Mrs Grimbledeston Indoors, Etching with Hard & Soft Ground, Sarah Gillett

Sunday 10 April 2016, 11- 4pm

Cost: £48. Materials extra.

The second of a series of Taster Sundays exploring etching. Soft ground is a traditional etching technique in which a softer wax coating is applied to the metal etching plate, which you then draw into, revealing the metal beneath. This is then etched in an acid mixture, which bites lines and marks into the plate. Soft ground is traditionally used to achieve a soft, pencil-like line, or to add textures to the image.

On this one day course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print the soft ground. You will then have time to add subsequent layers, to experiment with ways of introducing texture and tone into the plate and image.

This day course can be taken on it's own, but if you have done the first Hard Ground Taster, you can continue to develop your work in etching to achieve a more complex image. If you go on to do subsequent etching Taster Classes, will give you a good grounding in a range of etching techniques, and the opportunity to really develop your work.