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Introduction to Silkscreen Printing

Learn the basics of silkscreen and produce two to three prints by the end of class. The fundamentals of silkscreen printing include separations, coating, registration, proper printing techniques, and terminology. Learn about the process and history of silkscreen printing both as an expressive and as a graphic art form. Explore hand-drawn, photographic, photocopied, and digital color separation techniques.

The class will focus on individual projects that you are interested in. Use water-based inks to print on various materials such as paper, fabric, glass, metal, and wood. Learn how to print with screens using a squeegee, apply emulsion to the screen with a scoop coater, shoot and wash out your images, mix color, and make editions of prints.

Sufficient supplies needed to learn/practice the basic skills during class are included; however, if you desire to print large quantities of your designs or practice between classes, you will need to supply some of your own paper and inks for printing (more on this will be discussed during the first class session). Please wear old/dirty clothes to work in.
Note: You may use the studio by appointment during the days between class sessions.  To use the studio for screen printing after the class has ended you must purchase a studio membership for the remainder of the semester.

Instructor: Dominick Rapone

Tuesdays [6 weeks] June 4 – July 9: 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all – from beginners to intermediate/advanced students
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $105    Public – $175