On Thursday 19th March join James Vass for an Etching Taster Workshop. This taster session will introduce you to the intaglio technique that is etching where your drawn lines will be bitten into a metal plate.

An etching is made by scraping off a protective layer of wax that has been applied to the metal surface of a plate. An acid bath is then used to corrode and bite down into the plate, creating an etched line wherever the metal is exposed. Once dipped in acid, and after cleaning off the excess wax, your plate will then be ‘inked’ by rubbing ink into the lines etched by the acid. Finally the ‘inked’ metal plate is run through an etching press creating your print.

As a 3 hour taster session there will be a number of aspects of the process already prepared in advance of your arrival.

We would ask class participants to bring along any sketches, drawings or materials they may find inspirational for their images . During the class we’ll be working to an A5 ( 21 x 14.8 cm ) size.

All materials provided.

To book click here.

Our taster sessions offer a hands on introduction to some of the key printmaking processes offered here at Peacock Visual Arts .

These taster sessions are great for people who have little to no prior experience of printmaking but would like to find out more about the processes , but also for people who would like to refresh themselves on a particular technique .


Drawing the plate

Inking the plate


Inked and etched


Printed line