ARTS(S)435 Advanced Serigraphy, Kathy Knippel, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(S)435 Advanced 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

Advanced Serigraphy students at this level should have developed competent designing and printing skills.  At this time presentation of a concept and direction toward a highly developed project to be presented at the end of the semester.  The semester project theme involves more complex ideas and printing skills in both art prints on paper or textile prints.  At this level development of a theme, or concept is the objective. Challenges of a more complex nature; more colors, more layers, larger scale, other techniques or even mixed with other media, such as painting, graphic design, ceramics especially installations are some of the  possibilities to be considered. 
It is necessary to interview the prospective student to know exactly their experience in the previous courses.  It is necessary to see examples of the work done in the previous courses. This can be done by seeing their previous works on their laptop computers 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. During this time the student needs to write a proposal of the theme or concept for the semester projects and present this proposal to the instructor for planning of the program.  

The end of the semester exhibit of student work is a vital part of the presentation of the advanced student's concept theme project and must be accompanied with a written concept statement to be displayed alongside the group of works.

The student should be able to complete approximately four projects during the semester, on their theme. 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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