Etching with Photo Transfer

Learn a variety of copper etching techniques using photo transfer in this fun intaglio workshop.Using a copper plate you will learn photo transfer techniques along with tonal aquatint and line etching. Work from your own photographs, drawings, collages, and/or found images and transfer onto a copper plate. Learn how to use a press, proper ink application, and registration. Projects, collaboration, and experimentation will be encouraged along with developing innovative and unconventional tools for your mark making. You will get demonstrations and hands-on practice in: copper plate preparation, ground application, inking, and printing on a press. This workshop is suited for beginners, and also offers intermediate students an opportunity for a deeper exploration of the medium. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the term.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

What you will learn:

  • An extensive knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of etching

  • Various techniques including using photo transfer, tonal aquatint, and line etching, scraping and burnishing

  • How to use a press, proper ink application, wiping the plate, and printing


  • To make editions, multiples, simple registration techniques, and further working knowledge about printmaking

  • Emphasize collaboration and the advantages of working with others in a printshop

Required supplies:

  • Copper etching plate

  • Scriber etching needle

  • Paper – Rives BFK Arches or Stonehenge

  • Rags (old t-shirt rags)

  • Dishwashing gloves