Additional processes in etching and aquatint at Greystoke Castle Print Studio

Etch press with print and copper plate


This is a follow-on course to "Techniques in etching and aquatint", although this can be studied without any pre-knowledge of the printmaking process. This one day course looks at some of the lesser-known techniques in the medium: soft-ground, lift-ground, drypoint and burnishing-back. All of these techniques can enable the artist to expand the range of effects that can be obtained through the etching process, greatly extending the range of imagery they can produce. This workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike, although some experience of the basic etching and aquatint processes is an advantage.

Bill Cummins specialises in oil painting and all forms of printmaking. His work has been exhibited widely – including at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and Lakes Artists – and he has taught all forms of art activity for many years.

If you have already completed the previous course at Greystoke Castle Print Studio "Techniques in etching and aquatint", you will have a least one plate on which you can work further with the additional processes. If you have not undertaken the previous course you can still do this course on additional processes, but will naturally be working on a new plate. This is perfectly possible – it may in fact be the case that you will wish to work on a new plate even if you have produced one from the previous course – but, as with the previous course it would be helpful if you could bring with you drawings, photographs, etc, which you can use as the basis for your print.

The studio is set in the beautiful grounds of Greystoke Castle Estate, the studio is fully equipped, bright, spacious and well lit, catering for all ages and abilities. The class is taught in a small group (maximum of 5 people) so there is plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tuition with Bill.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided but some preparatory work is required. Please see the detail in the description above.

Tea and coffee is provided but please bring your own lunch. The local shop sells a small selection of sandwiches.


Bill Cummins at Greystoke Castle Print Studio

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Unit 1, Greystoke Castle Estate
CA11 0TG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:01am to 4:01pm)

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