Learning the art of lithography

Youngsters attending the National Gallery of the Cayman Island’s Art Trek Tuesday sessions recently were taught how to create their own lithographs.

The children in attendance were encouraged to broaden their perspectives on cultural art by viewing the 19th Century collection of prints lent to the Gallery by Hugh and Pamela Hart.

The Harts’ collection represents some of the best known early pictorial representations of Jamaican landscape and society. The subjects range from idealised landscapes to plantation houses, from ships to daily life.

After exploring the early art history of Jamaica, the youngsters were given papers with similar drawings and told to match the pictures with those on display.

After identifying the prints, the children were given a lesson by the Gallery’s Educational Outreach Coordinator Jessica Wallace on how the prints were created.

Ms Wallace instructed the group on how the artists created the prints on display by using the lithograph technique.

This was done, she said, by the artists carving the images onto a stone, applying ink and then transferring the images onto paper.

The youngsters were then encouraged to draw a scene of their favourite landscape to create their own lithograph.

Because it would take a lot of time to etch the pictures in stones, they were instructed to draw on paper and with a roller soaked with ink, transfer the images onto print paper.