Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 courses : Silkscreen/Etch & Aquatint/Photo Etching & More!

Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019

Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019

Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 courses: Silkscreen/ Etch & Aquatint/ Photo Etching & More!

Limerick Printmakers are offering an array of Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 courses. Limerick Printmakers also offer a 15% discount to students/seniors & those working less than 25 hours a week and for those interested in Limerick Printmakers studio membership, studio members receive a 30% discount on all Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 art courses. Pre-booking & payment of a deposit is essential on all Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 art courses. 

Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019

                      Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019

                                                                    Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 courses:

FEBRUARY

Course Title: Evening Silkscreen from Scratch! – 6 Wks

Date: Tues 5th Feb – Tues 12th March

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Full Price €170

Reduced Rate €145

Studio Members Rate €128

Silkscreen printmaking is LP’s most consistently popular course method while also being one of the most recognizable forms of printmaking there is.

The method produces really clean, punchy images with a strong graphic quality that understandably appeals to a huge range of people who enjoy graphic design, typography, photography, printmaking and design. 

With silkscreen, details stay crisp and sharp while colour pops off the page!

Silkscreen lends itself to high volume production and both high contrast and layered multiple colour images, hence its suitability when creating posters, flyers, signage, text and line based imagery, and striking layered colour prints of photographs. 

It’s a hugely versatile form of art.

In brief, the process itself involves transferring an image to a mesh screen. 

The treated image blocks out the negative space so that when ink is firmly pressed through 

the screen using a squeegee, only the desired areas are printed onto the paper/fabric.

LP’s six-week course will guide you through the entire process under the guidance of LP’s silkscreen tutor Derek O’ Sullivan. 

The weekly classes allow students to develop their work and ideas as they learn, 

and to make multiple prints throughout the duration of the course. 

Each participant will try each step in the process multiple times, ensuring greater retention of what has been learned.

This course will include:

  • Image selection and preparation/colour separation using software
  • Screen: Mesh sizes, screen selection and care
  • The process of transferring images to screen using photosensitive emulsion and exposure unit
  • Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, troubleshooting, creating multiple colour prints
  • Studio health & safety/best practice

Derek O’ Sullivan is an artist, printmaker, technician and tutor.

He has taught with LP for many years and is an expert on all things silkscreen related.

 FEBRUARY

Course Title: Intro to Printmaking: 
A taste of Intaglio/Relief/ Monotype/ Silkscreen – 4 Wks

Date: Sun 17th Feb – Sun 10th March

Time: 11am – 1.30pm

Full Price €130

Reduced Rate €110

Studio Members Rate €98

 LP has devised a new introductory printmaking course that will guide participants through the basics of multiple forms of printmaking over four weeks. 

This course is ideal for those who would like to sample an overview of some of the main forms of printmaking in a relaxed setting.

The course is open to everyone, from those who have never made a print before to those who may be proficient in some forms of print but would like to try others. 

Classes will be varied and challenging with an emphasis on enjoyment and supported, 

inclusive learning.

Each week, tutor Kate McElligott will teach the basics of different methods of printmaking:

  • Monotype
  • Relief printmaking – linocuts & woodblocks.
  •      Silkscreen Printmaking – Demo of steps & printing of the small image by each participant.
  •      Intaglio printmaking – etching using both the drypoint method and copper etchings using soft/hard grounds.

The course is designed to increase the participant’s knowledge of printmaking across multiple mediums and to support the skills development of skills.

LP also offers more specialised follow on courses in these methods of printmaking for those who wish to explore specific techniques in more detail after this course.

LP limits course sizes to ensure one-on-one feedback and support 

and all materials are provided as part of the course fee.

Kate McElligott is a practising printmaker who was jointly awarded the LP Printmaking Bursary in 2015, culminating in a joint solo exhibition. 

Her work features in many private collections. 

She is currently undertaking an MA in Professional Teaching Practice.

FEBRUARY

Course Title: Collograph Printmaking with Carborundum 

& Etched Lino

Date: Sat/Sun 23rd/24th Feb

Time: 10 am – 4 pm on both days

Full Price €150

Reduced Rate €128

Studio Members Rate €113

Collograph is a printing technique that is highly tactile, adaptable & one that both encourages and rewards experimentation. 

The collographic process relates to printing an image from a printing ‘plate’ made of cardboard or wood. 

The plate is the base of your image before additional different surfaces materials, fibers and shapes are added. 

These can be layered up in order to create a detailed and textured printing plate that can then be varnished, inked up and printed using a printing press.

Substances such as sandpapers, textiles e.g. lace, bubble wrap, string or fine rope, cut card and textured wallpaper, acrylic texture mediums, carborundum, leaves, and grass 

can all be used to create the collagraph plate/image.

The use of etched lino is also incorporated in this course. 

Etched lino is made by applying a caustic soda based solution to the surface of a piece of lino. The solution etches into the lino, creating a range of interesting surface markings.

The variety of media and techniques included allows participants to make creative decisions in relation to every aspect of their work.

