1. Prepare drawings and designs for screen printing using the principles of design.
2. Develop a range of hand skills and techniques for translating designs to print-ready screen
3. Use various stencil methods to work an image into the screen.
4. Appropriately set up work areas and thoroughly clean up afterword.
5. Use safe studio practices for solvents chemicals and inks.
6. Employ registration methods to guarantee accurate over-printing, working from single to
7. Pull consistent impressions appropriate for an edition.
8. Create a comprehensive portfolio of works to be presented in a professional manner.
9. Distinguish between different screen printing techniques.
10. Compose images by hand or via camera-assisted digital processes for printing.
11. Define and differentiate vocabulary for basic level screen print processes.
12. Give and receive constructive critique of art work.
I. Screen Printing Materials
A. Screen materials, frame, squeegee, and hinge clamps
1. Construction of the equipment
2. Maintenance and storage of equipment
B. Inks: selection, mixing, storage, additives
C. Archival papers and boards
D. Solvents and cleaning agents
E. Print presentation and storage materials
F. Stencil materials and photo process applications
II. Composition and Design Concerns
A. Appropriate subject matter and graphic scope for first level of screen print technology
B. Simplification and graphic clarification of image
C. Contrast of image and edge clarity
D. Pictorial elements and their relative presence
E. Color concepts, including opacity and transparency of ink
III. Screen Preparations
A. Direct techniques
1. Application of screen filler/block-out
2. Application of screen drawing fluid
3. Other drawing methods (e.g., monotype)
B. Paper stencils, from one-color printing through overprinting and color trapping
C. Applications with photo-generated collage
D. Film positives and negatives employed for multi-pass work
IV. Printing Functions and Preparations
A. Registration guides
B. Screen flooding and squeegee use
C. Stencil attachment and placement
D. Unique impressions via transparent carrier (monotype)
E. Consistent edition printing
F. Gradual blend split fountain printing and alternative inking processes
G. Screen printing on substrates other than paper, such as plastic, wood, metal, and fabric
H. Assemble and disassemble a printing station.
V. Print Presentation
A. Print drying
B. Signing and numbering impressions
C. Matting, floating, and framing
D. Portfolio presentation
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab parts of the course.
A. Portfolio consisting of five to six of the following:
1. Direct stencil block out (screen filler/paper stencil)
2. Monotype/monoprint using water soluble medium
3. Creating additional colors though color overprinting
4. Progressive block-out stencil
5. Experimental resist technique
6. Screenprinting on substrates other than paper
7. Photo process
B. Design preparation
C. Vocabulary quiz
D. Participation in class discussions, critiques, and shop maintenance
*All representative assignments are covered in both the lecture and lab parts of the course.
The Little Book of Screenprinting. Willamson, Caspar. Chronicle Books. 2011 (classic)
The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques. Hughes, Ann D'Arcy, and Vernon Morris, Hebe. Chronicle Books. 2008 (classic)
Waterbased Silkscreen Today. Henning, Roni. Watson-Guptill Publications. 2006 (classic)
Simple Silkscreening. Stromquist, Annie. Lark Books. 2005 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials