SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2013

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An image is painted onto the silkscreen one day, allowed to dry overnight, and printed the next day. The image "vanishes" after about three prints. The silkscreen is then washed out, dried, and ready to be painted again. After about a week of printing, students have many prints that they may collage or otherwise develop into more complex artworks. An image is painted onto the silkscreen one day, allowed to dry overnight, then printed the next day. Through trial and error, students have discovered that the best images for deconstructed silkscreen are those with organic lines and shapes. Guidelines for Painting Designs on the Silkscreen • Usedisposableplasticglovestokeep the dyes from staining your hands. • Placenewspaperonyourtabletop before you begin. • Useapaletteorsmallcontainerto mix colors. • Haveacontainerofwaterreadyto clean brushes. • Usestiff-bristledbrushesinavariety of sizes. • Usethin-tippedapplicatorbottles filled with dye paste to draw lines. • Usespongestoapplytextures. • Usealimitedpalette(threeorfour colors) until you become more familiar with how the colors will blend when printed. • Applydyepastefairlythickly. • Allowyourdesigntocompletelydry before you print it. Printing the Silkscreen Designs 1. Printonahigh-qualitycottonpaper. 2. Placethesilkscreenframewithdry image on top of the paper. 3. Pourawidelineofclearortinted print paste along one edge of the frame as you would with traditional silkscreening.Useaplasticsqueegee or scraper held at a 45 degree angle to firmly apply the print paste over the surface of the silkscreen. You will have to "scrape" the print paste 18 May/June 2013 SchoolArts Julia Connelly. over the surface several times to reactivate the dry painted image. 4. Lift the silkscreen and print again on another sheet of paper. Experimentation What can you do with a deconstructed silkscreen print? You could overlap the printed images or rotate the image 180 degrees and print on top or beside the previous image. You can collage paper stencils onto it, collage two prints together, or paint or draw on it with other media. You could also use it with other print media. For example, create a stencil or a relief block to print on top of it. In any case, encourage your students to experiment with the process. Sharon Wall is an art teacher at Altoona Area High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania. NatioNal StaNdard Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use. Web liNk

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