Lithography: Fundamental to Experimental


Lithography: Fundamental to Experimental


Learn basic to advanced techniques in stone lithography and plate lithography, exploring drawing, transfer, washes and more. Throughout the course, each student will have their own stone to work on, care for, and develop a relationship with. 

Six sessions on Sunday afternoons, 12pm - 6pm

Upcoming Sessions:

  • May 7 - June 11, 2017
  • September 3 - October 15, 2017 (no class on 10/8)


Tuition of $300, $55 materials fee. Includes the benefits of shop membership for the duration of the course.

Instructor: Master Printer Lane Sell

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About the course

In this six-session course, students will learn the fundamentals of stone lithography, from preparing a stone and using traditional drawing materials to transfer techniques and early photographic approaches. Multi-color, multi-stone prints will be designed and printed, along with opportunities to integrate lithography with other printmaking techniques. Additional lithography techniques, including plate and polymer prints as well as photolithography may be covered depending on the direction of student projects.

Students will spend the first three sessions of this class working with a lithography stone to produce prints using line drawing, tusche wash, and abrasive reduction techniques. In the second half of the course, plate photolithography will be introduced, and a number of less common experimental techniques will be presented including albumen photolitho, maniere noir printing, and toner transfer.

Throughout the course, each student will have their own stone to work on, care for, and develop a relationship with. 

About the Instructor

LANE SELL, founder, owner and master printer of Shoestring Press, is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied Classics and Visual Art. He has instructed at Columbia and New Jersey City University, and for the past five years has run Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, working with artists and members as well as instructing classes in a variety of print mediums. In 2013 and 2014, his silkscreen work won grants from Brooklyn Arts Council.