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190504|4th - 5th May|Photo Etching Weekend

Photo Etching Weekend

Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th May
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Emma Gardner

A weekend spent learning how to transform your hand drawn or photographic images into etched plates. Hydroplate is a zinc etching plate pre-coated with photo-sensitive emulsion. It can capture very fine detail and can be used in combination with traditional etching techniques.

Course Structure


  • Introduction to the LPW and course
  • What is a photo-etching? Principles of process and examples
  • Preparing images and plates
  • Exposing the images onto the plates and developing
  • Applying an aquatint
  • Biting the plate in an acid bath
  • Printing demonstration


  • What is a halftone? Step by step guide
  • Self-directed printing
  • Self-directed printing and experimenting with colour
  • Clean up and evaluation completion

About the Tutor

Emma Gardner 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.


    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.