Screenprinting: developing techniques

Course Dates: 05/07/23 - 19/07/23
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
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Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00

Course Code: VS883

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Wed, day, 05 Jul - 19 Jul '23

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Students will learn how to make different types of screen-prints, using various techniques, in a creative and experimental approach to silkscreen printing. Students will learn how to silkscreen print on to paper and other surfaces, gaining a good understanding of how to register and make interesting overprinted layers in a combination of colours. Making artwork employing different methods and images and silkscreen printing in a combination of ways.
• creatively explore the mixing and application of ink
• experiment with different approaches to stencil making including paper stencils, hand drawn, digital and contact stencils
• prepare and coat a screen with a photo sensitive emulsion
• learn techniqes to register imagery and layer your imagery
• cutting and tearing paper stencils
• coating the stretch screen with a photo sensitive emulsion
• photographics and hand drawn design that can then be exposed on to photo sensitive screens.

What will we cover?

• Making paper stencils
• Preparing art work using a variety of drawn found and/or digital starting points
• Learn how to prepare and coat the screen with a photo-sensitive emulsion
• Expose and develop artwork on the screen
• Learn how to screen print on to paper and other surfaces
• Gain a good understanding of how to register and over print employing different silkscreen
• Make artwork using different silkscreen methods and images to print in a combination of colours and different ways.

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

• Apply and manipulate ink – exploring monoprinting and colour mixing on screen, changing opacity of ink, layering
• Coat the screen with photosensitive emulsion and expose using a variety of media –direct contact, hand drawn and digital imagery
• Create 2 colour stencil using direct stencils employing registration techniques
• Adapt and apply methods for exploring the creative potential of screenprinting.

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

All levels are welcome. The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced printmakers who want to try out new ideas. Basic Photoshop skills and a knowledge of digital photography would be beneficial.

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

Demonstrations will be given to enable you to understand the techniques and instructions will be given on how to use the equipment.

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

All basic materials are provided. You should bring to the first class, sources of imagery to be used for reference / visual inspiration (sketches, magazine cutting, on-going work etc.) as a way in to starting personal projects.

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

there are various other screenprinting courses to continue with such as 'screenprinting;studio projects'. Alternatively you may wish to use your new portfolio of prints to apply for advanced courses in printmaking or fine art. Your tutor can advise.

Claire Hynds

Claire Hynds is an artist specialising in printmaking, her work combines drawing and photography with traditional and digital print techniques to create hand printed, limited edition prints and books. Claire studied Fine Art at the University of Wales and was awarded an AHRB to study MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England. She has been teaching printmaking and drawing since 2002 and specialises in traditional etching, photomechanical intaglio processes (photoetching and polymer), screenprinting, bookmaking and artist books. She is a member of East London Printmakers and the Printmakers Council, dividing her time between teaching and her studio practice. Claire has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally and has work in permanent collections at the V&A, the Printmakers Council Archive and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. Claire’s research investigates the urban environment. Visiting examples of modern architecture and new towns she examines what remains of the utopian vision of post war Britain, developing work through drawing, photography and print that explores how these spaces are experienced today.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.