Graphics Laboratory

Graphics Laboratory

Malūnų str. 5, Vilnius

Head of laboratory Sigitas Faraponis Mob. 8 616 56456

Specialist for practical training of students Augustas Bidlauskas
Specialist for practical training of students
Vytautas Bielinis

VAA VF ADL Laboratory of Graphics

An excellent educational and material base for students has been created in the Graphics Laboratory, the area is more than 500 sq.m.

There are five sections in the laboratory:

  • Silkscreen printing section (screen printing);
  • Lithography section (flat printing);
  • Etching section (intaglio);
  • Letterpress section (xylography);
  • Bookbinding.

It is also possible to print graphic works with offset lithography and photopolymer techniques.

There is equipment in the laboratory:

  • multifunction printer,
  • stationary computer,
  • hotplate,
  • cabinet of the aquatint, used in etching technique;
  • also the century-old „Heinrich Steinberg“ lithographic machine, manufactured in 1870, is still usable today;
  • lithographic machine "Polymetaal"; for printing works up to size (80x160) cm;
  • one of the most advanced equipment the etching press "Polymetaal", which allows you to intaglio print works up to the size (160 x 300) cm;
  • etching press "Polymetaal" for printing works up to size (80x160) cm;
  • guillotines, which can be used in bookbinding work;
  • eminenting press "Polymetaal" for printing works up to size (80 x 80) cm;
  • eminenting press, manufactured in 1950, for printing works up to the size (30 x 40) cm;
  • three printing tables made in Czech Republic;
  • UV exposure unit for making screens;
  • silkscreen washing bath;
  • high pressure washing machine (for washing silkscreen nets).

The laboratory has a specially equipped acid etching room with a fume hood, all sections are equipped with exhaust ventilation.

There is a number of the workplace in each sections of the laboratory:

  • 3 workplaces in silkscreen printing;
  • 8 workplaces in lithography;
  • 6 workplaces students in etching;
  • 6 workplaces in bookbinding;
  • 6 workplaces in letterpressing.

Workplaces are adapted to work with personal computers

Students working in the are provided with equipment and tools for various technological processes as described in the presentation of the laboratory's capabilities.

Students working in the laboratory of Graphics are provided with materials necessary to perform practical tasks during the study process, while lecturers are provided with what is necessary for their work functions:

In the silkscreen section:

  • Paint,
  • Emulsion (for making forms),
  • Cleaner (for washing paints and forms). In the lithography section:
  • Offset plates,
  • Developer for offset plates,
  • Photopolymer,
  • Paint,
  • Gumerabik,
  • Nitric acid solution (for stone etching),
  • Lithographic ink,
  • Bituminous varnish,
  • Rosin,
  • Abrasive material (corundum).

In the etching section:

  • Gumerabik,
  • Etching varnish,
  • Nitric acid solution (to corrode zinc),
  • Corrosion solution (lavis),
  • Rosin.

In the letterpress section:

  • Paint,
  • Wood-plywood panels for carving (for students of the Department of Graphics, for a mandatory subject).

In the bookbinding section:

  • Bookbinding glue,
  • Covering material for book covers,
  • Finishing material for a backs (captal),
  • Binding threads.

The following are provided for students' practical work: tools, rulers, needles, chisels for carving, sharpeners, files, model knives.

Students are partially supplied with materials when carrying out their artistic experiments (according to point 7 of the " Work Rules of Graphics Laboratory", approved Rector‘s order No.VĮU-47, dated 2016-01-09).

 Graphics Laboratory work rules