Etching Weekend with Liam Biswell – 23/24 November

Etching Weekend with Liam Biswell – 23/24 November

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!


DAY 1:

Dry point etching

Learn how to transfer your chosen images to a plate and then how to transfer this to paper or canvas using the etching press.

You will learn various printing techniques and tricks of the trade to make your designs that little bit more unique and classy!

DAY 2: 

Photopolymer Etching

Taking on what you learnt on day one, you will be shown how to transfer photographic images of your choosing to a plate.

Liam will be there every step of the way to make sure that the sentimental or favourite images are printed to a high standard.

This weekend course includes:

  • 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

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 edit and mount your work so that it looks great on the wall.

What is included in the price?

  • 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

Suitable for?

Anyone. We generally advise that students be 14 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate.

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 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

Beyond The Course

Having completed the course there are possibilities for you to continue to explore etching further. Liam can advise you in where to source materials and we do organise the occasional Creative Monday Evening session where Liam will provide his etching presses for you to use unguided.  You can pre-prepare your etchings at home and bring them to the studio for the pressing!

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&Bs and hotels.

£170 for the whole weekend, including materials, tea, coffee and biscuits


Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


Liam Biswell is a multidiscilpinary printmaker and has been teaching for a number of years.

He teaches people of all ages and is well practised in numerous printmaking mediums

The possibilities of etching are infinite. It’s easy to pick up and gives you professional looking results straight way – you’ll be hooked immediately!

Liam Biswell – Course Tutor

Liam gets great feedback from her courses.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

‘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!’
Emma Wheeler
‘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!!). I would highly recommend this course – 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!’
Rachel Taylor

£170 for the whole weekend, including materials tea, coffee and biscuits


Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

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