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Embracing Chance: Experimental Etching


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th April 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Sue Baker Kenton

This course is about building confidence as you become more fluent in the language of etching. There will be a focus on aquatint techniques, alternative resists, playful experimentation and the freedom of working with the processes and materials in an instinctive way. Using zinc plates you will have the opportunity to explore; soap ground/ sandpaper tones/ traditional & spray aquatints / pressed textures/burnishing/ step bite/ spit bite/ alternative resists / stencils / multi plate printing. This course is perfect for those with some prior etching experience.

Course Structure



Presentation and discussion of techniques using examples, artist research and participants work.

Demo’s and recap: How prepare your plate

Hard ground, aquatint

Soap ground and alternative techniques (marbling/spit bite/burnishing)

Individual work supported by tutor

Recap - Paper: Types / tearing/ damping

 Proofing plates



Recap demo: Prepare plates

1:1’s & individual work

Continue on test plates alongside individual personal project

Individual project work

 Recap demo: Registration  plates

 Proofing using multiples to develop your images



Review & planning


Individual project work


Group  activity working on individual projects

Multi plate printing

Monotype, Chine colle, Viscosity

Final prints are pulled

When thinking about your aims for the course it’s a very good idea to set a few parameters for yourself. This containment will mean that you are free to explore techniques or ideas in more depth and more freely. For example,  perhaps pick two or three processes that sit together well and get to know them well. You may wish to bring a current project to work on but this is not compulsory.

At the start of the course, we will discuss the practicalities, qualities, and vocabulary each material/ resist/process offers.

You will have an opportunity to consider these in relation to how you are happiest working. You will work in a self-directed way supported by the tutor as needed

 During practical activity you may well become involved in peer to peer exchange as you support and learn from each other in the completion of technical tasks.

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.

Sue is the specialist printmaking tutor for the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

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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.


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


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