Join guest tutor and print-maker Kathryn Fox for an introductory, weekend workshop getting to grips with the technicalities of paper based screen printing.
Screen printing on paper is a highly versatile, stencil based technique that allows an endless variety of marks to be printed – bold solid areas of colour, delicate line drawings, text, texture and photographic images. The screen itself is a fine-mesh fabric stretched taut over a frame through which ink is then forced resulting in a print.
This 2-day course offers an introduction to water-based screen printing, on which, participants will learn to combine the immediacy of paper stencil screen printing with the detail achievable using emulsion–coated screens to produce a series of prints on paper.
The course will introduce the basic techniques as well as provide the opportunity for individual experimentation allowing you to create a range of experimental test pieces or a small limited edition of prints, as you choose. The process of screen-print lends itself to a variety of approaches: illustrative, abstract, graphic and collage style work all work well – and when it comes to colour, the sky’s the limit! There will be plenty of visual resources available to inspire you and full support from your tutor every step of the way.
Over the duration of the 2 days the course will cover:
- Reference to the work of artists and printmakers who use screen printing in their practice so participants have an overview of the possibilities the process has to offer
- Familiarisation with technical terminology, the equipment and materials used and studio protocols (including health and safety)
- Demonstrations to the group of each step of the process, using both paper stencils and photo stencils before participants do it for themselves:
- Design preparation: practical considerations – having a plan you are prepared to adjust
- Paper stencil cutting
- Ink colour mixing to create both translucent and opaque colour layers
- Printing using paper stencils – ink application technique
- Registration of different colour layers
- Image preparation for photo stencils
- Coating the screen with UV sensitive emulsion, exposing it and rinsing down
- Printing using photo stencils
- Cleaning out screens and equipment effectively – screen reclamation and the removal of an image stencil
- Evaluation of outcomes and sharing of learning, with consideration of next steps
- Details of equipment and materials suppliers and use of open access studios for continuing work
- Participants will be supported individually throughout by the tutor as they each work on their own prints
What to prepare / consider beforehand:
Participants will get the most out of the workshop if they bring some preparatory material with them to work from. This could be in the form of drawings, photographs, collage work, found materials (such as tickets, correspondence, magazine clippings etc) or other prints. All images you will work with to create the photo-stencil should be in black and white. Images must have strong contrast (without shades or gradients of grey) and be no larger than A3 in scale. If participants choose to work at a smaller scale, we can make any adjustments as needed in the workshop.
Your tutor: Kathryn Fox
Some prior experience of screen printing would be helpful but is not absolutely essential. The course is most suitable for those with some prior experience who wish to refresh or develop their knowledge of the process.
All course prices include all the materials you’ll need to get stuck in, such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
- If you have to cancel:
- 16-12 weeks before the course: 50 % of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Less than 12 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Please note that full payment is required for non-attendance on a booking that has been transferred.
- If we have to cancel: