Introduction to Photo Plate Lithography

1 day course
19 April, 20 Sept 2024
10am – 4pm

£95 including 1x 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 course, you will have created a variable edition of at least 5x 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.

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

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

Maximum 6 places



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Payment / Terms and Conditions

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 for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date.

For CPSC Certificate course

Payment for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this payment has been received. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due at the end of the previous term. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due before the first day of each term.

If for any reason prior to the commencement of the course you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date. Once you start the course on Term 1 you have committed to all 3 terms. Course transfers are at the discretion of Curwen Print Study Centre.

There is an option to book your place for £100 deposit. If you choose this option your place is secured. The balance of term 1 will be due 20 working days before the start of the course. If you cancel more than 20 working days before the course start date, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee. If your place is not cancelled during this timescale, and the balance is not paid then the deposit is non refundable. All other Terms & Conditions remain the same.

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