Lithography with Thomas Cert TMP & Stanley Jones MBE

3 day course
14 -16 August 2019
10am to 4pm

£375 including 1 pre-grained stone and 1 photolithography plate

Lithography with Thomas Cert TMP & Stanley Jones MBE

Lithography translated literally means ‘to write on stone’. The process works on the principle that water and oil do not mix. The artwork is traditionally made on limestone using greasy materials, the stone is then treated chemically to produce two diametrically opposed surfaces, water loving and water repelling. The original drawing material is removed using solvent and replaced with oil based ink. The stones surface is kept damp while applying the ink so that the non-image areas remain clean. Essentially the film of water acts as a barrier between the stone and the ink.

The paper is placed on the stone with a protective tympan material and the stone is run through a direct press at high pressure. The paper is then peeled off the stone to reveal the impression. Photo-lithography uses the same process, however the artwork is drawn or printed on transparent films that are exposed with UV onto light sensitive plates. These plates are then developed leaving just your image, the plate is inked up the same way to stone.

On the final day you will be joined by Master Printmaker Stanley Jones who will give individual advice and share his experiences. By the end of the course you will take home a variable edition of at least 6 x A4 prints and 6 x A3 prints.

Course structure
• Explanation of the history of lithography, the basic process and looking at examples
• Exploring the range of lithographic materials - the possibilities and effects
• Drawing your image on the stone and on drafting film
• Processing the stone
• Exposing and developing your photo plate
• Ink characteristics and their modification.
• Using leather and rubber rollers.
• Sponging and roll up technique
• Using the direct lithographic press and etching press
• Printing proofs and how to edition your work
• End review of work and discussion

Experience level
• Suitable for all abilities

Maximum 6 places

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• By phone 01223 892380


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Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.


For CPSC Certificate course

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If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £10.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 20 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 20 working days before a course starts will require the full course fee to be paid.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.