATURDAY 27th & SUNDAY 28th JUNE 10am to 4.30pm

Price : £100 per person / Max 8 people


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Print To The People, 53-55 Pitt Street, Norwich, NR3 1DE


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Terms and information

Currently we are only able to take bookings through this online shop.

Please be aware that our building is unfortunately not fully accessible, we have two flights of stairs and our toilets are on the first floor. Please contact us before booking if you have mobility issues by emailing so we can endeavour to accommodate your needs.

There is some parking at Print To The People on weekends and evenings but we cannot guarantee a space. We ask that only those with mobility issues use our carpark for day time courses in the week.

All participants must be over 18 unless otherwise stated. No dogs or other pets allowed in the building.

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