Thu, 14 Jan | Newcastle Printmakers Workshop

Etching with zinc plate - five week course

This five week workshop will focus on the basics of zinc plate etching including aquatinting, chine colle and soft ground.
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Etching with zinc plate - five week course

Time & Location

14 Jan, 8:30 am – 11 Feb, 11:30 pm
Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Rd, Adamstown NSW 2303, Australia

About the Event

This five week workshop will focus on the basics of zinc plate etching and copper sulphate. Students will learn how to prepare plates, use a hard ground to make a line etching, apply an aquatint to develop a range of tones in their prints, use chine colle to add colour and soft ground to add texture.

Dates: Thursdays 14th, 21st and 28th Jan, 4th and 11th Februaruy 2021 8:30am to 11:30am.

Beginners welcome but this is also a chance to explore new techniques.

Etching is a rich medium where an image is scratched, drawn or painted onto a metal plate and the image etched into the plate. A range of marks can be created and, after etching, ink is applied to the plate. A print is created by placing dampened paper onto the plate and passing both through a press.

Materials: Participants need to provide their own zinc plates and printing paper (these can be purchased from me directly if needed).  All other materials are included (inks, grounds, tarlaton).

What students need to bring: participants must wear enclosed shoes and bring apron, own drink and lunch. Also bring some ideas for your prints.

Covid Safety:

Due to NPW’s Covid Policy - this workshop is limited to 6 participants to ensure we comply with social distancing. The workshop will be sanitised prior to, during, and after the class.


Amanda Donohue studied printmaking at Sydney College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). She has been a printmaker for over twenty years,  interested in etching, lino, dry point, screen printing, collagraphs, eco dyeing, shibori and fabric printing. Amanda has been a member of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop for eight years and a committee member for seven.

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