In addition to the three main areas of study, the Royal Drawing School also offers the opportunity for printmaking. Etching is seen as an extension of drawing. Both day and evening classes are held, offering the opportunity for Drawing Year students to learn and explore various techniques.
Sessions are led by a variety of experienced tutors who introduce and develop intaglio techniques with an emphasis on etching (hard and soft ground, aquatint, sugar lift, white ground) as well as demonstrating other less conventional methods.
Individual guidance is given to each student to ensure that both beginners and advanced printmakers are able to find their own direction and the methods and techniques which suit them. As well as bringing pre-prepared drawings to work from in the print room, students are encouraged to take etching plates up to the life room to draw on directly.