Short courses


Etching (Summer School Short Course)

  • 30 hours
  • 5 days


This one-week masterclass will help you extend your drawing practice into the medium of printmaking.

It will give you an intensive introduction to the methods and materials involved in the traditional and non-toxic techniques of etching.

You'll experiment with various inking and printing methods to produce beautiful rich finished prints.

The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. You'll also have the option of attending extra-curricular events such as talks and exhibitions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

You can also take this course over two weeks.

This course is part of the annual summer school run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content and structure

You'll begin the course by examining examples of original prints by different artists.

This will be followed by a thorough introduction to the basic etching processes - hard and soft ground, dry point, aquatint and sugar lift.

You'll develop skills in making etching plates through line, tone and mark-making techniques. 

You'll be encouraged to explore the various processes fully in order to develop your own language.

There will be plenty of time for one-to-one tutorials throughout the week as your work develops and progresses.

The course runs over two weeks and you choose to attend one or both weeks.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for people with a variety of experience.

You don't need any prior experience in etching but are encouraged to bring examples of your past work with you if possible.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


This one-week course costs £400.

To take it as a two-week course, the fee is £800.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. You'll be asked to enter your UPI number (available on your UCL ID card) when booking.

Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Only basic materials will be provided. Once you've been accepted onto the course you'll be sent details of the materials you'll need.

Slade Summer School

The Slade Summer School offers a unique opportunity for you to work within the studios and vibrant atmosphere of the Slade - a world-renowned school of fine art. 

You'll become part of a wider community of artists and will have a real sense of studying in an art school environment among Slade students and alumni. You'll test your abilities while learning new skills and different approaches to making art.

You can take part in a lively range of extra-curricular activities, including: 

  • art history lectures and artist talks introducing the varied contexts and histories of fine art
  • exhibition openings and talks by Slade undergraduate and postgraduate students about their work
  • a series of artists' projects run by Slade tutors, alumni and recently graduated student residents - you'll be invited into these studio spaces to discuss the works with the artists 

Evening events take place at 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Take an extended programme of multiple courses

Many different one, two and three-week courses are available. You can build a personalised programme of study by taking a series of short courses over the ten-week period. 

Please call the Summer School team if you'd like do this - they have detailed knowledge of the curriculum and can help you plan a programme.

All the Summer School courses available are listed on the Slade website.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

Course leader: Penny Brewill

Learner reviews

"I enjoyed very much that the course was centred around independent work and the freedom we had over what we did."

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 15:59