Jim Dine, Throat (1965). Screen print on paper, 76.2 x 61.3 cm.
Printmaking: Screen Printing
Around 30 000 B.C, the very first stencil prints were being made in the recesses of caves, where men and women would place their hands on the cave walls and blow onto them mixtures of ash and clay, leaving behind colourful negative impressions. Between 500 and 1000 A.D. in China and Japan, the stencilling process developed rapidly, later reaching Europe and parts of Africa. It was only until the beginning of the 20th century in America that screen printing evolved into the industry as it is known today. The diversity of the medium’s commercial applications are matched by those in the arts. From stencilling to photographic processes, oil to water-based printing inks, paper to fabric surfaces, and even three-dimensional objects, screen printing allows for an incredible range of possibilities and innovations that is still expanding.
Participants attending the screen printing workshop will learn how to handprint their very own editions of screen printed works on paper, comprising three or more colours, using a combination of stencil and photo-chemical printing techniques.
List of Materials
Participants are required to provide the following materials:
2 – 3 rolls of masking tape
2 large sheets (56 x 76 cm or 70 x 100 cm) of hot or cold-pressed paper.
E.g. Lanaquarelle, Arches or Fabriano paper
Paper is available at Unistat in the Neelsie Student Centre, Stellenbosch, or Deckle Edge in Cape Town
1 large sheet (A2 or A3) of black paper / cardboard
3 or 4 tubes of acrylic paint
NB: Participants may want to observe the printing process before purchasing their paper and paint
Black Rotring / calligraphic ink
Available at PnA, Unistat or Deckle Edge
General stationery (pencils, rulers, erasers, scissors etc.)
Any other materials will be discussed during the course of the workshop or will be supplied by the studio.
Jessica Staple was born in 1991 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University where she also works part-time as the printmaking technician. In 2013 she completed her BA (Fine Arts) degree as a cum laude honours graduate, with an additional major in English Studies. Jessica works mostly in drawing and printmaking (lithography, screen printing and various intaglio processes). She has participated in and co-ordinated a number of group exhibitions, print portfolios and workshops in printmaking.
Japanese stencil print (19th century).