Introduction to screenprinting

Course Dates: 03/05/19 - 24/05/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Benjamin Rider

This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.


What is the course about?

This course is designed to give you an understanding into the whole process start to finish, as well as allowing you to make your own creatively developed screen prints.
This course will teach you step by step the elements for understanding the process and producing your own work. You will learn both creative techniques and practical skills. Learn how to set up a variety of work including your own for use in screen-printing, mixing and preparing inks, paper stocks, the safe use of the studio and equipment. You will be shown artists examples and a wider contemporary use of the process and its potential.

What will we cover?

The course will introduce the technical skills needed in creating and making a screen print, including the use of equipment, tools and materials and basic printing methods.
Students will gain an understanding of how to make a screen print from a photo stencil, hand cut paper stencils, a range of creative printing techniques, how to set up artwork in order to make a photo stencil from, basic registration, how to mix inks, troubleshooting, health & safety. The course will also give an understanding into the potential of a creative exploration to the process.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Screen print onto paper using water based ink
- Gain an understanding of the process start to finish
- Create a photo stencil
- Registration
- Discover potential ways to take your work further
- Achieve skills and confidence in printmaking practice, which may be used as a springboard for a more advanced practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners course. No previous experience is necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations of techniques will be given when new methods are introduced. One-to-one discussions and
guidance and some voluntary homework tasks.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials are included for this course. There is nothing you need to bring for the first day.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might like to try Experimental Screenprint, Screenprinting : developing personal projects, Screenprint for graphic artists. Or other printmaking processes.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

The course is a great starting point if you've never done screenprinting. You start with newspaper stencil in the week 1 & 2 and move onto photo stencils. The course feels informative and really fun, and I thought the tutor was super helpful with every question. I just really looked forward to every lesson each week. If you are thinking about learning screenprinting, this course is a good starting point and will make you want to come back for more (which I'm thinking of doing)
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Review by AA / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Do not be worried if you know nothing about screen printing. The course is for beginners and is very instructive and great fun. At the end you will know how to screen print.
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Review by Graham Anthony / (Posted on 08/02/2019)
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Review by Magali Robert-Chung / (Posted on 08/02/2019)
Thoroughly recommended as first class introduction to screen-printing.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/10/2018)
If you are curious in screen printing and want to give it a little go, definitely sign up for this Class.
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Review by Hanne / (Posted on 18/10/2018)
Amazing tutor, highly recommend.
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Review by Sophie / (Posted on 09/10/2018)

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Course Code: VS020

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Fri, day, 03 May - 24 May '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £85.00

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