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Instructor: Anna Hoberman
Monday - Friday
July 29 - August 2
9am - 12pm
5 Sessions

Open Studio: Monday - Thursday
12pm - 4pm

Grab a clipboard, a few polyester plates, a biro pen, and head out to sketch the beautiful cape scenery. Back in the studio sketches will be transformed into multiplies by printing them lithographically on press or by hand. Are you already a printmaker? Great! Pronto Plates work well with several other print mediums, but specifically monotype, silkscreen, watercolor and chine-collé. Bring a selection of papers (decorative or plain) or even fabric to experiment with.

Polyester plates have been available since the 1990’s and are popular in the offset industry. The big advantage of the ‘pronto’ or ‘smart plate’ is minimal processing; the plates can go directly from the artist’s hand or computer-laser printer/ copy machine to the printing press. Polyester plates are typically coated on two sides with an adhesive clay that is water loving (hydrophilic.) The drawn, or printed image blocks water when sponged to accept ink. Pronto Plate Lithography is a non-toxic process. The materials used, including clean up are: sharpie marker, bic pen, toner powder (laser print), acrylic screen filler, china marker, oil based litho ink, or modified relief ink, toothpaste, Gum Arabic, Hairdryer and Water. Additionally, Pronto Plates are not limited to being printed solely on a litho press. The materials work on an etching press, or by hand with a bit of persistence and are a great way to introduce the lithographic principles without the lengthy process.


Anna Hoberman (Brooklyn, NY) received her undergraduate degree in studio art/ printmaking from Skidmore College, and Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. She attended the Tamarind Institute for professional printer training in lithography and has assisted at several printshops including: Island Press, Solo Impression, Milestone Graphics and the Lower East Side Printshop. In addition to running her own contract shop, Afternoon Editions, she is an adjunct professor of printmaking at New York University and Parsons - The New School. Her prints have recently been shown at, Silvermine Arts Center, C.T. IPCNY, Savery Gallery, P.A. and included in the collection of the Museu do Douro, Portugal