Exploring paper lithography with Ralph Overill

Printmaking

Ref: SWE11679

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About this course

Learn how to transfer and transform images with this fun and accessible process. Make a photograph look 100 years old or turn a pencil sketch into a myriad of colours using the principals of traditional stone and plate lithography.

Course Description

On this relaxed and friendly course, you will learn and experiment with a simple but very effective image transfer technique based on the lithographic process.

Working with a variety of source imagery – from photographs and photocopies to sketches and rubbings – you will be shown how to achieve subtle colour blends, fade aways, layering multiple colours and collaging images.

You’ll gain confidence in using an intaglio press, control in registering (or misregistering) multiple images and be shown how to make a registration sheet. You’ll learn how to mix inks and prepare paper correctly for the process alongside how to set up to continue exploring paper lithography at home.

After a first day structured around demonstrations and practice with tailored support from the tutor, you will be encouraged to work more experimentally, adapting the process to your own creative interests on the second day. The tutor will advise students individually on possibilities for their own artistic practices.

There will be the opportunity (weather permitting) to use the college grounds to make sketches and take rubbings from textures and surfaces that can also be incorporated into the prints.

On the first evening, there will be an illustrated talk by the tutor, where he will introduce himself and present his expanded printmaking practice, explaining how paper lithography fits into his Doctoral research project ‘Monsters and Margins’.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • Everything required for the course will be provided by the college and tutor including all inks and basic printing paper. However, you may wish to experiment with different printmaking papers which can be brought along or purchased from the shop. Or you may wish to create on site sketches to use in your prints.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of images – ideally black and white / greyscale – up to A4 in size. These could be photographs, sketches, drawings, paintings, collages, found items (postcards etc.) Please bring hard copies rather than digital files. The more variety, the better!
  • Sketchbook and drawing materials (optional) if you would like to create on-site sketches to use in your prints
  • Workshop wear: old clothes, apron, sensible shoes etc. – we’ll be working with oil-based inks and printmaking can get messy!

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional printing papers
Students may be encouraged to take rubbings from the college grounds (weather dependent). Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.

Tutors

Ralph Overill

Ralph Overill is an artist and educator based in Essex. Since graduating with an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011, he has worked on prints for many professional artists, alongside teaching at London Print Studio and Havering College. Ralph regularly exhibits his work in London and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Fine Art.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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