This course will include:

  • Making/constructing your collograph plate.
  • Discussion & selection of various materials – provided by LP.
  • Discussion & selection of various materials – additional materials can be brought by those taking part in the course if desired.
  • Demo of how caustic solution is made and applied, completion of a piece of etched lino for each participant.
  • Printing your plates: Safe use of presses, inking up, registration of your plate, troubleshooting etc.
  • Studio health & safety/best practice

Suzannah O’ Reilly is a hugely prolific artist, printmaker and tutor.

She is also co-founder and co-director of Parallel Editions, a fine art print editioning company based in Limerick city.

MARCH

Course Title: Photo-etching Weekend

Date: 23rd/24th March

Time: 10 am – 5 pm on both days

Full Price €160

Reduced Rate €136

Studio Members Rate €120

Always a popular course and method, photo etching allows participants to reproduce photographic imagery as a print. 

This technique can enrich the work of artists, printmakers, film students, photographers & anyone with an interest in these fields. 

Such a course would also suit those who would like to make a creative project using family or historical photographs.

The process involves a photo-sensitive film being applied to a metal plate. 

The desired image is exposed to transparency using a UV light. 

After developing, the plate is ready to print and in time, 

to combine with various other effects & techniques.

This is a really exciting method to explore as the results are photo realistic with

high levels of detail. 

Any type of image can be used whether it is hand drawn or photographic. 

Inking, wiping and printing as well as registration and paper types will also be covered during the course and no previous printmaking experience is necessary.

Suzannah O’ Reilly is an accomplished artist & printmaker who has exhibited broadly both nationally & internationally. 

She is highly experienced as a tutor & sits on the board of directors in Limerick Printmakers.

MARCH

Title Step by Step Silkscreen: Intensive Weekend

Dates 23rd/24th March
Duration 
Weekend
Time 10 am – 5 pm both days

Tutor Derek O’ Sullivan

Full Price €165

Reduced Rate €140

LP Studio Members Rate €124

The recognition and popularity of silkscreen printmaking are constant both here in LP and other studios around the world. 

It’s adaptable, visually striking, and supports high volume production – in other words, 

you can make great prints, and make a large edition of them if you wish!

Silkscreen is highly versatile as it can incorporate text, photographic imagery, sketches and mark – making, plus many layers of colour. 

The method produces really clean, punchy images with a strong graphic quality that understandably appeals to a huge range of people who enjoy visual art in its many forms – graphic design, typography, photography, printmaking and design. 

In silkscreen, details stay crisp and sharp while colour pops off the page! 

This means it’s ideal for creating posters, flyers, signage, text and line based imagery, 

and striking layered colour prints of photographs. It’s a hugely versatile form of art.

The process itself involves transferring an image to a mesh screen. 

The treated image blocks out the negative space so that when ink is firmly pressed through the screen using a squeegee, only the desired areas are printed onto the paper/fabric.

Use of all tools and materials are included in the course fee.

LP’s two-day intensive course will guide you through the entire process with full support from LP’s silkscreen tutor Derek O’ Sullivan. 

This course will include:

  • Studio health & safety/best practice
  • Image selection and preparation/colour separation using software
  • Screen: Mesh sizes, screen selection and care
  • The process of transferring images to screen using photosensitive emulsion and exposure unit
  • Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, troubleshooting, creating multiple colour prints
  • Information on cleaning/storage of screens

Derek O’ Sullivan is an artist, printmaker, technician and tutor.

He has taught with LP for many years and is an expert on all things silkscreen related.

APRIL

 Course Title: Multi Copper Plate Etching with Aquatint 
Weekend Course

Date: Sat/Sun 13th/14th April

Time: 10 am – 5 pm on both days

Full Price €175

Reduced Rate €150

Studio Members Rate €132

This intensive weekend course is aimed at anyone who has a basic understanding of etching and would like to develop their knowledge 

while also incorporating tonal shading through the aquatint technique.

Intaglio printmaking refers to the printmaking technique, usually involving working on metal or perspex plates, 

whereby marks are made/etched on the surface. 

It is these etched lines and marks that form the image when ink is applied to the plate. 

The aquatint process involves applying a powdered resin that results in the addition of various tones to an existing line etching. 

Aquatint in built up in layers to allow for a range of darker and lighter tonal areas within one print.

 Participants will be shown how best to apply ground to their plates, how to transfer their images from page to plate, how to approach various ways of working onto their plate, plus registration of and printing their plate before learning about the aquatint process and completing the steps involved. 

These include stopping out a design, graduations of bite and its effects on an image, corrections and proofing the plate, and registration and printing of both plates.

Use of all tools and materials are included in the course fee.

Suzannah O’ Reilly is an accomplished artist & printmaker who has exhibited broadly both nationally & internationally. She is highly experienced as a tutor & sits on the board of directors in Limerick Printmakers.

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For more information about Limerick Printmakers Spring 2019 contact [email protected] for more details or visit www.limerickprintmakers.com.

 

 

 

 

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