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Screen printing one - photo stencils for paper or textiles

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About the Course

Screen printing is a hugely enjoyable and versatile printmaking method that can be used to develop editions of fine artworks, repeat patterns on textiles, prints on flat wood/metal/acrylic etc. or to make merchandise such as posters, T-shirts or packaging.

In this one-day workshop you will learn a key screen printing technique – how to create photo stencils. This hands on session will take you through the whole process, 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 designs. 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 light sensitive 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.

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 good cafes nearby), and you can have a look our other printing facilities or the library if you want to in this time.

The class is led by Xtina Lamb who has many years of experience screen printing, and who co-founded Medway Fine Printmakers. The print studio is a very friendly place, with lots of supportive people, a relaxed atmosphere, and a great community of talented artists who visit to use the facilities regularly.

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?

Workshop includes:
- Study of screen printed artwork examples
- Detailed preparation of artwork
- Creation of a photo stencil from your A4 or A3 sized artwork
- All materials and equipment required for the workshop are included: drawing materials, print outs, emulsion, silkscreen frames, squeegees, paper or fabric to print onto etc.
- Teas and coffee will be served on arrival, and available through the day. There will be a break for lunch and you can either bring sandwiches or find something nice to eat at a choice of neighbouring cafes.

After taking this screen printing course you are able to book to use the screen printing equipment during open access sessions.


Xtina Lamb at Medway Fine Printmakers CIC
INTRA, 337 - 341 High Street
Rochester, Medway
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Next available date

1st November 2020


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A very educational day. I am 70years old and never want to give up learning new things. The day was filled with expertly delivered information, fun and was very interesting. I was very pleased with the products that were achieved by the 3 of us in the class. Great experience. Thank you.

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