Investigate the current trends of print media in contemporary culture and develop the tools you need to make your own artistic statement. This workshop focuses on water-based photo screen printing techniques as well as low-tech stencil printing methods. Technical demonstrations cover beginning photo screen printing processes, one- and two-color registration, a combination of hand dyeing, draw back into, manipulation of the surface, water-soluble markers, and hand-cut and photo stencil methods to create experimental unique prints. Students walk away with a collection of unique work that encapsulates this impressive art form.
Media & Techniques:
Students use acrylic screen printing ink with a variety of papers, wood and fabric, photo emulsion, drawings and computer-generated graphics as preparatory artwork. You may bring images to print; these should be in black inkjet ink.
We begin with examples of hand pulled screenprints as well as a discussion of finished prints with preparatory artwork. The first technical demonstration covers emulsion application, photo process and wash out. The week proceeds with ample studio time. Each day begins with a demonstration and discussion of the previous day’s work.
John Hitchcock is an Artist and Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Awards include: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grant; The Jerome Foundation Grant; artist-in-residence at The American Culture Center, Shanghai, China; Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium; Proyecto’ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice, Italy.