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Silk screen and hand painting for textiles

Silk screen and hand painting for textiles

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Kavita Kumari


This course is designed for all creative types who would like an insight into an alternative technique to screen-printing, previous experience and knowledge of screen-printing would be useful but is not essential.  The course offers an introduction into silk screen printing using the technique of polychromatic screen printing.  Polychromatic refers to the multiple use of colours, this technique is used by working directly onto the silk screen using brushes, pipettes and soft mark making tools to create and illustrate your designs. All colours are intermixable creating a vibrant and multi-coloured palette.  This is a flexible technique allowing the designer to experiment through the application of dyes and the printing process.  The silk screen design can be printed onto both fabric and paper, the technique also allows you to repeat the print several times with variable outcomes and tones.

This is a practical hands on workshop designed to suit both experienced artists and beginners.  Some Independent research would be useful.  Please bring with you some visuals, patterns, photos and ideas you may want to use as inspiration for your designs.  The course will be taught in a series of practical workshops demonstrating each of the processes, polychromatic and paper stencil screen-printing

The course is an experimental step into screen printing and can be adopted for use with t-shirts, bags or canvases. On this course you will create your designs freehand painting directly onto the silk-screen. You will develop your designs further by creating paper stencils these will be used to build surfaces and layers within your design.

Designers will learn the technique of Polychromatic Printing and also paper stencilling in conjunction with the Screen-printing.  Students will gain extensive knowledge in the use of how to mix print pastes used in this technique.   Students will take away a sketchbook of designs and ideas developed with an understanding of techniques and materials, students can bring a tote bag, t-shirt or fabric of their choice to experiment with.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Kavita Kumari, began her career as a freelance Print Designer in Fashion & Interiors, selling at Indigo, Premiere Vision and in New York to Calvin Klein after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA Honours in Textile Design: Print.  Kavita has since held several independent and collaborative exhibitions combining her skills as a Painter and Textile Designer, which led to commissions for Jujus and Village Underground for corporate events and new graduate designers. She maintains a strong connection with the UAL through her position as a Specialist Teaching and Learning Print & Dye Technician at London College of Art and Chelsea School of Art.  Kavita has a PG Cert in Higher Education and an MA in Academic Practice for Art, Design and Communication and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Kavita teaches Freehand Drawing for Textiles, Silk Screen and Hand Painting for Textiles, Natural Dyes and Fashion Design & Making Summer School (16 – 18 Year Olds) for UAL Short Courses.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron/Overall
  • Notebook/Sketchbook
  • Images, Photos, Research
  • Cotton t-shirts, Cotton Bags or Cotton Fabric
  • Scalpel
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Colouring Pencils/Felts/Paints (Optional)


Available dates