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Photo-Plate Lithography Summer School

Full Price: £260 / £210 concession

Have all the painterly freedom and subtlety of a lithograph without grinding stones and with the minimum of processing. Explore layering images in colour to create painterly prints with a delicacy of mark and tone, characteristic to this medium.

This course concentrates on using light sensitive aluminium photo plates.  These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images, photographs, digital images and text.

During this course participants can explore creating images using both hands on techniques, photocopied images and introduce using Adobe Photoshop to prepare printed separations.

Participants learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. (No previous experience required)

This Summer School course runs from Saturday-Monday

This Summer School course also comes with FREE associate membership of Edinburgh Printmakers for 3 months.


Select a date:

  • 6 - 8 July 2019

Time: Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am-5.30pm

Class size: 7

Materials: Included

Tutor: Alastair Clark

Course Level: 2 star, Introduction

To book a place on one of our courses, payment must be made in full. We recommend booking online to guarantee a place.

If you have an enquiry please email your enquiry here please phone 0131 557 2479 to pay by card or in person at Edinburgh Printmakers, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

More about the course

The size used during the course is aprox 28 x 38cm. The course includes:

  • Introduction and overview of the process
  • Making artwork for photo-plates: hand-drawn positives and photographs
  • Registration systems and placing registration marks
  • Plate making, exposing and developing
  • Paper preparation and placing registration marks
  • Setting up to print & printing a small edition
  • Clearing up after printing
  • Looking at print examples and exploring working in layers
  • Some basics about working with Adobe Photoshop
  • Working with Layers in Photoshop
  • Working with tone in Photoshop and ways of creating separate tonal separations
  • Ink Mixing. Mixing transparent and opaque inks
  • Printing & overprinting, using blends
  • Cleaning up and storing plates
  • Working in the studio after the course & studio practice