This experimental workshop introduces students to the basic yet exciting techniques of fine art screen printing and color separation processes. The mechanism of screen printing is squeezing ink through fine mesh holes in a screen; it offers infinite mark-making and layering possibilities for artists who enjoy access to a variety of visual effects. Students incorporate hand-drawn, hand-cut, photographic and digitally-manipulated images using paper-stencil, photo-emulsion and alternative stencil methods. Registration techniques are also presented with fixed station as well as alternative printing approaches. Participants then further explore this versatile medium by printing on a variety of substrates.
Students create original screen print projects using water-based screen ink on paper and/or fabric. Students also examine various characteristics and advantages of the screen printing process to see how it can enhance their artistic endeavors.
Participants learn color separation, plan layering, make assorted manual and digital transparencies, expose photo emulsion, mix ink, register layers and print with a squeegee. Students also view examples of prints, watch demonstrations and have ample studio time to make work.
Kimiko Miyoshi’s printmaking experience began as a silkscreen printer in Japan. After receiving her MFA from the University of New Mexico, she worked for Explora Science Center in Albuquerque. This work had a great effect on her creative practices and observational habits. Kimiko teaches printmaking at California State University, Long Beach.