Join artist printmaker and WYPW technician Kate Desforges for a fun day of learning the basic principles of lithography.
Experience the magic of lithography without the time-consuming process! This one day workshop will introduce you to the process of paper lithography and will see you making quick, cheap, colourful prints using photo-paper as a matrix. We’ll be drawing directly onto photo-paper using acrylic paint and ink, and once dry these can be printed from straight away using oil-based ink.
No need to think up any images beforehand – we’ll start with some experimental mark-making exercises to loosen-up and generate abstract compositions, which we’ll then translate into colourful, layered, paper lithograph prints. There will also be the possibility of using photographic images, but we’ll keep the focus mainly on drawing. You’ll end the day with a stack of prints to take home, and a new-found, (or re-kindled), love of print!
This *brand-new* day-course is taught by our Print Technician Kate Desforges, and stems from her ongoing research into alternative, accessible methods of lithography.
AM – Welcomes, introductions, explanation of technique with examples. Experimental drawing/painting exercises to generate abstract imagery and mark-making on paper plates. Drying, gumming.
PM – After a demonstration of printing a paper lithograph, students will spend the afternoon printing their plates, building up multi-layered experimental prints.
Your tutor: Kate Desforges
Kathryn Desforges is a printmaker who creates process-driven, contemporary artworks which explore her preoccupation with ordinary, overlooked and in-between places.
Her work germinates from a fragmented collection of drawings, photographs, memories and lived experience, and evolves through printmaking processes such as etching, lithography and woodcut, which enable a unique visual language.
Material is important – carving, scratching and sanding back metal and wood reveals and covers up, helping to piece together fragments of ideas, distill and refine, and keep the physical act of making at the core of her practice. What results are re-imaginings – pieced together from snippets and fleeting glimpses of her everyday.
Kathryn’s work is held in public and private collections in the UK, including the Tate Library artist book collection. She trained at Kingston University, and has undertaken artist residencies at Intaglio Printmaker, UK, Mi-LAB, Japan, and a Post Graduate Lithography Fellowship at Leicester Print Workshop. Ever-hungry to learn and develop new print processes, her practice has developed through a symbiotic relationship with her career as a printmaking technician and tutor.
Anyone can join from beginners to experienced. This course would also suit teachers, (secondary and above), who’d like to learn an accessible method of lithography to pass on to students in the classroom. (Please note a printing press is needed).
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
What should I prepare beforehand?
We’ll be working on plates up to A4 size.
You don’t have to do any preparation for the course – you can just make marks, let the process guide you, and see what happens! However, if you would like to bring along a photographic image to try out, please bring it printed-out in black and white onto standard copier paper, no bigger than A4 size.
After attending this course you can 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: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
- 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: