Screen-printing: Basic Techniques and Experimental Possibilities (Autumn Term)

Time:              Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Dates:             Autumn term 2019: Monday Sept 16th – Friday Dec 13th
(Half term Oct 21st – 25th)
Venue:            Gosling Room
Fee: £190
Tutor:             Judith Devons

This 12-week course is suitable for adults at all levels – from complete beginners with no prior print-making experience to those who have attended previous classes and wish to extend their practice and share ideas and results.

Unlike many media, screen-printing is enhanced by happy accidents and does not involve being able to draw realistically. However, it has huge scope for creating work ranging from graphic to painterly, and from representational to abstract.

Using your own ideas or developing examples offered for inspiration, you will be guided through all the stages of printmaking.
You will first learn/review traditional methods of screen-printing which involves transferring drawings to paper stencils, making a series of abstract or representational prints on paper and/or fabric,
and learning to register layers.

As the course progresses new techniques and possibilities will be demonstrated and there will be an opportunity to print with found objects such as leaves, feathers and fabric, and to incorporate other media such as mono-printing, painting and collage. If participants want, we can also learn how to make our own portable screens.,

The course is taught by a combination of demonstrations, group tryouts, individual work with feedback, and group sharing and discussions.

This will be a small class with a maximum of 8 students so everyone can benefit from individual support as well as group feedback.

Sample prints and references will be available throughout.

No advance preparation is needed, but it may be helpful to bring in ideas, drawings or photos as a starting point.

All equipment, basic paper and paint is included. Those who wish may also bring in their own unusual papers and/or fabric to print on.

At the end of the course, everyone will have a series of prints that demonstrate varied ways to portray their chosen themes or subjects.

Tutor Judith Devons is an artist specialising in screen-printing and ceramics. As well as creating her own work for exhibitions and commissions, she greatly values leading workshops for children and adults at all ability levels, including people challenged physically and/or mentally.