Painterly screenprints – monoprinting through the screen with Jane Sampson

Ref: SLW09551

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About this course

On this course the silkscreen becomes a matrix through which to investigate combinations of different media such as paint, graphite and pastel. Create spontaneous monoprints without a stencil and free up your creative potential.

Course Description

Screenprinting 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 screenprinting 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 on the first evening with a short talk and examples of prints followed by a technical demonstration of the basics of setting up and printing on you workstation. Mixing paint and medium will also be dicussed.

The first day will begin with a demonstration of using acrylic paint and waterbased pastel. The rest of the day will be spent experimenting with the media as a single layer and a multilayered set of prints.

On the second day we will explore using soft pencils and graphite for mark-making and drawing through the screen. Using watercolour, gouache or poster colour will also be introduced. Towards the end of the day there will be a summary as a group, taking time to look at what each of you has achieved so far and suggest or discuss next steps.

The third and fourth days 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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including:
  • A2 200gsm white cartridge paper, acrylic paint, screen printing medium and retarders, newsprint, masking tape, brown tape, talc and acetate.

What students need to bring

  • Images for inspiration, these could be in the form of photographs, sketchbooks, collages, colour studies, or images on a laptop or ipad. Subject matter could be figurative, landscape based, abstract or pattern based and centered around yor own interests.
  • Cheap or old brushes are fine, (pastry brushes and house painting brushes can also be used).
  • General art supplies - ruler, pencils, rubber etc.
  • An apron to protect your clothes.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Graphite stick, 5B and upwards pencils, graphite powder.
  • Watercolour and poster colour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Screenprinting medium
  • Interesting papers including textured or coloured paper.
  • Neo-colour waterbased pastels.
  • A selection of differently sized hog hair and softer brushes flat and round.
  • Scalpel or craft knife
  • Ruler, pencils, rubber


Jane Sampson

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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