Printmaking Courses

At the heart of Limerick Printmakers’ ethos lies
the belief that printmaking can and should be accessible to, and enjoyable for anyone developing an interest in the art form. From our city centre location,
we run a range of printmaking courses for adults throughout the year that appeal to individuals
from all backgrounds – from those who are learning about the possibilities of printmaking
for the first time to those who wish to refresh
their existing skills or develop them to a highly proficient level.

The appeal of printmaking lies in the fact that there is a huge array of different techniques
& skills available to the individual with varying levels of technical knowledge required.
LP strives to ensure our course programme accurately reflects the potential that printmaking
can offer each person and provides access to diverse and challenging methods.

LP has taught printmaking to people of every level of ability with very positive results.
LP also recognises that time is precious and often limited so offer maximum flexibility
by scheduling courses over half and full days, weekends and evenings.
You choose the level of commitment while LP provides the facility, expertise, and materials.

Our highly qualified tutors are all practising printmakers with ample teaching and facilitation experience. All courses are delivered utilising LP’s professional quality facilities and equipment.

Our Printmaking, Art & Photography Courses

– Silkscreen
– Silkscreen on Fabric
– Monoprint
– Woodblock
– Linocut
– Etching
– Photo Etching
– Aquatint
– Cyanotype
– Print for Primary Schools
– Beginners Combination Courses
– Weekend Courses – Combination Methods

If you have a specific course or method in mind that you would love to learn but is not listed above, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.

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Discount Policy

All courses are priced to be as affordable and accessible as possible, with a discount
provided for seniors, students and those not currently working.

LP studio members can avail of a 25% discount on all LP courses.

* Confirmation of an individual’s status will be requested at the time of booking in order to avail of a discount. Individuals will be asked to provide I.D./documentation to confirm their eligibility for the discount requested.

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Simply call or email to book a place on any of our courses & we can arrange payment.
The LP team are also here to answer your questions so please do get in touch.

LP COURSES: MARCH TO JUNE 2022

SUNDAY 6th MARCH EXPERIMENT WITH MONOPRINT
Price €80/ With Discount €70

This course is ideal for complete beginners to printmaking, artists seeking to use
their existing skills in a new way, printmakers seeking to experiment with a non-toxic,
tactile process, & anyone who would like to try something fun and new
that could then be continued at home with a few basic tools.
Monoprinting is a low tech for of printmaking technique that involves applying ink
to the surface of a smooth plate to create images. With simplicity comes freedom!
The beauty of monoprint is that the application of ink can result in many different effects
& results & the process has a very painterly, experimental quality to it.
Unlike other forms of printmaking, each monoprint is entirely unique.
During this engaging one-day course, tutor Áine Finnegan will guide participants through multiple ink application techniques.
The course will teach different monoprint techniques & styles including:

· Additive – Drawing directly/ working into an inked surface using a range of tools to create different marks before printing.
· Subtractive – Applying a sheet of paper over the inked plate and making marks on the back of the piece of paper.
The pressure will lift ink from the acrylic sheet to leave an image of what you have drawn on your paper.
· Painting with Ink – Directly onto a clean plate before printing over another printed background.
· Stencils – Allows for certain areas to remain clear or to be filled in with other colours/ mark-making.
· Textured monoprints -Incorporating the use of textured surfaces such as papers, feathers etc. into your prints.

Each participant can experiment with a combination of techniques and will finish the course with a selection of their own handmade prints.
Please note that in order to maximise the learning opportunities within this one-day course,
all plates supplied/ created will be A4 or smaller.
Use of all tools and materials are included in the course fee and we encourage participants
to bring any collages/ sketches/ ideas that they may like to work from with them on the day.

SAT 12th & SUN 13th MARCH STEP BY STEP SILKSCREEN
Price €185/ With Discount €170

LP’s Step-by-Step Silkscreen weekend course is a comprehensive introduction to learning
the process of silkscreen. Participants will learn in a practical way, completing each step themselves & also learning through observing others in the group, with full tutor support.
The course level is aimed both at beginners & those who are eager to refresh their existing silkscreen skills.
Silkscreen is a hugely popular print method as it’s so versatile.
It’s a print method that can encompass so much – text, photographic imagery, sketches
and mark–making, plus many layers of colour. Silkscreen produces clean, punchy images with a strong graphic quality and more refined, delicate images. Details stay crisp and sharp while colour pops off the page.
LP’ weekend course is ideal for those eager to get to grips with the basics of silkscreen in order to work towards creating their own printed t’s, totes, photographs, posters, flyers & artwork.

