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Traditional Zinc Plate Etching - 4 Day Summer workshop with Robert Hails

  • The Baldessin Press & Studio 90 Shaftesbury Ave St Andrews, Victoria, 3761 Australia (map)

Fri 25 January - Mon 28 January
10am - 5pm
$890 (materials Included)

Learn the basics of etching. Produce a line image on a zinc plate, explore aquatints for tonal work, and add colour with roll ups. Come along with an idea or a simple drawing and explore the process of producing a small edition. Suitable for all levels.

This very popular once a year workshop is now in its 14th year!
Work at an intense level to create your personal body of work with the guidance and expertise of Rob Hails. Immerse your self completely over the four days and take advantage of this beautiful bush setting to explore and produce stunning zinc plate etchings.

Zinc plates are etched with a copper sulphate mordant. A safer alternative to the traditional nitric acid. 



Robert works mostly on zinc plates to produce elegant and sometimes whimsical etchings. He loves to experiment with aquatint, rolled colour and wax pencil and is always looking for the ‘happy accident’. He pays attention to great detail, seeks patience and encourages his workshop students to take risks and to see where the journey of creating an etching may take them. Most of his works on paper respond to the characters, design, text and mystery of the theatre stage.

Robert Hails has a unique connection to the Baldessin Press and Studio.
As a teenager he and his brothers Doug and Don helped George Baldessin and Tess Edwards Baldessin build the bluestone studio in St Andrews while he was a student at Eltham High School in the 1970’s.


You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

What you should bring:

  • Apron
  • Disposable gloves
  • Lunch to share (tea & coffee provided)
  • Drawing material
  • Folio to take home your finished prints (at least A2 size)


A $100 deposit for weekend will be required to secure an enrolment. Balance of Course Fee is payable no later than commencement of first class. An invoice will be sent out with your enrolment acknowledgment.

A course fee refund will be given if:

  1. A class in which you are enrolled is cancelled, or
  2. Notice of your withdrawal from a class is given at least three weeks in advance

High Bush Fire Danger Days - Please note:

On CODE RED days The Baldessin Press and Studio will be closed and no classes or activities will run.
On TOTAL FIRE BAN days The Baldessin Press and Studio will normally remain open, and staff will monitor official advice and weather. If weather escalates staff will consider cancelling activities. Any decision to cancel any workshops during the course of Total Fire Ban days will be made as a result of a notice from CFA of a “Watch and Act” or “Emergency Warning” affecting that area.
Please note that The Baldessin Press and Studio are NOT designated Safer Places, or Places of Last Resort