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Photoplate Lithography Workshop


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Experience Intermediate  
Tutor  Serena Smith

Photoplate lithography offers the printmaker a wonderful way to work with hand drawn images, photographic material, and text. This two day experimental workshop will focus on the technicalities of this process and explore platemaking, multi-plate printing, and overprinting, using the direct transfer and off-set lithography presses. As a workshop designed to build skills and confidence with the process, we will be working collaboratively on shared projects, alongside individual activities. The one day course, 'Monoprint: a technical tool kit', is an ideal partner to this two day workshop.

    Course Structure

    DAY ONE: Platemaking and printing: Using provided materials, participants will learn now to expose, develop, and print photo-lithography plates using direct and off-set presses. Preparing artwork for further plates: participants will create and assemble artwork for further plates.

    DAY TWO: Platemaking and printing: Artwork created by the participants will be used to expose, develop, and print further  plates using the direct and off-set presses. Monoprinting: monoprint techniques with the off-set and direct lithography presses will be used to add additional layers of colour and tone to the prints.

    About the Tutor

    Serena Smith is an internationally recognised artist-lithographer whose practice explores the material and poetic relationship between stone lithography and language. Trained in lithography as Stanley Jones’ assistant at the Curwen Studio (1985-97), she has over thirty year's experience as a printmaking artist, tutor, collaborator and technician.  Alongside her professional practice Serena studied at the University of London, Central Saint Martins School of Art, and the Institute of Education. Her ongoing doctoral research is based Loughborough University. An elected associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and she has received several awards. Public collections include the British Library, the British Museum, the University of California, and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich.

    Leicester Print Workshop 

    Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

    We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

    Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

    In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


    Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.