Aluminium Non-Toxic Etching Printmaking – 2018

Image by Jane Rusden


Aluminium Non-Toxic Etching Printmaking – Term 1 2018

Coming up in our ongoing ‘Ink Roll Print’ series of printmaking courses and back by very popular demand is Aluminium Non-Toxic Etching with experienced printmaker, Jane Rusden.


This 4 week course, run in partnership with Castlemaine Press  is perfect for the beginner or those wanting to explore a different printing technique.

The Course will explore registration and multi-plate etching and printing techniques.


Etching by goldsmiths other metal-workers was often used to decorate metal items such as guns, armour, cups and plates has been known in Europe since the middle ages, and may go back to antiquity. The elaborate decoration of armour, in Germany at least, was an art probably imported from Italy around the end of the 15th century—little earlier than the birth of etching as a printmaking technique.

Growing concerns about the health effects of acids and solvents led to the development of less toxic etching methods in the late 20th century. Jane will be using chalk rather than toxic solvents.

Week 1:
Introduction and preparation of aluminium plate for etching.

Etch line drawing key plate and proof.

Week 3:
Introduction to White chalk Ground. Apply white chalk ground to second plate and etch.

Proof second plate and print wet on wet with key plate.


When: Friday 2nd March, 2018 and runs for 4 weeks   10-1:00 pm

Cost: $180 full/ $160 concession  (includes materials)

Venue: Castlemaine Press, Lot 19, McShannag’s Drive, Castlemaine

Limited Places – Bookings Essential.  

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