“Exploring Printed Multiples Through Non-toxic Lithography:
Traditional & Experimental Techniques”
Workshop Instructor: Andrea Martens, with Assistant Tony Holmquist
Fine art lithography is one of the four primary methods of printmaking, and uses a planographic process (marking a flat surface rather than incising a plate). Non-toxic lithography is a contemporary addition to the traditional practice, which began in the late 18th century. This non-toxic approach uses Pronto plates; thin polyester plates that are flexible, fairly quick, and a cost-effective alternative to traditional lithographic stones and aluminum plates. Resembling a frosted sheet of Mylar, they can be used with a variety of drawing mediums, with text, and/or with digital images. Students will work with original drawings and digital images, and translate them to printmaking and multiples, as well as be able to manipulate and modify existing work.
Topics covered will include: traditional exploration of non-toxic lithography techniques, print editioning, as well as alternate processes like hybrid / digital lithographic prints, and photo transfer techniques as time permits. Students will be able to create stand-alone prints, an edition of prints, or multiples than can be used and incorporated into future work.
Student supply charge ($40)(paid directly to instructor)
Students should bring: aprons, rollers (if have), sketchbooks, pencils, ball-point pens, Sharpie’s (variety of widths), laptops (if have), newsprint, Plexi, palette knives. Also bring existing drawings or work to translate to printmaking or use for inspiration, along with your imagination and a willingness to experiment!
Instructor will supply individual plates and paper, as well as some group-shared items like ink, plate backers, markers, newsprint, gloves, sponges, bowls, and plate processing materials. (An email with additional information will be sent from the instructor prior to the workshop.)