Discovering Printmaking: Screenprinting (six-session workshop)

Have you ever wanted to learn screenprinting, a versatile and quick form of printmaking? In this workshop you’ll learn to transfer your designs and sketches to a film positive, burn it to a screen and register and print multiples on paper or fabric. Our studio uses non-toxic water-based inks and cleaning techniques. I’ll show you how to use hand-cut adhesive stencils, hand-drawn screen filler stencils and photo stencils in you work, building up rich and full images. You’ll mix colors, use inks and additives, and layer inks to build up transparent and opaque color.

We’ll also visit the Print Study Room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see screenprints from their collection: WPA, Warhol and more!

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Students will be able to prepare images on screens using adhesive stencils, filler stencils, and photo stencils

  • Handle printmaking paper, mix colors, sign prints

  • Students will be able to break down an image into color layers and mix opaque or transparent inks for printing

  • Work in the community setting of the silkscreen studio with shared materials and equipment; clean and reclaim screens; clean work area and tools

Start the term with these supplies:

  • Sketchbook/notebook, and something to write with

  • Also, if possible, please bring any sketches or examples of previous artwork that you think could become ideas for silkscreen

Other supplies will be discussed in the first class:

  • Protective gloves, such as dishwashing type*

  • Water-based Textile or Permanent Acrylic Screenprinting Inks, in 8-oz. containers [note: do not bring water-soluble inks — read labels carefully.] Definitely buy black, white, and the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. You may, of course, buy any other colors you like

  • Plastic pint- or quart-size containers with lids for storing mixed ink

  • Printmaking paper (archival rag paper) — at least 4 sheets, 22 X 30 inches * Recommended: Lennox and Arches 88 Silkscreen, or any smooth printmaking paper — such as Rives BFK, Arches Cover, Stonehenge, etc.

  • 18 X 24-inch newsprint paper pad *

  • Roll of masking tape, 3/4- inch to 1-inch wide *

  • Portfolio — may be low-priced cardboard variety

  • Storage for inks and class supplies: cardboard box, plastic box, or a sturdy bag

Items marked with an asterisk are are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.