Discovering Printmaking: Screenprint

Screen-printing is an easy and versatile print technique for quickly making multiples for craft or fine art. You will learn hand-drawn and photo stencil processes, how to mix ink colors, how to break down an image into stencil layers, and how to pull a clean print. I’ll show you how to make stencils by hand and with photo stencils for your work. By the end of the semester you should be able to take home a multi-colored edition to be proud of.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

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

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

  • Students will be able to set up an efficient print station, print a clean edition, and work productively in a shared studio space.

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencil

  • Sharpie

  • One roll of masking tape

Midway through the semester students will need these supplies:

  • Three to four colors of Speedball Water-based screenprinting ink (CMYK primaries or preferred colors)

  • Three to four sheets of Rives BFK or other smooth printmaking paper as needed for independent project

  • Thumb drive to bring in photo resources

  • Protective gloves, such as dishwashing type

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

  • 18×24 inch newsprint paper pad

  • Roll of masking tape, 1 inch wide

  • Portfolio to protect paper — may be low-priced cardboard variety

  • Storage for inks and class supplies: cardboard box, plastic box, or a sturdy bag. Locker rental required for on-site storage.