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The word “screenprint” or “silkscreen” often brings to mind images that are high-contrast and photographic. Many of our first encounters with photo-based screenprints come from bold designs grabbing our attention on t-shirts or pasted on the slides of buildings. Screen Printing has developed alongside photography since its inception, and now that it exists in the canon of fine art, has been shaped by artists to allow for impressive levels of detail and delicacy. This class will focus on using photographic and digital processes in screenprinting to arrive at a final, multi-color image. Students will learn prudent photoshop skills and non-destructive file management, how to create digital transparencies, darkroom work, and how to make screens. We will cover color separations and theory, build printing skills, and learn pin registration to achieve perfect alignment when overlapping colors. We will combine the digital aspects with hand-applied methods for making screens, so that artists can explore how these various techniques can come together to form a dynamic image.
This class is part 3 of a series on topics in screen printing methods. See our Workshops page for the other classes! In this series, CCP Shop Manager Liz Bannish will guide artists through demonstrations and skill-building exercises to introduce the various ways hand-made screens can be combined to print multi-color images. Whether you are new or experienced in printmaking, screen printing is a crowd favorite. It offers accessibility and immediacy to the beginner, and can support complex motifs for those who seek a challenge. Pick one topic that interests you, or take the whole series to hone your full screen printing toolbox of knowledge!
All materials included.
Questions? Please email Workshop Coordinator Toni Miraldi at email@example.com
LIZ BANNISH lives and works in Norwalk, CT as Studio Manager and Collaborative Printer for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She earned her BFA in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011 with her award-winning show of stone lithographs. Afterward, she served as an intern for Zea Mays Printmaking, bringing their research in non-toxic printmaking to SGC San Francisco in 2013. She served as Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years, running their printmaking studio, letterpress studio, photo darkrooms, and OSHA compliance programs. Liz has trained with masters Barry Moser (Pennyroyal Press), Peter Pettengill (Wingate Studios), and Liz Chalfin (Zea Mays Printmaking). Her personal work spans the media of sustainable and traditional printmaking and includes relief, etching, lithography, and alternative photography. When not getting her hands inky, Liz dives for the local aquarium.
Image Credit: Tracy Craighead