The Bluecoat in Liverpool his a rich history of arts and crafts, making their specialist print studio, a fitting place to learn one of the oldest printmaking processes still used today. This February, you can get hands on with copper and chemicals in an Introduction to Copper Sulphate Etching.
The day is suited to beginners and all materials are provided. You’ll be guided through the process by an expert, making sure you get good results you can be proud of in the end. As you get hands on with the materials you’ll learn the history behind copper sulphate etching and how the tools you use developed. Like most artistic pursuits, once you’ve learned the technique you can get creative with it and stretch your imagination with the designs you create.
As part of the workshop you’ll also have the chance to ink and print your designs on the Bluecoat Print Studio’s century old Hughes & Kimber Etching Press. This well lived piece of machinery is still fully functional but brings with it the added weight of decades spent serving makers, artists and printers.
At the end of the day you’ll walk away with a finished edition of prints as well as a booklet walking you through the process should you want to carry on ethnic gat home. Attendees must be 18 or over due to the nature of the materials and machinery you’ll be working with.
There is plenty to get involved with at the Bluecoat whether you’re looking for performance, exhibitions, workshops or just a really lovely place to enjoy a cup of tea in the centre of Liverpool, check out their website for details.