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Experimental Screenprinting


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Soraya Smithson and Katy Goodrich 

This experimental course takes screenprinting from an editioning process into a means of creating one off pieces by using abstract colour pulls, simple stencil making, colour overlays and repeat printing of photographic imagery. Since the late 1950s, artists like Oscar Murillo, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol used screenprinting to overlay, amend, embellish and over write their work, legitimising screenprinting as Fine Art and this weekend course will be an opportunity to experiment with some of these techniques.

Course Structure

Day One

  • Introduction to the workshop and Health and Safety
  • Discussion and examples of artists using screen-print to augment work
  • Introduction to principles of screen-printing process with examples
  • Experimental screen-printing:
  • Shapes and forms
  • Stencils and mono screen-printing
  • Colour mixing and pull techniques
  • Adding layers 
  • Clean up
  • Lunch will take place at 12.00, please bring your own

Day Two

  • Continue playful experimenting:
  • Print mark making layers
  • Printing images (pre-submitted and put onto screens)
  • Basic registration demonstration
  • Discussion of ideas and options for printing onto other materials and artworks
  • Clean up and evaluation
  • Lunch will take place at 12.00, please bring your own

    About the Tutor

    Soraya Smithson is an artist working in multiple mediums and has been a member of Leicester Print Workshop for over twenty years. She was the first lithography fellow at LPW and switches between stone and plate lithography, reduction lino print, letterpress and screen-printing depending on the idea. As an artist, Soraya is interested in the daily rituals of life: the relationship of the domestic environment with the outside world. She creates environments and things inspired by and referencing other artists, and literature.

    Leicester based artist Katy Goodrich has been a part of Leicester Print Workshop for the last 10 years. Starting as a volunteer she then undertook a 5 year apprenticeship at LPW learning all aspects of print and in 2020 Katy became a technician here in the studio. 

    Specialising in screenprinting, Katy uses underwater photographs to create her work mainly using the CMYK colour separation technique.

    Leicester Print Workshop 

    Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

    We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

    Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

    In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


    Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.