Screenprint, All Levels (Tuesday)

This printmaking workshop is open to screenprint artists of all levels of experience. Beginners are invited to learn the fundamentals of screenprinting. We will cover different screenprinting techniques including various screen stencils, block-outs, and color registration.

What you will learn in this class:

  • For the beginning student: the ability to pull a screenprint with expertise and confidence after both group and individual instruction

  • Understanding of the variety of stencil making techniques available for the screenprint artist

  • Learn about the unique characteristics and endless possibilities of the screenprint medium through its practice and through viewing examples of the screenprint medium

  • Goals are set regarding what each student hopes to achieve on the first day of class through showing examples of their previous artwork or sketches for ideas, both printed and non-printed

Start the term with these supplies:

  • Sketchbook/notebook and writing tool of your choice*

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

Additional supplies will be discussed on the first day of class, including:

  • 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 available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.