Four Art Ed members were treated to an excellent hands-on and indepth screen printing professional development weekend recently. The private workshop space of James Bryans was opened up and the various tools of the trade freely available to experiment and become familiar with.
A full weekend may be considered “precious time”, but the outcome and the experience was well worth it. James was an excellent and patient tutor, debunking the myths of setting up your own screen printing space, providing suggested lesson plans for classrooms with limited resources, sharing valuable supplier details and stepping the group through the industry standard steps to ensure successful and fulfilling printing.
The photos tell a better story, and although not fully captioned, you should note the various tell-tale tips and tricks that James shared with the group which ensured clean, and importantly, consistent screen prints. For example: Keeping the work area un-cluttered, raising the screen using leftover tape rolls when ‘flooding’, hinged clips to large board, adding 20% print paste medium to 80% water-soluable inks, dedicated wet area and thick card registration points were just a few of the insights that will keep your students clean and prints perfect.
Any further details and expressions of interest for more workshops (including Advanced Techniques) can be directed to James. His details are: P. James Bryans, phone (08) 9440 1757 or mobile 0435 018 037 or email James.
(Art Ed member reporting)