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Photo Etching Weekend


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Serena Smith 

Coronavirus Update: This course will be running with reduced numbers and new social distancing, hygiene and safety measures in place [as of 6th May].

"Great course - seems like new ground. Very excited about possibilities for my work. Lovely atmosphere - great facilities - appreciated great tutors experimental approach." September 2019

A weekend course to learn how to transform your hand drawn or photographic images into etchings.  Hydroplate is a zinc etching plate pre-coated with photo-sensitive emulsion, which can capture the very fine detail of photographic images.  It can also be used in combination with other traditional etching techniques to produce beautiful prints.

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 is an artist, printmaker and educator. She creates original artwork using collage, photography and printmaking processes. 

Emma’s practice is shaped by her response to places, questioning ideas of space, concealment and transition through printmaking. Her works often evoke a sense of stillness and silence within ambiguous spaces.

Emma studied Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester. After graduating in 2012 she joined Leicester Print workshop to help facilitate her practice and was awarded Artist in Residence in 2015. Emma currently teaches a diverse range of printing techniques at LPW. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has a wealth of experience working on creative projects with community groups, schools, museums and galleries. Alongside her practice Emma works as a Learning Officer at Compton Verney Art gallery and Park, where she pursues her passion for learning outside the classroom.

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    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.