Suitable for ages 16+.
Class size 4 max.
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Screen printing offers many creative ways to develop editions of artworks. In this one-day workshop you will learn a key screen printing technique – how to create photo stencils. This is a hands on session that will take you through the whole process and arm you with tips to get the best results.
With this technique you make a stencil using a photographic process. Marks can be textured or clean line, large blocks of colour or fine detail. The original artwork is created in black and white, and the stencil can be printed in a single colour or a gradient of colours.
The day begins with discussion of the process and examples artworks created at Medway Fine Printmakers, to see the range of marks that you can reproduce with screen print design. Then it’s on to reclaiming a screen with a high pressure washer, so that it is clean and ready to use. We’ll coat the dry screens with photo emulsion, and while they’re drying in the dark, start preparing your artwork. Exposing the screen on the light box is next, then washing it out to create the stencil. Finally we’ll be printing the screen onto your choice of paper or textiles.
We have fabric printing tables to work on, or you can opt to use a printing board with hinge clamps. No experience is necessary, the class is suitable for beginners, and those wanting to refresh their screen printing skills.
We’ll take a break for lunch (there are cafes and shops nearby) but we are not able to offer refreshments or for lunch to be eaten on site at the moment. Sorry!
- Study of screen printed artwork
- Preparation of artwork
- Creation of an A4 or A3 sized photo stencil.
- Paper or fabric to print onto and all other materials
Open access sessions are available for people who have taken a screen printing course or have experience working with the equipment in our screen printing studio. It is recommended that you take the Screen Printing Workshop Two class to continue developing your skills and gain confidence to use the equipment on your own in the open access sessions.
If you have any questions about the course or payment, please call or send us an email.
Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. However, if you or someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms on the day of the course, or is recovering from recent symptoms, we ask you please not to attend. Contact us even if it is last minute and we’ll refund or book you in for another date.
You can either bring along artwork to use, or create / copy something on the day. The general rule for screen printing is to use clear black and white line art with good contrast, and avoid grey tones and shading. If you choose a photograph to work with it will need to be processed to more of a contrasty photocopy style. The dark areas should be as black as possible on inkjet print outs. You can bring along images on a memory stick, or print outs at A3 size (or two images at A4). If you don’t have your own design to work with, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books. Drawings with black Indian ink or chinagraph pencil on thin (80gsm) paper also work well with the screen printing process.
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