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Etching with Liam Biswell

The studio space with students at work!

Duration: 2 days

Price: £170

Contact: James Ort at The Phoenix Studio

The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey, Near Thame

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

We want to see your etchings! On this course you will explore one etching technique per day – drypoint and photographic. Ultimately you will come away with numerous, unique, high quality prints that you can be proud of!
Taught and guided by professional artist and tutor Liam Biswell, come be transported into a medium that is fun and immediately rewarding!

You will learn:

How to select suitable images and reference materials.
How to drypoint etch your design onto a plate.
How to transfer your chosen photograph images onto photopolymer plates
How to use the etching press transfer your inked designs onto paper.
To explore various collage, colour and texture techniques to produce experimental, unique artworks.
How to edition and mount your work so that it looks great on the wall.

Pre course prep:

Throughout the course you have the opportunity to work from your own chosen images – these could be photos, drawings, paintings, images you have collected.
With that in mind, we ask that you collect images that means that mean something to you
On booking you will be given on advice on what images work best with each technique
This course is for you if:

You want to learn new skills
You need a creative confidence boost because this medium is easy to learn and allows for nice artist exploration
You want to create unique, bespoke gifts for family and loved ones!
You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
You love creativity and want to try a little known medium

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&B's, AirBnB's and hotels. There is a list on the Phoenix Studio website. If anyone has a campervan then you are more than welcome to 'camp' in our car park too!

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Step by step guidance from Liam throughout the sessions
Visual presentation and demonstrations to inspire
A relaxed, informal learning atmosphere and a community of fellow artists and crafters to share the learning experience with
Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student

Two full days’ tuition (10am-4pm)
Tea, coffee, biscuits
All the material needed to create a series of fine prints
Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio and beautiful countryside setting

Want to review this course?

Had a brilliant time on the course, Liam is a great teacher and explained everything really well. We all had a go at drypoint and photopolymer etching. The Phoenix studio is well equipped and a really lovely relaxed environment. It was great fun and I came away with 20 or so decent prints which I really enjoyed producing. Shame it was only 2 days really as I didn't want to go home....I think everyone else really enjoyed it too. Can't wait to come back again!

- - #14888

Great course....the 2 days allowed enough time with Liam to master (!?) the different processes, one to one help when needed but left plenty of studio time to experiment and produce a folder of work that I was proud to take home (mostly!!) Would highly recommend, Liam's passion and knowledge about the subject is infectious and to be able to sit and soak up the ambience of the Phoenix Studios' idyllic surroundings is the cherry on top! x

- - #14841

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Children
  • Events & groups
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Stag and hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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