For the beginner, intermediate, or experienced printer, Artists Image Resource (AIR) provides learning opportunities, access to facilities, printing equipment and services through its education and community programs.
Screenprinting Classes (register here)
November Class Dates: Wednesdays 6, 14, 21, 28 December 5, 12
In this 6-session course you will learn the basics of processing an image and executing a silkscreen print in a casual studio setting. All experience levels are welcome and accommodated. The course provides a solid foundation of knowledge and guidance to produce a layered silkscreen print. Experienced printers are encouraged to expand their practice and explore the possibilities of the medium. Once the course is complete, printers are welcome to access the shop with confidence during AIR Open Studio hours (M,T,TH,F 5-9pm).
Classes are maximum six participants for personalized instruction by Teaching Artist Matt George.
Participants are encouraged to send an image they would like to work with at least one week prior to the start of class. Send images to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: Silkscreen Class Image.
If you have any questions about choosing an image, contact the info account and we’d be happy to help you prior to class.
- Students will create a 1 to 4 color print using their desired image
- Basic Photoshop image manipulation and prep for screen-printing
- Drawing and transfer methods to get from image to screen
- Photo screen processing (exposures and prep)
- Registration and set up for multiple color printing
- Ink mixing and manipulation (transparency, modifiers, etc)
- Printing, Clean-up and screen maintenance (reclaiming)
- In addition to providing technical information and creative insight, for many this course is an excellent way to become oriented to studio procedures and the culture of Artists Image Resource. Students frequently retake the course to develop their ideas further, move on to become patrons of our Open Studio program, and/or become collaborators in the ongoing experiment that is the Artists Image Resource print lab.
- Any questions, concerns or just want to talk about your print vision? Reach out to us via email at email@example.com or stop by during Open Studio!
Tutorials (general information)
For the beginner or artist in need of a refresher —the studio offers tailored one-on-one tutorials. Tutorials are offered in various processes including relief printing (woodcuts, linocuts), intaglio (drypoint etching, monoprinting), lithography (stone and plate), letterpress, and screenprinting.
Tutorials are designed to provide a basic introductory knowledge to the process. Tutorials are responsive to individual interests and skill levels. Prior to the actual session, a meeting is scheduled to discuss interests and expectations, assess existing skills and to determine specific materials that will be needed. Multiple tutorial sessions can be scheduled to provide a deeper understanding of the chosen process.
Fee: a $125 fee includes a session with a teaching artist that lasts 2 hours (plus shop time) and includes basic instruction in the chosen process. Materials and supplies included are specific to the chosen process and determined prior to the session.
Tutorial: Silkscreen Printing (Single Session)
Instruction for silkscreen printing incudes digital imaging, hand draw films, film positive printing, photographic screen preparation, screen exposure, wash-out techniques, color mixing, two color print registration and basic printing procedures.
Materials generally include: 2 film positives, 2 photo screen exposures and screen usage for the session, 2 custom mixed ink colors, and 20 sheets of cold press poster paper. (Actual materials will be determined at preliminary meeting).
Fee: a $125 fee includes a single session with a teaching artist that lasts 2 hours (plus shop time) and includes basic instruction and materials listed above.
Tutorial: Relief Printing (Multiple Sessions)
Relief Printing tutorials are tailored to meet the needs of the learner. The first session generally includes an overview of substrates and cutting tools, how to transfer images to blocks, ink mixing, preparing paper, and basic proofing. Session Two generally includes single and multiple color printing, registration, and edition printing.
Materials include: 1 or 2 printing blocks (wood or linoleum), misc. transfer materials (carbon paper, graphite, etc.), inks, papers, clean-up materials, and supplies for multiple print sessions.
Actual materials usage will be estimated during preliminary meetings based on the number of images, the size of the images, the number of colors, and the complexity of the images to be used.
Fee: a $250 fee (two $125 sessions) provides two sessions (2 hours each plus shop time) that allow the student to access fuller instruction and technical assistance for more complicated processes or projects.
Tutorial: Stone Lithography (Multiple Sessions)
Stone Lithography is a more complicated print process and demands at least three sessions. Tutorials are tailored to meet the needs of the learner. Session One involves processing the stone (surfacing, transferring the image, processing the image). Session two is an overview of the press, inks, and proofing. Session Three concentrates on editioning or multiple color proofing, and printing.
Materials includes access to one or more printing stones, drawing media, etching and processing acids, inks, papers, clean-up materials, and supplies for multiple print sessions. Actual materials usage will be estimated during preliminary meetings based on the number of images, the size of images, the number of colors, and the complexity of the images to be used.
Fee: a $375 fee (three $125 sessions) provides three sessions (2 hours each plus shop time).
The studio works with organizations, individuals, and groups to provide workshops for multiple people. Generally workshops may include 8 to 10 people and can be organized in any of the processes mentioned above. Workshop sessions are organized in a manner similar to the Tutorials described above but are designed for multiple participants.
Fee: $500 – $1,000 (Cost depends on the activity and number of students)