Aluminium Foil Lithography

  • 5 evenings 7:00pm 10:00pm

Course Leader - Caroline Whitehead

  • Evening £200 (Concessions £200)

Aluminium foil lithography (‘kitchen litho’)
Learn to make prints using cheap everyday materials such as kitchen foil, cola, lemon juice, soap and other readily available drawing materials. This technique, which was pioneered by French illustrator Émilion about 15 years ago and has since been developed in other studios around the world, is great for anyone who enjoys drawing and experimenting with different kinds of mark-making. As you gain experience, you will also find that you can make surprisingly sophisticated and subtle prints — and also achieve surprisingly long print runs — with these everyday ingredients.

Workshop Description
Evening one: The course will start with a demonstration of the basic process using cola to process the plates. Students will then be guided through
making their own prints. We will print the plates by hand (convenient for home printing).

Evening two: Caroline will demonstrate a slightly different process using lemon juice. These plates are more stable and it is easier to produce detailed images. We will also look at some different ways of creating images on a plate.

Evening three: Toner transfers – learn how to transfer a laser print or photocopy to your plate. This opens up possibilities for printing photographic images and text. We will also look at chine collé, which is a way of adding colour to your print without the need for a second plate.

Evening four: Colour: Caroline will show you how printing from aluminium foil makes it easy to register two or
more colour plates.

Evening five: Students will print their own projects with Caroline providing tips and troubleshooting assistance.
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable both for beginners and experienced printmakers.
All drawing and printing materials will be provided and students will receive thorough notes about the process.
Caroline Whitehead has been a keyholder at East London Printmakers since 2011. Many of Caroline’s recent prints have been made using various forms of alternative lithography, such as mokulito (‘wood lithography’), aluminium foil (‘kitchen’) lithography and waterless lithography. She exhibits widely and her prints and artists books are in collections including the V&A Museum; Royal Free Hospital; Winchester School of Art; and Manchester Metropolitan University.

5 evenings starting in June
£200 (£200 concessions)
7 spaces remaining
date from to
1st June, 2022 7pm 10pm
8th June, 2022 7pm 10pm
15th June, 2022 7pm 10pm
22nd June, 2022 7pm 10pm
29th June, 2022 7pm 10pm