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About the Course
Explore silkscreen, experiment using a combination of photo collage, stencils, wax tjanting, mono printing and mark making to invent exciting effects and use a variety of different methods to produce interesting screens. Combine and overprint to create unique and distinctive prints.
The course will explore silkscreen printing. Students will learn how to stretch a screen, and how to make different types of screen prints. These methods will include cutting and tearing paper stencils, coating the stretched screen with a photo sensitive emulsion. Students will design photographic and hand drawn images that can then be exposed on to the photo sensitive screen. Students will also explore drawing by adding a wax resist, making wax rubbings, applying the wax using a wax tjanting tool or painting onto the screen using a brush, prints will be made on paper and other surfaces to obtain exciting effects. Experimenting with overprinting and combining different screen methods to build a varied range of interesting work. Learners will gain a good understanding of how to register the screens in order to overprint precisely and make artwork employing interesting combinations of images, textures and colours. Throughout the course there will be opportunities for the group to look at work, examine ideas and techniques, and learn from peers through group crit discussion and one-to-one interactions. Initially students will work in pairs in order to maximise development, once the students have learnt the basic techniques of the silkscreen printing they will be encouraged to develop ideas in a workshop based environment, to promote confidence and learning, students will support each other, intermediate and advanced students working alongside beginners, sharing experience and knowledge through group discussion. Personal projects will be encouraged with advice and guidance and one-to-one tutorials from the tutor.
By the end of the course you will be able to
stretch a silkscreen
make stencils and explore different methods of screen printing including wax tjanting and rubbing
expose an image onto a photo sensitive screen
learn how to silk screen print onto paper and other surfaces
gain a good understanding of how to register and overprint using silkscreen methods
make artwork employing different methods and create images to silkscreen print in a combination of different ways
encourage a learning workshop environment with an emphasis on sharing learning experience and peer support and guidance
Class format and activities
After looking at and discussing examples and samples, the tutor will demonstrate how to stretch a silk screen and explore different methods of silk screen printing including exposing an image onto a photo sensitive screen and also experiment using techniques of cutting stencils, making and finding relief surfaces to make rubbings with wax and make designs using wax tjanting tools and brushes, and learn how to print each screen individually or in combination with the all screen images that have been developed, overprinting in different colours to achieve interesting effects.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced printmakers who want to try out new ideas. A knowledge of how to use the Adobe Photoshop programme would be beneficial but not essential
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivities and they will advise you as to necessary precautions..
Note: This class takes place on the 2nd floor of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling.
What you will need for your class
Please bring: pencils, a small paintbrush and a sketchbook or notebook. interesting papers to print, mirrored, shiny paper colour acetate, patterned paper and fabrics can be fun to print over
Protective clothing is provided, or you can bring your own apron and rubber gloves. Basic materials are supplied- ink binder and a starter pack of paper and 1 mesh for screen (extra paper and further screen mesh will have to be paid for) any other specific materials will have to be provided by the learner.
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