ARTS(S)335 Intermediate Serigraphy, Kathy Knippel, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(S)335 Intermediate Serigraphy, Kathy Knippel, Fall 2019


There is a studio fee of 150 Euro. To cover all inks, transparent, opaque, and metallic.  Also photo emulsion, other chemicals, tape, acetate for transparencies, tracing paper and course related photocopies.  Special opaque markers for making transparencies, Use of the silkscreen frames and squeeges and the wear and consumption on the silkscreen nylons and other equipment.

Materials to Purchase

Students will purchase personal drawing supplies, including a black china ink pen (penna di inchiostro) point 4 or 5.
Printing paper which will mostly be etching paper (carta per incisione).
Fabric for those printing textiles.
Portfolio (cartella) of 50 X 75 cm to place designs and prints in for class room storage.
Small sketch book for ideas and planning.

Course Description

Serigraphy II is a continuation in development of printing techniques, designing skills, concepts and craftsmanship.  Projects involve more complex ideas and printing skills in both art prints on paper or textile prints.  At this level development of a theme, direction or style is encouraged.  Challenges in projects of a more complex nature; more colors, more layers, larger scale, other stencil techniques not explored in the previous semester are some of the many possibilities. If the intermediate student has not covered some of the techniques in their previous beginning course, that I normally offer in the beginning level, their first project should cover this technique.
It is necessary to interview the prospective student to know exactly of their experience in the previous course.  It would be very helpful to see examples of the work done in the previous course. This can be done by seeing their previous works on their laptop or photos on their cell phone. This review of their work will help in deciding which direction to go with the continuing work in serigraphy.

Also, because every studio has slightly different equipment and even differences in the inks and emulsion type, the student will need to do a small introductory project to get used to the supplies and equipment in this studio.  After that they can move on more quickly with their work. They should present the instructor with a theme or proposal of the work that they would like to accomplish in the session.

The student should be able to complete approximately three projects during the semester, on their theme, depending on complexity of the projects. The calendar will mainly follow the rest of the class, but with more developed projects and concepts.


20% of your grade will be based on cumulative work with final presentation.  Work will be evaluated on general progress, enthusiasm, involvement, and responsibility in cleanup of studio space and tools.

60% of the grade will be based on the projects artistic qualities.

20% of the grade will be based on attendance.
Attendance follows SACI regulations.

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.


WEEK 1, SEPT. 9 - 12
Introduction to class / go over course description /  tour of studio and equipment /  go over examples with explanations / start working on first designs for 4 color drawn design /  designing help /  demonstration on cleaning screens for the first project.

WEEK 2, SEPT. 16 - 19
Continue designing for first project /  individual cleaning of screens for the first project with close help / approval of design proposal and start  preparations of transparencies for photo emulsion transfer.

WEEK 3, SEPT. 23 - 26
Continue preparations for first project. Second class, demonstration on Darkroom techniques / coating screens, drying and exposure of screens,

WEEK 4, SEPT. 30 - OCT. 3
Continue with darkroom processes, coating, drying and exposure of screens.  Second class ink mixing demonstration.

WEEK 5, OCT. 7 - 10
DEMO printing techniques for paper / registration.

Printing techniques for printing a length of textile fabrics.

WEEK  6, OCT. 14 - 17
Continue printing first project.  Second class if ready, class critique on the first project.

WEEK 7, OCT. 21 - 24
Introduction to second project requirements / 8 color painterly print, with looking at examples / 4 colors if project is textile. Start designing and preparing new project.

WEEK 8, OCT.  26 - NOV. 3

WEEK 9, NOV. 4 - 7
Work on second project. Darkroom work and printing.

WEEK 10, NOV.  11 - 14
Finish printing on second project.  Second class start with class critique on 2nd project.  After critique, start 3rd project /  looking at and explaining process with some examples./  start planning. Textile project is rotating scarf or tile design 

WEEK 11, NOV.  18 - 21
Working on third Photo image project / or rotating textile design.

WEEK 12, NOV.  25 - 28
Working on third Photo image project /  or rotating textile design. Class critique on 3rd project.

WEEK 13, DEC. 2 - 5
Working on free choice project.

WEEK 14, DEC. 9 - 12
Working on free choice project. FINISHING all projects.

WEEK 15, DEC 16 - 19
Student art exhibit in the studio, date to be fixed.
Final individual critiques.

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