Photopolymer Etching - 3 day introductory workshop

Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th July 2016

Tutor: Laura Lillie   Venue: Grain Barn Workshop

Using plates developed and supplied in the US by master printmaker Dan Welden, this course will introduce you to the basics of Solarplate etching and aims at encouraging you to explore its versatility as an exciting process, both in its own right and within the context of other well-known printmaking techniques. You will have the chance to produce and print your own plates from scratch, with advice and guidance from the tutor. 

Over the duration of the course a variety of methods will be covered; these range from simple single exposure techniques, direct plate work and drawn transparencies to grained glass positives, double exposure techniques, photographic transparencies and multi-plate intaglio / relief combination.

Solarplate printmaking, despite its common description as a safer alternative to traditional photo etching, will be looked at in terms of its capacity to reach far beyond the potential of exclusively intaglio processes. To the first session you will need to bring with you a pencil and notepad only. 

Experience: This course is suitable for all levels of experience - it welcomes both beginners and those with either a background in printmaking or some existing knowledge of the process. See pictures from last year's workshop here

Fee: £135. The fee can be paid in installments if required (deposit £75 on booking, further payment of £60 by 1st July).  To book please send us an email

There is an additional charge of approx £25 for plate, materials and paper. Details of what to bring will be sent on confirmation of booking. Residential accommodation available, please ask for details.  

Workshop days run from 10am-4pm. Tea and coffee provided; bring a packed lunch. Map

Laura Lillie is an artist and printmaker based in Cardiff. She delivers workshops covering a wide range of printmaking processes, with a particular focus on intaglio and relief. With an MA in Ceramics and a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Cardiff School of Art and Design, Laura has worked extensively with photopolymer etching and slip casting. As part of her research in Solarplate etching, she has taught master classes in Ireland and worked in America with the founder and pioneer of the process, Dan Welden. Laura’s own work reflects an interest in collecting, lino carving, intaglio printing and casting; it centres around the physicality of printmaking and the ways in which object and process interrelate.



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Arts Council England