Introduction to Photo Plate Lithography

1 day course
1 May; 21 July 2020
10am – 4pm

£97 including 1 A4 plate

Introduction to Photo Plate Lithography

Lithography is a planographic process based upon the fact that grease and water do not mix: in Photo Plate Lithography, the images are drawn and painted onto drafting film or printed digitally on to acetate; the plate surface is exposed to UV light and developed to create hydrophilic areas. As a result of this printing ink is then attracted to the image and the parts of the surface with no image attract water. On this course you will learn how to create, expose and develop photolithographic plates, how to ink up and how to print your plate using an etching press. By the end of the day you will take home a variable edition of at least 5 x A4 prints.

Course structure
• Explanation of the technique with examples.
• Exploring the range of lithographic materials - the possibilities and effects.
• Create a hand-drawn image on TruGrain.
• Expose the image on the plate.
• Develop the image.
• Lithographic ink preparation.
• Using spindle rollers.
• Sponging and roll up technique.
• Printing on the etching press.

Experience level
• Suitable for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills.

Pre-course information
Any image preparation notes will be sent 2 weeks prior to the course date.

Maximum 6 places

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• By phone 01223 892380


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For all courses except CPSC Certificate course

Full payment of the course fee is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until full payment has been received. If full payment is not received within 10 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void.

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 10 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 10 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.


For CPSC Certificate course

Payment of the deposit for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this deposit has been received. If the Term 1 deposit is not received within 20 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void. The outstanding balance for Term 1 is due before the start of Term 1.

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.