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Limerick Printmaker Creative Courses



Limerick Printmakers have a range of challenging, creative and rewarding printmaking and photography courses running from April to June this year. Limerick Printmaker Creative Courses

The previous courses that ran throughout February and March were so popular that they decided to make additional new courses. Limerick Printmakers is happy to offer a 10% discount on all of their courses to students/seniors and those that are not currently in full time employment.

The upcoming Limerick Printmakers courses are as follows:

On Saturday April 23 the course teaches you how to Make Your Own Pinhole Camera. A pinhole camera, is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The film inside the handmade pinhole camera records the image that comes in through the pinhole. The film must be exposed for a long time while the camera is held very steadily as the pinhole lets so little light through. The pinhole in a pinhole camera acts as the lens. The pinhole forces every point emitting light in the scene to form a small point on the film, so the image is crisp. This is a fun and experimental process that is a great introduction to creative photography. With practice, pinhole photography can yield some really beautiful, ethereal images.
In a world of Instagram filters, why not learn how to create atmospheric images for yourself from scratch?

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On Saturday May 7 the course teaches you about the Intro to Letterpress using poly plates. The is Level complete beginners to improvers and refreshers. The course is taught by experienced artist, tutor and printmaker Brian Fitzgerald.
Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. The compositor composes and locks movable type into the “bed” or “chase” of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type, which creates an impression on the paper.
Letterpress also includes other forms of relief printing with printing presses, such as wood engravings, photo-etched zinc “cuts” (plates), and linoleum blocks, which can be used alongside metal type, or wood type, in a single operation.
Invented by Johannes Gutenburg in the fifteenth century, letterpress printing remained the primary way to print and distribute information until the 20th century, when offset printing was developed. More recently, letterpress printing has seen a revival in an artisanal form.

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On Saturday/Sunday May 21 and 22 Limerick Printmakers present an Intensive SilkScreen Weekend. This course will bring you through each step involved in creating a silkscreen print – from preparing your initial sketch or image, using software packages to finalize your image, transferring your image onto a screen right through to learning how to print multiple copies of your image.
This course is ideal for anyone eager to learn a new skill, refresh existing or lapsed techniques and for those who would like to assess whether silkscreen is a process they would enjoy delving into further by pursuing a longer course. 

The course is designed to give a ‘taste’ of the possibilities of silkscreen printmaking – striking prints, posters, flyers all lend themselves to this process.

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On Saturday June 25 Limerick Printmakers will present an Intro to Poly/Smart Plate Lithography.  Lithography is done from a stone (lithographic limestone) or in this case, a metal plate with a grained surface; using oil based inks. Lithography is a very versatile printing technique and artists can get the medium to suit the needs of their particular style.

The course tutor Fiona Quill is a printmaking lecturer in LSAD and also teaches in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
She is also a highly experienced printmaker and artist.

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