Photo Etching Printmaking


COURSE DATES: Thursdays, 18th April – 6th June 2024

TUTOR: Frederic Morris RE


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm


FEE: £500 + £40 materials fee

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This course focuses on photomechanical techniques in printmaking, combining photosensitive emulsion and plates with intaglio printing. You will learn to expose and develop autographic (drawn and painted) and digitally generated/photographic images with both different types of plates.

Throughout the course we will be talking through your ideas, gaining the understanding of your individual creative process and maximising your ability to produce more technically advanced and developed artwork. During the second half of the course you will plan a self-led project using both technical and conceptual ideas to produce a small finished print edition.

Learning outcomes:

  • Analyse the work of others, applying findings to own work.
  • Prepare autographic (hand drawn) and digital (photographic) transparent positives on photosensitive plates.
  • Apply a range of photomechanical etching techniques in the creation of prints.
  • Research, plan and complete a self initiated project.

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

Materials for this course must be paid for, including plates, paper, inks, chemicals, grounds and various sundries. The basic materials cost for the course is £40 per student, payable at the start of the course. The tutor will advise on extra costs depending upon how many plates you create.

You must purchase your own materials. Art Academy London provides tools, presses and etching sundries in the Print Studio and there is availability for you to purchase individual paper and plates. You can choose to supply your own inks and extender or pay a service fee of £10 per session to access the available colours and extender stocked by AAL.

Intaglio Printmakers are a local supplier for any Print materials you may need, see their website here

Following a First Class Honours Degree in Illustration from Middlesex University in 2007 Frederic Morris 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. He is represented by Pratt Contemporary and a member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 the course or it will be disposed of.
  • 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.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.