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Learn to Etch at
Simon Lawson Prints

Introduction to Etching on Copper

Saturday 13th July 2024

10am - 4pm

Max 3 people

£150 all materials included.

Email to book a place.

Saturday 10th August 2024

10am - 4pm

Max 3 people

£150 all materials included.

Email to book a place.

Experience a fully equipped etching studio with a Master Printer. Simon has over 30 years of experience in the printmaking industry at the highest level with 15 years running the Royal Academy Schools Etching department as the Etching Tutor.

What to expect from the day:

  • Start the day with a coffee and an introduction to the studio.

  • An opportunity to look at examples of prints that have been produced in the studio with artists including Tracie Emin, Grayson Perry and Paul Noble.

  • A look at materials paper and tools.

  • An opportunity to try some drypoint.

  • An overview of processes with examples including hard and soft ground and the uses of aquatint and associated processes such as sugar lift.

  • Simon will take you through the process of drawing on a prepared copper plate and biting it in acid.

  • A short break for lunch

  • A relaxed afternoon printing the plates that were produced in the morning.

  • The afternoon will draw to a close taking a look at the prints produced over tea and cake.

  • Q&A

More courses available soon.


Bespoke Sessions

Sessions from two hours to a full day designed to explore the many possibilities of etching on copper with a focus on individual support and developement. Having discussed in advance with Simon, the time will be organised to acheive your personal and professional objectives where possible.


  • Soft ground : how to apply the ground and use effectively.

  • Hard ground : how to apply the ground and use effectively.

  • Taking an image further with aquatint.

  • Hand applied aquatints, sugar lift and spit-bite.

  • Chin collé and how to use effectively.

  • Alternative wiping methods and their uses.

  • Using scrapers, burnishers, roulette wheels and drypoint tools.

  • Multi-plate etching.

  • Producing gallery ready prints.

  • How to print a clean and consistent edition.


Two hours - £150
Half day - (3 hours :10-1pm) £300
Full day  - (6 hours :10-4.30 incl.30mins lunch) £500

Book two or more sessions and receive 15% discount.

Available for individuals, pairs or a group of three. Prices for groups

of two or three are available on request. Email to book or for further information. Email to request an opportunity to discuss over the phone.



Re-Located to Woolwich

After two happy years in Peckham Simon Lawson Prints Studio has re-located a few miles further east to the banks of the Thames, within a stones throw of the Thames Barrier. We are now part of the Thames-Side Studios community. With improved facilities and fabulous views of the river just outside the door we look forward to continued success in our new surroundings.


Please get in touch via the button below with any questions.

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An essential for artists working in copper that wish to make extended editions or work in colour.
Introductory offer of 10% off or the smallest plate in a bundle goes free!!
Enquire below via for a quote stating sizes.

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Editioning Service

We can print etchings from your plate. We know that printing one or two can be fun but printing an edition can be really difficult, time consuming and often frustrating. With years of experience and knowledge we can suggest the best ink and paper, even help you with the size of print and the size of your edition.

From a BAT (Good to Pull), printed to your specifications, to a completed edition with a beautifully hand torn deckled edge. We aim to produce the very best image from your plate, exquisitly printed to your requirements.


Use the contact button below for further details and a quote.

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Print Publishing Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new publishing programme.
Artists are invited to produce an edition of prints to support the printmaking studio and the artists themselves.
The prints celebrate the collaboration between artist and printmaker, providing the opportunity to develop their ideas and motifs through print.
Historically the results often develop into a lifelong dialogue between printmaking and the artist's regular practice.

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Are you an artist who would like to make etchings? Are you a gallery or publisher who represents an artist who would make amazing prints. We have the facilities to make it happen. Whatever your thoughts, put them to Simon via using the contact button below.

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