Aluminium plate lithography with Catherine Ade

Ref: SLW31594

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About this course

Learn how to draw, etch and print your own lithograph. Draw your image directly onto the plate and discover how the beautiful process of lithography works.

Course Description

Working from sketchbooks, photographs or found imagery, you will be shown how to create your image using a combination of traditional lithographic crayon, tusche and inks.

This course is ideal for those with experience of other printmaking techniques or lithographers who would like to learn how to process and print ball grained aluminium plates.

Gain confidence in using the lithographic process, mixing inks and printing on an intaglio press. The course is ideal if you do not have access to lithographic presses in your own or shared studio. You will have access to several plates to make multiple colour images or a small series of images. It is perfect for trying out different mark-making techniques and seeing what the drawing materials can do.

Weather permitting, you will be encouraged to take your plates outside to draw in the college grounds.

On the first evening, there will be a talk by the tutor, who will show you how lithography fits into her practice as a figurative artist exploring surrealist themes.


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


  • On this course, the tutor will supply most of the materials, including litho drawing materials, process solutions and ball grained plates.
  • The college will supply some of the materials, including inks, paper, newsprint and sundries.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Sketchbook or source materials to draw from, or drawing materials to make on site sketches
  • Notebook and pen to take notes (process notes will be provided by the tutor.)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials and specialist printmaking papers

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Catherine Ade

Catherine Ade is an artist and educator based in Bristol. Since graduating with an MA in Printmaking from the University of the West of England in 2013, she has worked on prints for many professional artists at The Curwen Studio, London and now at her own studio.


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

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