Traditional Etching

The course begins with a short talk showing samples, prints and blocks, illustrating the potential of the medium.

In the 16th Century, Printmakers began to develop this Intaglio technique to create intricate, linear, tonal, textured and semi-embossed prints. Using Steel and Zinc, this Etching course continues in this tradition, teaching techniques that connect us to the history of the medium and providing an opportunity to explore -

Hard and Soft ground - for line, texture and mark making.

Fine and Coarse aquatint – to create tone, texture and colour.

Marbling and Sugar Lift – Mark making techniques.

Multiple plates – for layered, colourful images.

Once the Ground or Aquatint has been applied to the plate and the image created, the line or texture is bitten into the metal using Nitric acid. Ink is then pushed into the lines and texture of the image, before printing using the manual, or electric Etching press. 

Suitable for beginners and experienced artists. Small class size – 4-6 people

Courses are relatively short so more than one course will be needed to develop imagery using some of the more advanced techniques above. 

Materials included in the Course - inks, grounds, resin, acid, degreaser, stop out, car spray, rags, gloves and cleaning materials.

Metal and paper are not included and can be purchased from the studio. Paper prices begin at 15p a sheet. 

Ann d’Arcy Hughes is a Printmaker and teacher with over 40 years of experience in teaching.

Hebe Vernon-Morris is a Printmaker and teacher with over 20 years of experience in teaching.

COVID-19 - Covid secure measures are in place in the studio at all times. Please wear a mask, unless you are exempt, your temperature will be taken on entry, wash your hands using the anti-bacterial soap and respect the social distancing rules.  Information will be given at the start of each course. Please see our Information page for full details.

Booking - please use the Paypal button below to book or contact us via phone or email. 

By booking on to this course, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

These courses are extremely popular and fill up quickly. Even if a course is listed as Full, please email in your interest as we always hold a waiting list as spaces sometimes become available at short notice.

Weekly Courses

Wednesday Mornings with Hebe Vernon-Morris

10.30am – 1.30pm 

17th November - 8th December - 4 weeks - £120

Tuesday Mornings with Ann d’Arcy Hughes

10.30am – 1.30pm -  The Course runs on alternative weeks with a break, dates as listed -

21st Sept, 5th Oct, 19th Oct, 9th Nov, 23rd Nov and 7th Dec, 2021 - £180


10.30am – 1.30pm -  The Course runs on alternative weeks with a break, dates as listed -

28th Sept, 12th Oct, 26th Oct, 16th Nov, 30th Nov and 14th Dec, 2021 - £180


Thursday Evenings with Ann d’Arcy Hughes

6.30pm – 9.30pm -  The Course runs on alternative weeks with a break, dates as listed

30th Sept, 14th Oct, 28th Oct, 18th Nov,  2nd Dec and 16th Dec, 2021 - £180 - FULL

Weekend Course with Ann d’Arcy Hughes

Saturday & Sunday

10.30am - 4.30pm

Saturday 16th October - Sunday 17th October - £160



Saturday course

10.30am - 4.30pm

Dates - TBC

Please contact the studio, if you wish to book this course.


All our courses are for adults of 18 years old and over.


How to pay - You can pay using the PayPal button, by Debit/Credit card over the phone,

cash or via BACS. Please contact us for our BACS details. Once payment is received, we

will confirm your place on the course via email. Even if the course says 'Full', please

contact us to check as sometimes there are still places available, following cancellations.

We except all major credit/debit cards except American Express.


*Course bookings - please note, if you book a place on a course in advance, we will ask for half payment to secure your place. This half payment is non-refundable. Full payment of your course must be made 14 days before the course start date. If booking onto a course, all sessions within the course need to be paid for, even if you are not able to attend them all.


Masks – Please bring a mask to wear when you are in the studio. As we are only

taking limited numbers of artists in the studio, you should be able to remain at a distance

from the other people. If you are working in an area on your own or are the only person in

the room, you do not have to wear a mask. However, if you are talking to someone,

walking through the studio or if there are other people in the same area, we will expect you

to wear a mask, unless you are exempt.  

To adhere to the current COVID-19 guidance, we have the following rules in place:

1 - Only come to the workshop, if you are feeling well and have shown no signs of the virus in the last 14 days. 

2 - Do not attend the workshop, if you, somebody in your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, within the last 14 days.  

3 - On arrival at the studio, we will test your temperature on your wrist. If you have too high a temperature, we will ask you to go home.

4. On entry to the studio, please immediately wash your hands using the anti-bacterial handwash. 

5 - Please keep two meters away from the other people in the workshop at all times. If you need to walk through the workshop to the sink, office, paper cutter, drying boards and so forth, please ensure your mask is on and communicate your intention verbally or visually, if you need to pass another person in the room. Please ensure the other person has acknowledged your presence and has moved to a safe distance before you pass. 

6 - Do not approach Staff members or enter the office, please respect the two metre rule. 

7 - If you are booked on a course but due to COVID-19 symptoms, feel unwell on the day, please email or ring us to cancel. We will hold your missed session as credit for you to attend on a different day. 

8 - Please provide us with your mobile number, in case we need to cancel you at short notice. We will be adhering to the above rules too and will only attend, if we are well and show no symptoms of the virus. 


While we will do our best to clean and sterilise the communal areas and to keep the workshops as safe as we can, we emphasise that you enter at your own risk. 

Thank you, we appreciate your co-operation and look forward to seeing you in the studio. 


COVID-19 - If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or if somebody in

your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is

showing signs of the virus, within the last 14 days, please let us know by email and do not

attend the studio. In this circumstance, it will be possible to transfer or make up a missed

class at some point in the future.

Other reasons - If, within 14 days or less of the course start date, you cancel your place on

the course because you cannot attend, the full course fee is non-refundable unless we

manage to fill your place. If you wish to cancel your place on the course, you will need to

inform us via email or letter, we do not accept cancellation by telephone. If we are able to fill

your place, refunds are subject to a £10 admin fee. If, we have filled your place on the

course and you wish to transfer to another course, there is a £10 admin fee.


*We reserve the right to refuse access, if on arrival, you are visibly unwell,

coughing or have a high temperature.*


*We reserve the right to ask you to leave, if you are unable to adhere to the

COVID-19 Safety rules. These are in place to keep all participants and staff safe whilst

in the studio.*