Screenprint (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 your 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.

Special Notes
This is an in-person class that will take place in our screenprint studio with strict social distancing protocols and a maximum of six students in the space. Students will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the class. 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 Friday, May 28.

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare images and screenprint using the photo emulsion process

  • How to tear printmaking paper and register paper

  • How to break down an image into color layers and mix opaque or translucent inks for printing

  • 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:

  • 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, which will be discussed on the first day of 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