Introduction to lithography

Course Dates: 05/03/24 - 19/03/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn how to produce work that mimics a painterly style using lithography printmaking processes. Lithography depends on the delicate balance between grease and water and can provide a broad range of outcomes. Learn how marks and brush strokes drawn and painted on the printing plate can be faithfully reproduced to create bold or subtle prints.
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Introduction to lithography
  • Course Code: VS072
  • Dates: 05/03/24 - 19/03/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Simon Burder

Course Code: VS072

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Tue, day, 05 Mar - 19 Mar '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Introducing the original process of lithography using zinc litho plates.
Beginners to the subject will learn how to make prints using the technique made famous by Toulouse-Lautrec. Those with some experience of Lithography will be able to develop their skills and personal ideas.

What will we cover?

Lithography depends on the chemical opposition of grease and water. We will cover the main drawing materials and technical processes of lithography and introduce you to its creative potential while developing individual work. This course repeats regularly and each time will have a difference focus: colour, transfers, photo litho and alternative and hybrid types of lithography such as “Kitchen Litho” and “Mokulitho”.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Make an image on a lithography plate using appropriate materials
• Process and prepare a lithography plate for printing
• Prepare paper and printing ink
• Print using a press
• Print a lithography plate in monochrome and/or colour
• Have an overview of lithography as a creative medium, by looking at artists’ prints

For more experienced learners:
• Demonstrate a variety of image-making methods
• Print a lithograph in more than one colour using a registration system
• Extend your practice through a range of alternative lithography processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels are welcome.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by illustrated talks and demonstrations, individual and group instruction, group discussion and tutor guidance in practical technique.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers all essential materials including papers, inks, chemicals, basic tools, etc.
Please bring to the first session sketches, photographs or other visual resources.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can continue on another 5 week Lithography course, giving you the opportunity to build on your experience. Each course will focus on a different aspect of lithography. Or you may wish to enrol on other courses with a focus on autographic work. Your tutor can advise you. All other course details can be found on

Simon Burder Tutor Website

Simon teaches printmaking and drawing at City Lit, with an interest in observational and technical skills. He studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and lithography at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and has been teaching printmaking, drawing and his specialism of lithography for many years at art schools, adult education colleges and independent community print workshops, including Oaks Editions Lithography Studio, his studio at Oaks Park near Carshalton. His prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Bankside Gallery, London, and the International Lithography Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden, and are in the collections of the British Library, Cambridge University Library and Aberystwyth University, amongst others. He has also contributed to 'Printmaking Today' magazine, written two chapters on landscape and abstraction in 'Drawing and Painting - Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists', Thames and Hudson, 2015, and translated the English edition of 'Kitchen Litho', Atelier Kitchen Print, France, 2016.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.