ONE DAY TASTER: Etching – 31st August 2024


COURSE DATES: Saturday 31st August 2024

TUTOR: Frederic Morris RE


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Beginner

FEE: £105

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Join us for this fun 1-day introductory taster in Etching. Etching is an intaglio printmaking process where the drawing or design is created using acid into a metal plate in order to hold the ink. In this course you will be using a zinc plate, concentrating on achieving hard ground (fineline). You will learn to manipulate and enhance your image with a tonal monoprint technique to dramatic effect.

Throughout this Taster Day you will learn:

  • How to design and plan your zinc printing plate
  • Use a variety of specialist printmaking equipment and materials
  • Apply a hard ground and draw with an etching needle
  • Apply a ‘stop-out’ varnish and etch in saline sulphate mordant
  • Ink up and proof the etched image
  • Use a professional printing press
  • The possibilities of Etching and creating images

The range of other printmaking processes on offer at the Art Academy

This popular course is a fantastic introduction to the Academy Print Studio, while exploring how to make exciting images through printmaking. Once you have completed the course we recommend signing up for one of our evening or weekend Printmaking courses to learn a new technique and further develop your printmaking skills.

Recommend booking by: August 17, 2024


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

All materials will provided for this course.


Following a First Class Honours Degree in Illustration from Middlesex University in 2007 Frederic went on to study Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, where he received his MA in 2009. Frederic has shown continuously throughout the globe and has picked up numerous prizes for his printmaking and drawing skills.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street London SE1 1HR tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.



Students are welcome to use our Common Room during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

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  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

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