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The Proof is in the Printing: Line

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Course Summary

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.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Special Infomation

Essential materials you will need to bring to the first class:

· An apron or old shirt


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

· Etching Press, printing inks, etching/drypoint needles, etching/drypoint plate


Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course: 



Essentials materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

· "Fabriano" or equivalent paper for printing a drypoint/etching plate

· Sketchbook or visual reference materials 


Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide: · N/A

Content of Course

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 method(s)

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.

Learning outcomes

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.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.