2 day course – 10.30am – 5.30pm
Following the invention of lithography in the late eighteenth century, printmaking and the graphic arts were transformed. Based on the incompatibility of water and oil, and utilizing a polished limestone block as a substrate on which to draw, lithography was the first printing process to truly capture and reproduce the expressive qualities of hand drawn images and rich tonal variety. The most famous images using this process are Toulouse-Lautrec’s colourful posters of Parisian night life. Stone lithography continued to be used commercially well in to the twentieth century when it was displaced by photographic methods of reproduction. The technique survived due to the dedication of a handful of artist practitioners and master printers and saw considerable revival in the pop art movement in America. Sadly in the UK teaching and support for the technique has dwindled and very few open access studios offer training and access to this exciting medium.
The surface of the stone is chemically altered so that the image area becomes attracted to grease, and the non-image area becomes attracted to water. Unlike intaglio or relief printing, where the physical surface of the plate or block in changed, in lithography, it is the chemical nature of surface that is changed. This is how it got the name “chemical printing”.
Our Introduction to Stone Lithography course will be run by Darren van der Merwe. Darren comes from Cape Town, South Africa, he studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town and has a Master of Fine Arts degree. During this time he explored contemporary methodologies within Fine Art printmaking and philosophical aspects of printmaking practice. Darren has a particular passion for stone lithography.
You can view some examples from previous workshops here.
Brief warning about Stone Lithography: This workshop is physically demanding due to the nature of the press. Please make sure that you are fit and well before booking.
Next available courses:
Thursday & Friday
8th & 9th February 2018
There are 6 spaces available on our Introductory Courses, which are booked on a first-come first-served basis. If you have any queries or would like to book a place on this course please contact the studio on 020 8969 3247 or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively you can also book our courses online by clicking on your preferred dates on the calendar below.
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Prices: £182.00 (£146.00 concessions*) Including basic materials.
*Concessions are available to the following: Studio Members, unemployed, under 25′s, full time students, graduates of less than 2 years, senior citizens and disabled people. (proof of concession is required)