Silkscreen Printmaking (Serigraphy)/ DIY Silkscreen Printmaking (PRI2122.02)

Corinne Rhodes

Silkscreen Printmaking (Serigraphy):
Screen printing is an extremely versatile means of reproducing a 2-D image onto a variety of objects. Hand-drawn, painted, photographic and digital images can all be used singularly and in combination with each other. Preparation and processing is relatively simple and multiples can be produced quickly. In this class, we will print with non-toxic, water-based inks.
We will begin by covering the basics: how to stretch and coat a silkscreen frame, expose and re-shoot a variety of images, ink modification and color mixing, printing a single color and clean-up. Students will learn registration techniques for printing multiple colors/layers and best practices for overprinting on paper. We will explore printing on fabric and the use of repeated patterns, printing on other substrates and monotype printing (producing unique images).
Online/Remote Version:
DIY Silkscreen Printmaking:
Create artwork on a variety of substrates, prints, posters, signs, fabric designs, tee-shirts and textiles from home! This course is designed for students who are interested in setting up their own silkscreen printing studios/workshops outside of the college campus. Screen printing is an extremely versatile means of reproducing a 2-D image onto a variety of objects. Hand-drawn, painted, photographic and digital images can all be used singularly and in combination with each other. Preparation and processing is relatively simple and multiples can be produced quickly. In this class, we will print with non-toxic photo emulsion and non-toxic, water-based inks.
Students will learn how to build their own, DIY lightboxes/exposure units, portable vacuum tables and frames. For those who prefer to use ready-made equipment, we will cover single-bulb exposure methods and basic printing set-ups on a kitchen table. Speedball all-inclusive, ready-made kits are easily available for under $100/ea.
We will begin by covering the basics: how to stretch and coat a silkscreen frame, expose and re-shoot a variety of images, ink modification and color mixing, printing a single color and clean-up. Students will learn registration techniques for printing multiple colors/layers and best practices for overprinting on paper. We will explore printing on fabric and the use of repeated patterns, printing on other substrates and monotype printing (producing unique images).
Students will need access to a sink or bathtub that they are willing to clean regularly in order to wash out screens properly (and not enrage your housemates). Another DIY option, weather-permitting, is a garden hose and plastic tarp if you have access to an outdoor space.
Hybrid Version:
Serigraphy & DIY Silkscreen Printmaking:
This course is designed for students who are interested in working in the studio and in one day setting up their own silkscreen printing studios/workshops outside of the college campus. Screen printing is an extremely versatile means of reproducing a 2-D image onto a variety of objects. Hand-drawn, painted, photographic and digital images can all be used singularly and in combination with each other. Preparation and processing is relatively simple and multiples can be produced quickly. In this class, we will print with non-toxic, water-based inks.
Students will be introduced to fine art screen printing (Serigraphy) using the equipment in VAPA’s printshop, such as a large format exposure unit. We will begin by covering the basics: how to stretch and coat a silkscreen frame, expose and re-shoot a variety of images, ink modification and color mixing, printing a single color and clean-up. Students will learn registration techniques for printing multiple colors/layers and best practices for overprinting on paper. We will explore printing on fabric and the use of repeated patterns, printing on other substrates and monotype printing (producing unique images).
In this hybrid course, enrolled students who are learning remotely will be able to watch live and recorded demonstrations of these processes. We will also include instruction in DIY screen printing techniques and students will learn how to build their own, DIY lightboxes/exposure units, portable vacuum tables and frames. Instruction will include how to create artwork on a variety of substrates, prints, posters, signs, fabric designs, tee-shirts and textiles from home. For those who prefer to use ready-made equipment, we will cover single-bulb exposure methods and basic printing set-ups on a kitchen table. Speedball all-inclusive, ready-made kits are easily available for under $100/ea.
Students who are learning remotely will need access to a sink or bathtub that they are willing to clean regularly in order to wash out screens properly (and not enrage your housemates). Another DIY option, weather-permitting, is a garden hose and plastic tarp if you have access to an outdoor space.

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Prerequisites: None.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T 1:40PM-5:20PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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