Step-by-Step Silkscreen will cover:
· Image selection and conversion of imagery using common software
· How to transfer images to screen & exposure of screens
· Using equipment safely
· Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, trouble shooting, creating two colour prints
· Cleaning/ maintenance of screens

All material costs are included in the course fee.
Please note that due to social distancing & space considerations, each step of the process may be repeated multiple times. This may mean that there may be very short periods of waiting at key learning points to ensure all participants have an opportunity to absorb the necessary information.

SAT 2nd & SUN 3rd APRIL BOOK ASSEMBLAGE & CYANOTYPE
Price €180/ With Discount €165

LP are hosting an exciting weekend course for both beginners & intermediate learners
this April, giving participants an opportunity to explore and experiment with two different
& distinct processes over a single weekend – that of book assemblage and cyanotype.
Tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly will first introduce the cyanotype process, which was traditionally used in creating blueprints for buildings & machinery, named as such because of the beautifully strong hues of blue the process produced.
The course will begin with an overview of the process before moving to the darkroom
where the group will learn how to coat paper with the light reactive cyanotype solution,
before experimenting with exposures that incorporate the use of stencils, 2D & 3D items,
text and sketches on perspex etc. in order to create images.
Course participants will also explore how to tint their cyanotypes with ink & dyes to broaden the colour palette within their artwork, before learning how to correctly wash and dry their prints.
Suzannah will also teach two forms of book assemblage, with the group each making both
a flexigon (accordion book), & an origami star-book using paper & sections of participant’s own cyanotypes.
Participants are also encouraged to bring any drawings and prints they may have previously made that they would like to consider including in their book assemblages.

All material costs are included in the course fee.
This two-day course encourages experimentation through exploring multiple techniques
that combine 2D & 3D work. Participants will develop a range of skills with full support of LP tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly and will create a selection of work over the weekend.

SAT 23rd & SUN 24th APRIL STEP BY STEP SILKSCREEN
Price €185/ With Discount €170

LP’s Step-by-Step Silkscreen weekend course is a comprehensive introduction to learning
the process of silkscreen. Participants will learn in a practical way, completing each step themselves & also learning through observing others in the group, with full tutor support.
The course level is aimed both at beginners & those who are eager to refresh their existing silkscreen skills.
Silkscreen is a hugely popular print method as it’s so versatile.
It’s a print method that can encompass so much – text, photographic imagery, sketches
and mark–making, plus many layers of colour. Silkscreen produces clean, punchy images with a strong graphic quality and more refined, delicate images. Details stay crisp and sharp while colour pops off the page.
LP’ weekend course is ideal for those eager to get to grips with the basics of silkscreen in order to work towards creating their own printed t’s, totes, photographs, posters, flyers & artwork.

Step-by-Step Silkscreen will cover:
· Image selection and conversion of imagery using common software
· How to transfer images to screen & exposure of screens
· Using equipment safely
· Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, trouble shooting, creating two colour prints
· Cleaning/ maintenance of screens

All material costs are included in the course fee.
Please note that due to social distancing & space considerations, each step of the process may be repeated multiple times. This may mean that there may be very short periods of waiting at key learning points to ensure all participants have an opportunity to absorb the necessary information.

SAT 7th MAY PRINT BASICS – RELIEF: LINOCUTS
Price €75/ With Discount €65

LP’s PRINT BASICS – RELIEF: LINOCUTS course is designed to provide participants
with a firm grounding in, and understanding of a core method of printmaking
while also showcasing its possibilities.
This one-day course will focus on the highly recognizable relief technique of linocut,
a print technique that many people may recall from their school days.

A linocut is a type of relief, or block print, and bears a lot of similarities to woodblock printing.
Essentially, the artist carves an image into a linoleum (lino) block and the remaining surface
of the block is inked and printed. The lines that are carved away do not receive any ink
so it is those lines that form the image in contrast with the inked surface.

The course is designed for beginners or those seeking a refresher in relief printmaking.
During the one-day course, participants will learn about designing & transferring an image
to a piece of lino,safe carving technique, registering a print & inking up, before printing
multiples using a professional studio press or by hand (using a spoon or barren).
Each participant will print several small linocuts (approx. A6 in size)
using simple designs, patterns and images of their choice.

Course sizes are strictly limited in order to ensure each participant has ample group
& individual learning opportunities and the focus is centred on a fun and enjoyable learning experience in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
All material costs are included in the course fee.

SAT 14th & SUN 15th MAY INTAGLIO W/ AQUATINT WEEKEND
Price €190/ With Discount €175

This intensive weekend course is suitable for anyone who has a basic understanding of intaglio printmaking and would like to develop their knowledge & experience of the entire process,
through to those who are experienced printmakers/ artists seeking to incorporate the aquatint technique in their practice.

