The Proof is in the Printing: Line

Etching without the use of chemicals. Explore the process of Drypoint, drawing directly into the plate to create your own etching, using Intaglio technique and an etching press.

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

Use a selection of tools, inks and machinery confidently to produce a selection of their own images in print using a simple Intaglio printmaking technique in a Print Studio.

The Proof is in the Printing: Line

Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
1.5 hours
Day(s) and Times(s)
Tue 25 July, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Subject Area
Gregor McAlpine
Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Students will be introduced to a selection of relevant artists’ works in the medium of Drypoint.
  • Students will learn how to work a metal plate (zinc) using an etching needle to create an image.
  • Students will learn how to apply and manipulate printing ink to produce a selection of their own printed images using Drypoint printmaking techniques.
  • Students will learn how to apply Chine Colleé (collage papers) to their metal plate to produce a colour drypoint print.

Teaching will be based in the COL Art and Design Short Courses G9/G10 studios at Thomson’s Land

1. The tutor will give a brief slide presentation showing relevant examples of Drypoint prints by a selection of Artists

2. The tutor will demonstrate how to create an image using an etching needle on a metal plate

3. The tutor will demonstrate the correct application of printing ink to a zinc/acetate plate using a selection of methods prior to printing.

4. The tutor will demonstrate how to “pull” a print using dampened paper.

5. Students will then proceed to produce their own Drypoint prints under supervision by the tutor.

6. Students will be able to take their prints home with them at the end of the Taster.

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Etching Needles
  • Zinc plate for drypoint
  • A selection of etching inks
  • Cotton buds
  • Scrim
  • Suitable “etching” paper for printing a drypoint eg. Fabriano
  • Collage papers for Chine Colleé
  • Newsprint
  • Tissue paper
  • Printing press

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:

  • N/A

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • An apron or an old shirt

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.