Plywood Lithography – August


Plywood Lithography – August

Weekend Course
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2019
11 – 5

4 in stock


Plywood Lithography

Join artist, printmaker and WYPW Technician Kate Desforges for this hands-on course exploring plywood lithography, or ‘Mokulito’. Plywood lithography takes the basic principles of stone lithography, and applies them instead to a prepared plywood surface. Traditional lithographic drawing materials are used to draw and paint onto the plywood surface. The drawing is then processed using gum arabic, and the block is inked up and printed using the etching press. Blocks can also be cut into using woodcutting tools, to create a print with the characteristics of a lithograph in combination with a woodcut. Because of the coarser nature of wood in comparison to stone, fine detail cannot always be retained, so this process would suit those who have a more experimental approach to image-making, embracing and working with the natural properties of the wood.

This course will explore the creative possibilities of this unique printmaking process. The grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, and this often becomes stronger with each subsequent print – ‘filling in’ until white becomes black and the block is no longer usable. Editions of anything from 5 – 15 can be produced from one block, depending on the individual properties of the wood used, the drawn image, the processing and the printing. Blocks can not usually be re-printed.

Kate will guide you through this fascinating technique with a hands-on, experimental approach, providing examples, instruction and advice throughout. The aim of the course is to gain a good understanding of plywood lithography and to create a small run of prints from your own plywood block. It is also hoped that you will go away with the confidence to carry on using the technique in your own practice.

Your tutor

Kate Desforges is a freelance artist and printmaker based in Leeds. She also works as Print Studio Coordinator here at West Yorkshire Print Workshop. In 2013 she undertook the second Stone Lithography Fellowship at Leicester Print Workshop – an inspirational year which enabled her to create a new body of work and led to a solo exhibition. After the fellowship, without access to the specialist equipment needed to continue with stone lithography, she decided to develop her work using alternative lithographic techniques, which utilised the equipment she already had access to at WYPW. Kathryn is particularly interested in the qualities of plywood as a medium for making prints, and has recently returned from an artist residency in Japan learning watercolour woodblock printing or ‘Mokuhanga’.

Experience level

A little previous experience of lithography – plate or stone – would be useful, but not essential, and beginners are also welcome, along with those who need a refresher.

What’s included?

All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.

What’s next?

After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here:

Small print

Cancellations and refunds

If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).

We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.

We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.


If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.

Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.

Cancellation by WYPW

West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.


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