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Copper Etching: Beginner Course with Erika Shiba

Cost: HKD 2000 for 2 day inperson course, 8 hours total

Date: April 30th Saturday to May 1st Sunday

Time: 1pm - 5pm each day, please arrive 10 mins before class starts

Location: Marble Print Clay Studio 705  Kwun Tong, Shing Yip St, no. 15-17, Sing Win Factory Building, Hong Kong

Course taught in English. Materials provided by Studio.




A 2 day workshop that will introduce fundamental techniques used to create copper etchings. Participants will leave the course equipped with technical skills and knowledge of the process which then they can later use within their own practices. 

Etching is a traditional printmaking process in which lines or marks are physically bitten into a piece of metal (often copper) using an acid. This technique dates back to the sixteenth century and has been widely used by artists specializing in various mediums to create multiples of one image.

When students have booked the class they will receive an email with a document of the class information.


What students need to prepare: A sketch (hand drawn or digital) of an image or composition you would like to turn into a print. The copper plate used will be around A5 and smaller, so keep that in mind for your sketch size.

Main Learning Goals

Students will learn how to:

  • Safely prepare a copper plate with hardground
  • Explore image transfer techniques and work from your own existing drawings
  • Safely use appropriate tools and acid
  • Properly apply ink, register and curate their print

After the workshop, students will bring home their etchings printed on paper, along with their copper matrix.


About the tutor:

Erika Shiba is a Japanese printmaker born and raised in Hong Kong. She received her BFA in 2018 from Parsons School of Design in New York for Illustration and Printmaking and received her MFA in Printmaking at Illinois State University in 2021.Record-keeping, journaling, home(s), cryptology, and memory are at the core of Erika’s research. Her main interest currently is on memory and its delicate nature. She records, questions, and reflects on her own memory and creates ciphers to represent this process using printmaking techniques and graphite drawings. She memorializes intangible moments she remembers from her home(s) and symbolizes them using obscure forms and structures.

Her Instagram is: @erkashba


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Book Class: April 30 - May 1