Lithography is a traditional method of printmaking that is a blend of art, natural history, and chemistry. The complexity of lithography can be crudely explained as a printing method which relies on the phenomenon of oil repelling water to produce an image. Participants will be treated to the richness of drawing on stone, and the collaborative experience of printing together on CCP’s motorized Griffiin 32.5” x 56” litho press.
Lithography became a dominant form of illustration across the world shortly after it was introduced by Alois Senefelder around 1796. Since then, it has morphed into various other forms: plate lithography, photo lithography, paper lithography, and the list goes on. This class will focus on its original manifestation and utilize CCP’s large collection of lithographic limestones.
We will cover drawing and processing techniques, printing, methods of deletion and reworking, and how to reclaim the stone to prepare for a new drawing. Learn the details of lithography logic and process, and discover a little lithography history! All levels of printmaking experience are welcome.
Image: Liz Bannish, Baskin Shark, stone lithograph, 2015
LIZ BANNISH is an artist and printmaker who has been training professionally in the arts since 2009. Her work uses themes of feminine power, anti-capitalism, and anxiety, usually wrapped in marine imagery. Liz’s personal prints have been shown on a national scale and in mediums from fine art prints, to photographs, to alternative processes. She was the Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years. Previously, she has trained as Apprentice Printer at Wingate Studio in NH and conducted workshops for the Southern Graphics Council. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving the John Roy second best in show award for her senior thesis exhibition in 2011.
Visit Liz at www.lizbannish.com