Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

Sunday 7 April, 2019, 11- 4pm

Cost: £75. Materials included (one A5 etching plate, paper and inks).

Find out about traditional etching techniques by exploring hard and soft ground, on this one day introductory class. Learn how to apply and draw into the grounds and layer the two techniques to create images that explore line, tone and texture.

Hard and soft grounds are different waxy coatings that are applied to the metal etching plate, which you then draw and make marks into, revealing the metal beneath. The plate is then etched in an acid mixture, which bites lines into the plate. These lines hold the ink which then print onto the paper.

On this one day course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare the plate with hard ground, draw, etch and print the plate. You will then introduce a second layer of marks onto the plate with soft ground, etch the plate and print again. In this way you will learn about the key differences in the two grounds and different effects that can be achieved with each.

This day course can be taken on it's own, but if followed up with our next etching classes taking place every month, you will get a good grounding in a range of etching techniques, and the tools to start to explore this fantastic medium further.