Join artist, printmaker and WYPW Technician Kate Desforges for this hands-on course exploring plywood lithography, or ‘Mokulito’. Plywood lithography takes the basic principles of stone lithography, and applies them instead to a prepared plywood surface. Traditional lithographic drawing materials are used to draw and paint onto the plywood surface. The drawing is then processed using gum arabic, and the block is inked up and printed using the etching press. Blocks can also be cut into using woodcutting tools, to create a print with the characteristics of a lithograph in combination with a woodcut. Because of the coarser nature of wood in comparison to stone, fine detail cannot always be retained, so this process would suit those who have a more experimental approach to image-making, embracing and working with the natural properties of the wood.
This course will explore the creative possibilities of this unique printmaking process. The grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, and this often becomes stronger with each subsequent print – ‘filling in’ until white becomes black and the block is no longer useable. Editions of anything from 5 – 15 can be produced from one block, depending on the individual properties of the wood used, the drawn image, the processing and the printing. Blocks can not usually be re-printed.
Kate will guide you through this fascinating technique with a hands-on, experimental approach, providing examples, instruction and advice throughout. The aim of the course is to gain a good understanding of the process and to create a small run of prints from your own plywood block. It is also hoped that you will go away with the confidence to carry on using the technique in your own practice.
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 (including plywood lithography) 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 print studio technician here at WYPW.
A little previous experience of lithography – plate or stone – would be useful, but not essential, and beginners are also welcome, along with those who need a refresher.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. 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 :
We continue to have everyone’s safety as our main priority. Added measures to keep you safe include:
- Each participant will be allocated an individual workstation and box of materials.
- During your time in the workshop, we will open windows/doors etc. to provide increased ventilation – this might mean it’s a little colder than usual so you might wish to pack an extra layer!
- The workshop has antibacterial/viral wipes, hand sanitiser which is to be used upon arrival and has increased the frequency of cleaning to communal areas.
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! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here.
- If you have to cancel:
- 16-12 weeks before the course: 50 % of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Less than 12 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Please note that full payment is required for non-attendance on a booking that has been transferred.
- If we have to cancel: