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Screenprinting for Beginners

Jacqui Driver
  • Term: Term One 2018
  • Start Date: 13 Feb 2018
  • End Date: 3 Apr 2018
  • Time: Tuesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Jacqui Driver
  • Level: Beginner
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Discover the joys of screenprinting with step-by-step instructions on using printing techniques to create unique editions of images. This beginner course will give you a solid foundation in screenprinting techniques, including the fascinating process of making stencils into positives and exposing them onto the screen. Jacqui Driver introduces many different approaches in developing a screenprint, including hand-drawn or painted marks, frottage and photographs, as well as the basics of CMYK printing using a digital approach. She also shows examples of screenprints, from student work to the works of established professional artists and printers.

Jacqui Driver

Jacqui Driver’s art practice includes screenprinting, lithography and relief printing, and her work has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, Japan, Ireland and China. She has taught printmaking in the tertiary sector for over 30 years and currently teaches at the National Art School, UNSW Art & Design and the Australian Catholic University. Jacqui’s artworks are in the collections of major institutions, including the Australian National Gallery, Artbank, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University and the National Taiwan Normal University. She is currently developing large-scale print-based installations.

Printmaking materials

  • 2 sheets A2 drafting film
  • 2 graphite pencils B2 and B6
  • 2 permanent black markers a fine point and thick point
  • 5 small plastic containers with lids (takeaway boxes are fine)
  • Plastic gloves – disposable or thicker pair to re-use
  • Screenprinting paste, small tub of 500ml, Lascaux brand from Art Scene at University of NSW Art and Design shop, Paddington campus, or Art Scene shop in West Ryde.
  • Acrylic paints - buy only these brands: Chromacryl or Matisse.
  • Basic colours – red, blue, yellow and white, one tube of each colour
  • Additional colours may be purchased during the course, the teacher will advise.

Source materials

Bring in a good selection of interesting photographs, prints or drawings to turn into ideas for screen prints. Collect them from any source but not bigger than A3 in size.

Printing paper

The teacher will advise you on the most suitable papers for printing, but no paper is needed for first class. The paper can be purchased on campus at Parker’s Fine Art Supplies.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential