Screenprinting Basics

Screenprinting 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 on paper or t-shirts. 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 onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

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:

  • 3-4 colors of Speedball water-based screenprinting ink (CMYK primaries or preferred colors)

  • 3-4 sheets of Rives BFK or other smooth printmaking paper as needed for independent project

  • 1-4 T-shirts or other clothing blanks

  • 1-2 colors of Speedball textile screenprinting ink

  • Thumb drive to bring in photo resources