This course is ideal for complete beginners or as a refresher for those with some experience of screenprinting. We use photographic stencil techniques rather than hand cut paper stencils. Both drawings and photographs can be printed using this technique. Students will need to prepare some imagery in advance of the course (I advise prior to the day on artwork preparation).
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.
At the end of the day you will have produced several prints, using at least two colours, and probably more. You may have a group of identical prints, or you might have a several prints that are all a little bit different, depending on how experimental you want to be.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.
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.
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Centrespace, Studio 4 6 Leonard Lane Bristol Bristol BS11EA