Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The screen is covered with a film and treated with ultraviolet light. The entire surface of the light-sensitive layer is cured except for the parts covered by the black film. The uncured areas are removed using water and ink can then be pressed through the mesh using a squeegee. Printing patterns can be produced in many ways – computer printout, film developed in a darkroom, photocopier, – or they can be painted directly onto the film. This variety of possibilities appeals to many artists. Designs can be screen-printed onto a wide variety of surfaces including paper, textile fabrics, boards, wood and so on.
An introductory course in screen printing is held every term for students at the Institute.