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Silkscreen and Hand Painting for Textiles Short Course

Course description

This short course offers an introduction into silk screen printing, covering paper stencil and polychromatic screen printing techniques.

Polychromatic screen printing refers to the multiple use of colours, and is a technique used by working directly onto the silk screen using brushes, pipettes and soft mark-making tools to create and illustrate your designs. You will have the opportunity to experiment through the application of dyes and the printing process using this technique.

You will create your designs freehand painting directly onto the silk screen and develop your designs further by creating paper stencils that will be used to build surfaces and layers within your design.

Course outcomes
By the end of this course students should:

  • Have tried a variety of printing techniques, including polychromatic and paper stencilling.
  • Learnt how to mix print pastes.
  • Have created their own set of silk screen designs.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to complement your C

Available dates

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Topics covered

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 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)
Meet the Tutor:

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. 

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