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Solar Plate Day


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 17th March
10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tutor  Emma Gardner


A day course introducing this photo-etching process that uses photopolymer plates that are developed and 'etched' in water.  A simple process that captures very fine detail producing beautiful prints from photographic or drawn imagery. Learn how to apply your design by exposing and developing the plate. Ink up the plate and learn how to take a short edition.

About the Tutor

Emma Gardner is an artist and printmaker. She joined LPW as a member and volunteer after graduating in 2012 with a Degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University. In 2014 she became a studio volunteer, regularly assisting the studio team with the day to day running of the workshop. She was awarded a LPW Artist Residency in 2015. Although her work employs mostly photographic printmaking processes, she enjoys teaching a range of printmaking processes.

 Alongside her practice she works as a part-time Programming Officer and Gallery Assistant at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire.


Course structure


  • Introduction to LPW and the course.
  • What is a Solar Plate? Principles of the process and examples.
  • Preparing artwork for the process.
  • Exposing and developing the plate. Demonstration and hands on practice.
  • Demonstration and hands on practice.


  • What is a halftone? Demonstration of applying a halftone in Photoshop.
  • Self-directed work.

Clean up and close of course.

Images by LPW Artists John Cumming and Nick Mobbs



Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.