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Hard and Soft Ground Etching Day


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 25th August
10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tutor  Emma Gardner

A day learning etching onto zinc using traditional hard ground to create beautiful, line drawings.

You will extend this use of acid to 'bite' the plate by also learning soft ground etching where natural objects can be run through the press to create the mark which, when inked is a beautiful reproduction of that shape or texture.

A great start to your etching journey.

About the Tutor

Emma joined LPW as a member and volunteer after graduating in 2012 with a degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University. In 2015 she was awarded Artist in Residence as part of the LPW Big Move project. Emma is currently a tutor at LPW and teaches a diverse range of printmaking techniques, which is reflected in her practice.

Ambiguous places, suggestive forms and isolation are all themes of exploration in her practice. Printmaking is a way of visualising and developing those ideas through process, subtly questioning ideas of space, concealment and transition, which evoke a sense of stillness and silence.

Alongside her practice Emma works as a Learning Deliverer and Gallery Assistant at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire, where she has an opportunity to pursue her passion for education outside the classroom.

Course Structure

  • Introduction to the printing process
  • Demonstration of tools and preparing the plate
  • Creating/transferring the artwork on to the plate
  • Printing demonstration and hands on practice
  • Self-directed work

Three Day Etching Course Offer

We have a limited number of spaces available to participants who want to book on to all three of our Bank Holiday Etching courses: Hard & Soft Ground Etching, Etching Using Sugar Lift & Copper Etching. All three courses can be booked together for £204, a saving of 15%. Book here


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.