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Copper Etching Day


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Monday 27th August
10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tutor  Sue Baker Kenton

Etching is an intaglio printmaking process which uses resists and mordants to etch (cut) lines onto metal printing plates.

The plates and mordants vary and all bring different qualities to the process of etching. Copper has been widely used since the 1600s starting with the early explorations into the process by Rembrandt and Hercules Seghers.

This one day session, that explores some of copper's unique qualities, adds another string to the bow of experienced etchers and is a great refresher or introduction for those beginning to work with etching.

About the Tutor

Sue Baker Kenton is a visual artist whose work is rooted in observational drawing. Her images evolve over time in a considered and reflective way, echoed by the processes in which they are rendered: primarily etching and lithography.

Last year she completed residencies in France and Art Print Residence in Barcelona. In 2018 she will revisit both residencies to develop work for two exhibitions in Reims in 2019. Important collections include the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Print Collection.

Sue is the specialist printmaking tutor for the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and printmaking co-ordinator at City Lit.

She is currently in her second year as an etching fellow at the Royal Academy Schools.  

Course Structure


  • An introduction into the studio, H&S and the day.
  • Examples of copper plates, hard ground tools and materials
  • Demo +  prepare your plate
  • Demo + ground your plate
  • Individual work - supported by tutor 1:1’s as needed
  • Drawing your plate
  • Demo + Biting your plate
  • Demo + Proofing your plate


  • Demo: aquatint techniques & biting plates
  • Continue working on plates and monotype proofs
  • Proofing your plates in colour
  • Tidying studio
  • Informal review of prints and feedback

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.