Printmaking Workshops for Children

Suitable for 10-12 year olds

11am - 1pm

22, 23, 24 July 2014


Black Church Print Studio is offering a new three-day printmaking workshop suitable for 10 to 12 year olds. It will run across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of July, 2014, from 11am - 1pm daily. The price of the workshop is €75 for the 3 days. Places are limited to a maximum of 12 Children.


Workshops will be facilitated by printmaking tutor Elaine Leader and 2 assistant printmakers.

This printmaking workshops will explore a number of different print techniques, and the children will work towards producing their own artworks to take home.

The children will be encouraged to work in a fun, playful and creative way, while discovering the endless possibilities that printmaking offers. They will be introduced to the concept of print, and will explore in an imaginative way using line, colour and pattern, various print techniques including Drypoint etching, Monoprinting & Relief and T-shirt printing. Participants will have the opportunity to design and print their own t-shirts, as well as produce a series of limited edition original prints. A collection of illustrations/references/source material will be available to provide inspiration.

Participants will be asked to bring along a white t-shirt to print onto. All other materials will be provided.

A child protection policy will be in place for all projects in line with Children First National Guidelines for the protection and welfare of children.


What is drypoint?
An Intaglio Drypoint plate can be made using a small sheet of clear plastic like acetate. A drawing is scratched onto the surface of this plastic sheet using something like a sharpened nail. This scratched surface is then inked up by dragging ink across it. This surface is then cleaned back so that the ink only stays in the scratched areas. It is printed using dampened cotton paper, which is put through a hand operated etching press. A number of limited edition prints can be printed onto cotton Fabriano paper and coloured using the Chine colle method as well as hand colouring.


What is Relief Printing?
Relief printing is a method used to make multiple images, in which ink is transferred under pressure to paper or another support by the raised parts of a prepared printing block, surface or texture. These can be produced using wood blocks, lino or styrofoam sheets.


What is monoprinting?
Monoprinting is a form of printing that uses only one colour or a single impression of an image that is from a reprintable block like metal plate. It is the only form of print making where images or lines can only be made once. One of the major characteristic of this technique is that no prints are alike.

Hazel Burke (General Manager) - info@blackchurchprint.ie | +353 1 677 3629