Course Start DatesFriday 31st January 2020
About the Course
In this introduction to Stone Lithography, you will learn how to grind and prepare a litho stone, explore techniques for drawing on the stone to make an image and how to process and print the stone. Students will share stones for printing purposes.
By the end of the course you will be able to
prepare a litho stone for drawing
explore markmaking methods on the stone using different lithographic drawing materials
process the stone ready for printing
learn how the press works and how to set up the press for printing
make prints from a processed stone
work in a safe way whilst doing stone lithography, and understand H and S of the process
Class format and activities
Examples of lithographic prints will be shown to the students. Demonstration and discussion around technical and creative subjects. Explanation about the litho stone and how the process works with water and grease. Explore the potential of stone lithography. Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical and creative advice depending on your needs. Students will work in pairs for handling the stones. Exchanging ideas and feedback during the lessons among students and tutor.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
No previous experience of lithography or printmaking is necessary, but an interest in, or experience of drawing or design is useful.
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivities and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling. Handling litho stones takes some physical dexterity but you will work together with the tutor to learn safe lifting.
What you will need for your class
Please bring: pencils, a selection of paintbrushes and a sketchbook or notebook.
Protective clothing is provided, or you can bring your own apron and rubber gloves. The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, cleaning materials, solvents etc) but you will have to pay for paper, etching plates/lino blocks etc. These are available to buy in the department at cost price. Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.
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