What is the course about?
Exploring silkscreen printing on fabric, using different types of screen stencils; cut and torn paper stencils and a hand drawn design exposed on to a photo sensitive screen. You will have the option to send off images and make thermofax screens as an easily accessible supplement.to your photographic screen. Develop and combine techniques and learn to use pigment printing systems to achieve specific effects. We will explore effects of layering using opaque and transparent binders, and speciality methods such as foiling, flocking and puff binder. You will be introduced to the work of fabric printers using these techniques. Create your own fabrics as samples or for use in artwork, or making interior or fashion items.
The course can be taken independently or used to build on and extend skill from VX336 Printed Textiles - the basics in term 1, VX337 Printed Textiles: experimental screen printing in term 2.
What will we cover?
- How to lay and prepare cloth for printing.
- Designing and cutting or tearing a paper stencil to print with.
- Designing and exposing a hand drawn artwork to make a photographic silk screen.
- Mixing, printing and fixing colour using pigments and binders.
- Using foil, puff and flock, opaque binders.
- Good workshop practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create a hand-drawn artwork to make a single positive.
- Expose your positive onto a screen to create a photographic screen.
- Use paper stencils in combination with a photographic screen.
- Prepare your cloth for printing and fix your prints.
- Mix colour and prepare pigments and binders.
- Follow good health and safety practice.
- Produce samples and experiments demonstrating speciality finishes.
More advanced learners will be able to:
- Further develop skills and refine ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is necessary. This structured course is suitable for all levels from beginner to more advanced learners wanting to extend skills. Learners who have completed VX336 and VX337 will develop new skills and knowledge. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual tuition, discussion, illustration with samples, visual presentations and hands on practice. Techniques and processes used will be supported by handouts. You will receive guidance about collecting materials and researching ideas and some preparation will be suggested for you to work on outside of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
· A sketchbook
· An overall and rubber gloves, and wear old clothes and shoes with a grip.
Basic materials are supplied but you will need to bring your own fabrics to suit personal preferences. This will be discussed with you in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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