Discovering Screenprint (five-day immersive 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.

What you will learn:

  • Students will be able to prepare images and screenprint using the photo emulsion process

  • Students will be able to handle printmaking paper, mix ink, and sign prints

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

  • Students will learn how to clean and reclaim screens, maintain work area and tools, and use the shared equipment properly in the community setting of the screen printing studio

Start the term with these supplies:

  • 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