Silk-screen printing is most often associated with hard-edged, brightly coloured blocky images or Pop Art, and the looser more painterly side often gets neglected. It is, however, possible to use the screen as a drawing tool and in a much more spontaneous way than stencilling flat layers of colour one layer at a time.
By monoprinting through the screen, the limitations of screen printing become boundaries within which to play with combinations of flat colour and mark-making. You can make one-off images or build up prints in layers. The screen becomes a matrix through which to explore different media such as paint, graphite and pastel, creating one-off monoprints or a series of similar prints that explore a theme. In effect, they hover somewhere between painting, drawing and printmaking.
The course will begin with a short talk and examples of prints followed by a technical demonstration of the basics of setting up and printing at your workstation. Mixing paint and medium will be discussed.
There will be a demonstration of using acrylic paint and waterbased pastel, and you will spend time experimenting with the media as a single layer and a multi-layered set of prints. You will explore the use of soft pencils and graphite for mark-making and drawing through the screen. Using watercolour, gouache or poster colour will also be introduced. There will be a summary as a group, taking time to look at what you have achieved, and suggest or discuss next steps. The latter half of the course will be dedicated to combining the different media in ways that are suited to the kind of images that you would like to create, and based on your experience so far.
It is expected that individuals may choose to take different paths and use different subject matter, achieving quite different visual outcomes on this course, so bring plenty of inspiration.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jane is a a graduate of Exeter University and the Barber institute Birmingham University. She has researched printmaking for Brighton University and is well known for her teaching both there and at her own studio Inkspot Press. She frequently exhibits at the Affordable Art Fair in London and Printfest in Cumbria, and won the John Purcell prize at the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in London. Her work is in private and corporate collections, at The Mappin Art Gallery and at the Printmakers Council.