Introduction to screen printing: 5 week course in Bristol

Printing with a squeegee


This course is ideal for complete beginners or as a refresher for those with some experience of screen printing. The course covers all stages of the print process including artwork preparation, working with stencils including both photo stencils and handcut paper; colour mixing, paper registration and printing multilayered prints. The small number of students (maximum 3) means that participants can learn at their own rate. The course is structured so that students learn skills by working on individual projects. Below is an outline of how the five weeks typically runs, but it may vary according to individuals students own learning pace/previous experience.

Each week includes a break (with tea and snacks) to look at a selected professional screenprint artist, and show the widely differing approaches available using this versatile process.
The time span in the five week course enables students to prepare additional artwork at home as the course runs, and thus allows students to be more productive, and develop a deeper understanding of the whole process from artwork creation through to printing, than is possible on the one day course.

Week 1: Straight into printing.
The first session of this course sees students hand-cutting and printing using paper stencils as the best way of getting and understanding of the process. In this session we will also look at ways of preparing artwork produce more sophisticated prints using the photo stencil technique. Homework: Students will select/prepare artwork (drawings, photos, text, or any combination of these) to bring in to the second session.

Week 2: Artwork preparation.
Students will work on the images they have brought in order to make them 'screen ready'. This will also involve preparation of additional artwork to create screen prints with layered colour. Students will begin process of transferring their images onto screens using photo stencils.

Week 3: Screen ready!
Students continue the process of screen preparation, and we begin colour mixing, print registration, and will begin printing their own projects.

Week 4: Print like mad.
Students continue with their projects, or if completed can begin another short project.

Week 5: You can screenprint!
You are on a roll! Complete projects and finish by taking home a big stack of prints.

Screen print - a quick explanation
Screen printing is best thought of as a print process that uses stencils to build up an image. The stencil is attached to the screen, a fine nylon mesh attached to a frame. The image is printed by draggingg a squeegee at pressure across the screen, pushing ink through the fine mesh in the ‘open’ areas of the stencil onto paper, fabric, or any flat surface.
There are different ways of making stencils, traditionally using cut paper. The modern process of stencil making involves coating the screen with a light sensitive paste which uses a process similar to darkroom photography to expose the image onto the screen. This type of stencil allows greater detail than paper stencils, and enables drawings, photographic images and text to be screenprinted. For each colour you intend to print there needs to be a separate stencil. The printed image is built up using layers.

Click through at the link above for bookings or get in touch with any questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials, inks and equipment, fresh coffee, teas and snacks. Standard cartridge paper is included as well as an allowance of high quality Fabriano print paper, more of which can be purchased from the tutor at cost price. Please bring some change for purchase of any additional paper and an A3 folder to take your work home in.

Ability level
No art experience or drawing ability required, just an interest in the screenprint process. Under 16's can take part if accompanied by a participating adult.

Disabilty and access
Access to the studio is on the first floor via a flight of stairs. Screen printing requires some wrist strength (just regular fitness), and requires the student to stand while printing.

About the tutor
I am a printmaker specializing in screen print. Although initially studying painting at Portsmouth Polytechnic, l later became interested in print, and discovered the joys of screen printing while studying for an MA in Printmaking in at Chelsea College of Art in 1990. I hold a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and have been teaching screen printing to all ages and abilities for over a decade.

About the Studio and equipment
My studio within the Centrespace studio block is a light and airy space of two rooms with an adjoining cubicle for washing screens. One room houses the print equipment and one is for design and drawing work. The print room uses much low tech and self built equipment and includes four printing stations (two tabletop setups and two vacuum beds), an exposure unit, and marble racks for drying artwork. The drawing room includes desk space for three and a large lightbox.

Cancellation by participants
Please note that due to to small number of participants in each workshop, any refunds or postponement will be dependant on whether the cancelled place can be reassigned.

Cancellations by tutor
In the event that it is necessary to cancel a workshop due to lack of uptake or illness, participants will receive a full refund. If the tutor has to cancel a single evening session, we will try to arrange an extra date that all participants can attend. If this is not possible for all appropriate partial refund will be given.

Coronavirus Info for Simon Tozer Screenprint workshop participants:

To be able to run workshops in my studio as safely as possible while there is a risk of infection from Coronavirus, l have considered how best l can reduce the potential for transmission of the virus between workshop participants, other users of the building, and myself. To this end l have made changes to how the space is used during workshops, and am undertaking additional hygiene measures before and during workshops. Having said this, the workshop is not large and, although there will always only be a maximum of three participants, please note it will not always be possible to maintain a 2 metre distance between people.

Measures l am taking:
Touch points will be disinfected prior to the workshop including tools, equipment and door handles.
There will be a visitor specific toilet, which will be disinfected prior to the workshop.
Antibacterial gel will be provided, as well as soap for handwashing.
Disposable gloves will be provided.
Sharing of equipment, materials and tools will be minimized.
Extra hygiene care will be taken with the provision of refreshments.
Participants will receive instruction on Covid safe practice in the workshop.
Aprons will be washed prior to every workshop.
Visitor specific toilet

Guidelines for workshop participants:
Do not attend if you have possible symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has. We can reschedule your workshop.
Bring a face covering with you - and be aware that you may be asked to wear it.
Use the handwash provided on entering and leaving the building.
Ideally email your artwork to me in advance.
Bring a folder or a couple of pieces of card with you (at least 40 x 30cm) for you to take your prints home in.

If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Simon Tozer at Simon Tozer
Centrespace, Studio 4
6 Leonard Lane

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5 weeks (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

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