September 20, 2018

Step-by Step Silkscreen Weekend Course at Limerick Printmakers

The recognition and popularity of silkscreen printmaking is constant both here in LP and other studios around the world. It’s adaptable, visually striking, and supports high volume production.

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.

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.

This course will include:

β€’ Studio health and safety
β€’ Image selection and preparation/colour separation using software
β€’ Screen: Mesh sizes, screen selection and care
β€’ Process of transferring images to screen using photo sensitive emulsion and exposure unit
β€’ Printing: Registration of image, ink & paper selection, printing technique, trouble shooting, creating multiple colour prints

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.

Dates: Sat/Sun 29th/30th September
Times: 10am – 5pm on both days
Fee: €165/ 15% discount available for seniors/students/those not in f/t time work
Location: Limerick Printmakers, Bridgeland House, 3 Johns Square, Limerick
Booking: Contact LP on +353 (0) 61 311806/email

Step-by Step Silkscreen Weekend Course at Limerick Printmakers