BSO Printmaking


Artist Lucy Gell teaches you the art of dry point etching

Suitability: Minimum age 10 years

Dry point etching is an intaglio print process using acrylic sheets, aluminum or silver card. This inexpensive direct and beautiful printmaking technique can produce simple, strong images with emphasis on the texture and quality of line.
The intaglio process is when the ink is held in the contours and grooves of the surface of the plate.
Dry Point Etching - Course Content.
1. Introduction to Dry point etching using acrylic sheets. I will explain the process with a short demonstration which will include preparing a plate, inking and printing it on the etching press.
2. Explore the different ways of mark making using various tools and methods of creating texture and line.
3. Work on plates to prepare for inking and printing. Experiment with different ways of inking and cleaning of the plate to achieve the desired effect.
4. Ink and print multiple prints within time of workshop.
Images can be printed up to A6 in size, due to size of etching press.
All materials are included in the course, including ink and paper.
Please bring found images or drawings to work from. I will also provide imagery for people to work from.
Lucy studied illustration and graphic design at Staffordshire University after which she pursued a career as a puppet animator working for Cosgrove Hall Films in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester. She animated on children’s television programmes such as Postman Pat, Andy Pandy and Noddy. During 2001 Lucy attended an evening class in printmaking and that is when her passion with the technique began. Lucy now designs and hand prints etchings and screen prints of an animal nature with a strong emphasis on character and humour as well as design and presentation. Lucy’s images have been heavily influenced by her animation career and by children’s book illustrators that she loved as a child. Her work can be seen at many art exhibitions and galleries across the country.


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All materials will be supplied

Meeting times and logistics

Please head over to the SofA desk 10 minutes before the start of your course

Course info card Description
Provided By Lucy Gell
Student / Instructor Ratio 8:1
Location onsite
Min age 10 yrs

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