Lithography

Lithography is the oldest form of printmaking. Once created by drawing on solid blocks of limestone, images can now be created digitally and printed on paper or aluminum “plates” that mimic the limestone form. The paper and aluminum plates are then treated with a gum and water solution to create areas of resist and non-resist. This protects the negative spaces of the image and allows the positive image spaces to accept the oil-based ink. The plates are then printed layer by layer in a traditional roller press or lithographic press to form a whole image on a single sheet of paper or fabric.

Students used paper lithography and aluminum plate lithography to create images in the first quarter. In the second quarter, students used a combination of hand-drawing, mixed media, and digital techniques to produce the images you see below. Represented here are the best works of each of the Lithography students. Please click on the thumbnail to see the image in full detail.