Tutor: Johnny Bugler
€300 (add promo code WelcomeBack to receive a 10% discount code on eventbrite!)
This course explores the principles of photo etching. Photo etching is an alternative to using acid to bite an incision into a plate. A copper plate is coated with a photo sensitive film; the artwork is then exposed onto the plate using a UV exposure unit. This process allows the artist to transfer autographic material such as negatives, drawings and photocopies.
Participants gain an understanding of how to set up the work space as well as how to handle printing equipment and tools. They learn how to make plates using photopolymer film and readymade Japanese ‘solarplates’. They also learn how to ink up the plates by hand and print them in a press in the traditional manner. This course also explores the basics of making art using this medium, and participants produce a series of prints. Suitable for beginners and those refreshing their skills.
Course tutor Johnny Bugler studied art in the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, and completed a Masters in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in London.
As an artist he has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of Arts Council awards for his work. His work is held in the collections of The National Gallery of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, Bank of New York and An Bord Pleanála. In 2014 he was selected by Cork City Council Arts office for the public art commission Singer’s Corner.
Image 1: Johnny Bugler teaching a course at Cork Printmakers in 2019
Image2 (detail): Johnny Bugler, Just Below the Surface, photo etching, 2007
Courses have a maximum of five participants. All precautions are taken for the safety of course participants & studio users in keeping with Cork Printmakers health and safety policy and Covid 19 policy.