The course is run by Daniel Lipstein who is a professional printmaker, he holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the print faculty of NCAD. A member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2002, Daniel has won several national awards and his work is held in numerous public collections in Ireland.

The classes will be starting from the 8th of October 2017 and will take place every second Sunday, 10am-2pm.  Before coming please notify by email or 086 3363504 by phone of participation as we need to know amount of plates and paper to bring, maximum 8 participants per class.

Materials and instruments are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own favourite oil colours, brushes, items for Colographs, favourite paper, and source material.

Cost: €65 for TAW members, €35 for Trinity Student TAW members.

The course is designed to facilitated participants in the skills and traditions of printmaking. The first part of the course is non chemical printmaking focusing on Monoprints, Dry-point, Carborundum, Chine Cole and Multi-plates registration. Each stage aims to facilitate the participants in creating finished artworks. Each one of the disciplines is suitable for the creation of accomplished prints, using that discipline alone, though in the same time each skill supports the other, and combined together, we can create intriguing and very attractive fine art prints.

One can join the classes at any stage, pop in style, and follow the direction described below in his or her own natural pace, each person will be treated individually while motivated by the design of the course.

The first stage will focus on Monoprinting. This is a skill that introduces the artist to the printing press, and it also allows the creation of accomplished and finished works. Some professional printmakers establish their whole career on doing Monoprints.

The second stage will focus on two plates registration with Monoprints and introduction to Dry-point. Each participant will receive a sheet of plastic plate to work on at home and bring to the next class to print.

In the third stage we will do Monoprints, Dry-point and two plates registration with Monoprints and Dry-point.

The fourth stage will focus on carborundum prints integrating the previously learnt skills with plates registration. The emphasis will be on preparation of plates for carborundum laying, preparation of the paste and painting with carborundum on the plate.

The fifth stage will deal with carborundum, dry point, plate registration and chine cole, and we will also learn how to create small editions.

The course will also explore the immensely creative possibilities of Colographs.

The non chemical part of the course also includes linocut and mezzotint which we’ll explain. Participants who desire to work in these skills can acquire the plates and instruments and a Mezzotint Rocker.

For printmaking it is important to understand paper and know how to treat it with degrees of dampness suitable for different techniques. It is also essential to have a good understanding of tones and colours and know colour theory. These and other subjects, like analysing the works of skilled printmakers, will also be covered throughout the course.

This is the first part of the course, the none chemical printmaking. These skills allow the creation of accomplished works and editions. This is also a thorough preparation for the second part of the course, Etching and Aquatint, which we will be ready to do at some stage next year.