Intaglio printmaking refers to the lines & marks that make up an image on the surface
of a plate that is then etched with acid before the plate is cleaned, inked up & printed.
The etched image on the plate will retain ink & form the image when printed.
While etching produces line imagery to an excellent standard, it cannot create tonal areas within a print.
The application of the aquatint technique to etched plates allows for the introduction
of tonal qualities to line imagery. The process involves the application of powdered resin
that creates tonal areas on a plate. Aquatint can be 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 soft and hard ground to their plates
before ‘drawing’ on their plates, how to transfer their design, mark making on their plate,
and registration and printing of the plate; before engaging with the aquatint process
– stopping out a design, graduations of tone and their impact on an image, corrections
and proofing the plate, and registration and printing of the both plates.
Use of all tools and materials are included in the course fee.

SUN 11th & SUN 12th JUNE INTENSIVE PHOTO ETCHING WEEKEND
Price €190/ With Discount €175

LP’ Photo Etching course will bring participants through the full photo etching process,
with each participant completing the course with a set of prints made using their own photos.
Photo etching transforms photography by exposing imagery onto a light sensitive plate,
which can then be printed using a traditional printing press. This method does not employ
the use of any acids and recreates digital and photographic imagery with high quality detail
and definition.
The two-day course will cover all aspects of the process, from preparing and transferring imagery to plates using light activated materials and equipment, to inking and wiping techniques, registering your plate/ paper to ensure proper placement, safe use
of professional printing presses, and trouble-shooting any minor challenges that may arise.

The benefits of the photo etching method are that the image on the plate retains its photo- realistic qualities while providing opportunities to reproduce imagery in a number of new
and different ways, and through an extended colour palette.
This can provide an entirely new way of interpreting or working with existing photographs
or imagery.
This course will develop participants knowledge and skill level and is aimed at those
entirely new to printmaking, along with artists, printmakers, film students, and photographers
seeking to up-skill and experiment within their practice.
LP’s photo etching weekend course may also appeal to those interested in presenting
or preserving family or historical photographs in a creative new way.
No previous printmaking experience is necessary.
Please note that due to time considerations, all work created will be A6 – A4 in size,
with each participant having the chance to make more than one plate using their own source imagery.
LP courses are limited to six people in order to maximize direct tutor support and advice.
The use of tools and all materials are included in the course fee.

SAT 25th & SUN 26th JUNE STEP BY STEP SILKSCREEN
Price €185/ With Discount €170

LP’s Step-by-Step Silkscreen weekend course is a comprehensive introduction to learning
the process of silkscreen. Participants will learn in a practical way, completing each step themselves & also learning through observing others in the group, with full tutor support.
The course level is aimed both at beginners & those who are eager to refresh their existing silkscreen skills.
Silkscreen is a hugely popular print method as it’s so versatile.
It’s a print method that can encompass so much – text, photographic imagery, sketches
and mark–making, plus many layers of colour. Silkscreen produces clean, punchy images with a strong graphic quality and more refined, delicate images. Details stay crisp and sharp while colour pops off the page.
LP’ weekend course is ideal for those eager to get to grips with the basics of silkscreen in order to work towards creating their own printed t’s, totes, photographs, posters, flyers & artwork.

Step-by-Step Silkscreen will cover:
· Image selection and conversion of imagery using common software
· How to transfer images to screen & exposure of screens
· Using equipment safely
· Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, trouble shooting, creating two colour prints
· Cleaning/ maintenance of screens

All material costs are included in the course fee.
Please note that due to social distancing & space considerations, each step of the process may be repeated multiple times. This may mean that there may be very short periods of waiting at key learning points to ensure all participants have an opportunity to absorb the necessary information.

LP & COVID – MARCH 2022

While government guidelines have been significantly relaxed, we ask that all course participants assist us in maintaining some common-sense measures such as remaining respectful of others personal space, making use of LP’ hand-washing and sanitation facilities as desired, and respecting everyone’s comfort level regarding the absence of/wearing of masks during any of our courses.

LP will continue to ensure the studio is well ventilated and encourages course participants
to take fresh air breaks as they see fit, and in order to minimise any potential spread the studio will remain closed to others during its courses over the coming months.
We are mindful that COVID still exists within our communities & are committed to supporting everyone who engages with our studio in having the most enjoyable & safe experience possible.

LP TUTORS

Áine Finnegan is a printmaker and designer working in the field of visual communication.
A past joint recipient of LP’ Graduate Printmaking Bursary, her work features in multiple private collections.

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.

LP tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly is an internationally recognised artist, printmaker and educator.
She is a lecturer in Limerick School of Art and Design, and co-founder/ co-director of Parallel Editions, a fine art print editioning company based in Limerick city.

LP tutor Ultan McAvinue is an experienced printmaker, facilitator, and a highly skilled technician. He also sits on the board of directors of Limerick Printmakers.

OUR MEMBERS

  • Ultan McAvinue

  • Cecily Kenny

  • Fiona Quill

  • Clare Blackwell

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