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.
Once booked, LP will then arrange payment.
The LP team are here to answer your questions so please do get in touch.

LP COURSES: OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2022

TUES 4TH OCT – TUES 15TH NOV/ 6.30PM – 9PM
BUILD YOUR SKILLS: 7 WEEK SILKSCREEN Price €260/ With Discount €240

LP’s 7-week Build Your Skills: Silkscreen course is an excellent way in which to develop fluency across the key aspects of silkscreen. Participants are taught in a practical way, engaging with each step manually with full tutor support, while also learning through observing others in the group. Repetition across the weeks’ supports the development of new & more ambitious ideas as knowledge & confidence grows, alongside participant’s comfort level of working within the space. The course level is aimed at everyone from complete beginners & those who are eager to refresh or expand 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’ evening screen 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.

SAT 8TH & SUN 9TH OCT/10AM – 5PM ON BOTH DAYS
BOOK ASSEMBLAGE W/ PAINTERY SILKSCREEN
Price €180/ With Discount €165

LP are hosting an exciting weekend course for all levels this October, giving participants an opportunity to explore and experiment through two different & distinct processes over a single weekend – that of book assemblage and painterly silkscreen printmaking in an abstract style.

Tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly will first guide participants on printing using silkscreen without specific or preplanned designs. A range of colours will be available for participants to choose from, with combinations of blends of multiple colours encouraged to create unique abstract imagery through silkscreen.
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 artwork created during the course. Participants are also encouraged to bring any drawings and prints they may have previously made that they would like to consider including within their artist books.

This two-day course supports experimentation through exploring 2D & 3D techniques. Participants will develop a range of skills with full support of LP tutor Suzannah O’ Reilly and will create two artist books made up of their own imagery over the weekend.
All material costs are included in the course fee.

Please note that LP offers a range of specific silkscreen focused courses, while this course instead utilizes a silkscreen technique to create abstract artwork with each participant that will then be used in making artist books. If you are unsure as to which course best suits your needs, please call LP & we will be happy to advise.

SUNDAY 16TH OCT EXPERIMENT WITH MONOPRINT – 5 WAYS/ 10AM – 5PM
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 monoprints 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 several 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.

SUN 23RD OCT PRINT BASICS – RELIEF: LINOCUTS/ 10AM – 5PM
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 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 12TH & SUN 13TH NOV INTAGLIO: MULTI-PLATE COPPER ETCHING W AQUATINT
/10AM – 5PM ON BOTH DAYS
Price €190/ With Discount €175

Combine tone & line on this excellent weekend course from LP.
This intensive course is ideal for 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 marks made on the surface of a plate (metal, Perspex etc.) that when inked up & then wiped to retain the ink within those marks, forms the image that will be printed. Aquatint involves the application of 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
– to transfer their design
– mark making on their plate
– registration and printing of the plate before,

learning about the aquatint process and completing the steps involved with the technique –

– stopping out a design
– graduations of bite and its effects 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.

SAT 19TH & SUN 20TH NOV STEP BY STEP SILKSCREEN/ 10AM – 5PM ON BOTH DAYS
Price €190/ With Discount €175

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.

SUNDAY 4TH DEC CREATIVE COLLOGRAPHS/ 10AM – 5PM
Price €80/ With Discount €70

Collograph is a highly tactile & adaptable printing technique, with minimal technical knowledge required while being one of the more ecologically sound forms of printmaking.

The collograph process involves creating a ‘plate’ or matrix from cardboard or thin wood.
The plate forms the basis of your image, upon which a wide selection of different surface materials, fibers and shapes can be layered. Building these layers will result is a richly detailed and textured plate that will then be varnished, inked up and printed.

Materials such as sandpaper, textiles including lace, bubble wrap, string, cut card, textured wallpaper, masking tape, carborundum, & natural foliage can all be used to create the collagraph plate – it’s a really hands-on and imaginative form of printmaking that allows the piece to develop as the plate takes shape.

During this course, each participant will:

• Make their own collograph plates using an array of different materials – a wide selection will be provided by LP on the day but participants are welcome to bring additional textures if they desire.
• Varnishing plates.
• Learn how to then correctly print their plates while considering & learning about safe use of presses & adjusting pressure, ink application techniques, plate registration, troubleshooting etc.

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.

LP & COVID – UPDATED SEPTEMBER 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.

We are mindful that COVID has not completely left our communities & are committed to supporting everyone who engages with our studio in having the most enjoyable & safe experience possible.

OUR MEMBERS

  • David Lilburn

  • Dan Kenny

  • Ultan McAvinue

  • Carol Kennedy

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