Drypoint Etching

Drypoint plate being incised with a pointed toolScheduled 2022 dates:
Please contact us to request this course

11am – 5pm

Venue: INTRA
Suitable for adults
Class size 4 max.

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Follow in the steps of artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso, who learnt about intaglio processes by creating drypoint print artworks. In this print method, a metal or acetate plate is incised with a sharp point, then inked up and printed using an etching press. It’s is a lovely, simple way to get to know etching techniques, and particularly good for those who love drawing.


Drypoint etching

Workshop includes:

Beginning with a look at examples of drypoint work, you’ll see the range of marks that can be made with tools and how drypoint differs from other intaglio techniques. The grooves incised in the plate are accompanied by a raised burr created as you scrape a reversed image with sharp pointed tools. The burr contributes to holding the ink, and this type of plate is more fragile than etched plates, and the marks you can make are quite soft-edged.

Drypoint plate, inkedYou’ll ink up and wipe off your plate in preparation for printing, take a look at differences in papers and how they are prepared by soaking, and learn how to use the etching press safely to make prints.

People who have taken this course can return to use our print studio during open access sessions.


Payments can be made in the following ways:

If you have any questions about the course or payment, please call or send us an email.

Artwork and what to bring

After booking you will be sent details of things it would be useful for you to bring. If you don’t have your own design to work with, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books to give you inspiration. The drypoint process requires you to hand-draw marks onto the plate.


Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking if we can fill your place, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.

Wapping stairs - acrylic drypoint by Peta Bridle

Wapping stairs – acrylic drypoint by Peta Bridle


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