Limerick Printmakers was set up in 1999 by three BA printmaking graduates from the Limerick School of Art and Design, Claire Boland, Kari Fry & Melissa O’Brien.
Limerick Printmakers are committed to promoting printmaking as an art form and supporting printmakers by providing a professional open access printmaking studio, exhibition gallery and education program.
Their education programme consists of an array of classes for children, teens and adults that run throughout the year. They also run a variety of pop up printmaking events at various points during the year and devise individual workshops around forms of printmaking for groups of all ages, sizes and abilities.
This spring, Limerick Printmakers are holding adult printmaking courses at Bridgeland House, 3 Johns Square, Limerick City.
It starts in February with Photo Etching. The classes are held on the 21 and 22 of February from 10 am to 5 pm with an hour break and costs €150. One of their most enduringly popular courses, photo etching involves a photo sensitive coating being applied to a metal plate. Light is then projected onto the plate as a negative image to expose it. After washing, the plate is ready to print and in time, to combine with various other effects and techniques. This is a really exciting method to master as the results are photo realistic, with high levels of detail (original photos should be of high quality). This technique can enrich the work of artists, printmakers, film students, photographers & anyone with an interest in these fields etc.
Tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly is an accomplished artist and printmaker who has exhibited broadly both nationally & internationally. She is highly experienced as a tutor and sits on the board of directors in Limerick Printmakers.
Following this course, starting on the 2 March, Woodblock classes will be held weekly from 7pm-9pm and cost €100. This traditional form of print is highly respected and a fantastic starting point for anyone who may prefer to learn more manual printmaking. Woodblock printing in a form of relief printmaking (where the areas that are cut away or removed from the surface are not coated with ink and so create the ‘lines’ of the image when printed) involves using a tool e.g. a knife or chisel to carve the image from the smooth surface of the woodblock. This image can then of course be printed & multiple colour prints can also be made. It’s a very accessible and creative form of print.
Tutor Brian Fitzgerald is a prolific printmaker, teacher and tutor based in Limerick city. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts, London and has led
many classes and workshops in LP for all ages over the last few years.
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