Photo-plate lithography can produce prints with remarkable subtle tonal detail. It can be used a process by itself, or combined with other printmaking techniques, and is a quicker alternative to traditional stone lithography, (for those of you whose time is limited and want speedier results).
This course will have an experimental approach to image-making, with an emphasis on generating images by hand through drawing, painting and mark-making onto transparent film. (Although you can bring photographic imagery to work with as well if you wish). Images will then be transferred onto light-sensitive lithographic plates by exposing them to UV light, and the plates are then developed, and printed on our etching press. Participants can expect to produce 2 – 3 plates during the day, making multiple prints of each to take home, and printing in colour if time permits.
The aim of this course is to show participants how to use the photo-litho process to create original, hand-made prints, as supposed to exact reproductions of existing images.
Your tutor : Kate Desforges
Kate Desforges is an artist, printmaker and educator based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, working with drawing, printmaking and collage to create limited edition original prints and artist books. Kate’s work is rooted in a fascination with her surroundings, and is often the result of an unspoken dialogue with a particular place – real or imaginary. Presence, memory, temporality, and finding the sublime in the ordinary are ideas which repeatedly arise. Corners, shadows, architecture, landscapes, and moments of stillness are a constant source of inspiration. She uses printmaking and collage as mediums to form, distill and abstract, keeping experimentation and the physical act of making at the core of my practice. Kate is also the studio coordinator and technician at WYPW.
See more on her tutor profile here: https://wypw.org/tutors/kate-desforges/
No previous experience is needed for this course. Beginners are welcome, along with those who need a refresher. It is also great as a follow-on course for those who have attended one of our Etching Taster Sessions.
All basic materials such as paper, tools and equipment are provided. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different or take some materials home to try out.
Covid-19 safety :
To comply with government guidance for COVID-19, we have made several changes to how we operate. As a result, our workshops and the way we run courses looks a little different. We have everyone’s safety as our main priority and although it might not be quite the same as it was before, your ability to get stuck in and enjoy a spot of printmaking remains the same. Added measures to keep you safe include:
- All courses working with reduced numbers and to government guidance in relation to social distancing
- Requesting that everyone in the workshop, if able, wears either a face covering, mask or a visor
- Hand sanitiser provided on entry and attendee details taken to ensure that ‘Track and Trace’ procedures can take place
- Removal of any shared equipment or materials wherever possible.
Full guidance on our Covid-19 policies and risk assessment can be found on our website here.
After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! Sign up for membership within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here.