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Etching Beginner Course with Erika Shiba

A 1-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 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. 


This course will also include an Open Studio Printing Session that will take place on Saturday 29th April, 12:00pm - 5:00pmwhere students can come in and continue printing their plates. 


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.


Cost: $1500 per person

Date: Sunday April 23rd 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)

Duration: 6 hours

Class Size: 4 students - first come first serve basis

Where: L5-24 JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

香港九龍石夾尾白田街30JCCAC L5-24

No prior experiences is required.


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



Minimum intake

Please note that we have a minimum participant intake in order to run our courses. This course has a minimum intake of 3 people to run. If there are less than 3 participants we may cancel/postpone this course, and we will issue a full refund. Participants will be notified by email if we cancel this course. Please note that refunds take approximately 2 weeks to be processed. We will issue the refund with the same payment method used by the customer.

Student cancellation

Please note we do not offer refunds to student cancellations. We are not responsible for any events/traveling issues students may have that are unrelated to the course. 

If we cancel the course for other reasons

If there is an unavoidable event/issue prohibiting the instructor or the studio to be available that requires us to cancel/postpone the lesson, we will notify students by email by 9:00 pm the day before the class. Full refunds will be issued to all students. Please note that refunds take approximately 2 weeks to be processed. 

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Book Class: Sunday April 23rd 10:00 am - 5:00 pm