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

ARTS(S)435 Advanced Serigraphy, Kathy Knippel, Summer I 2019

Advanced serigraphy 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. Here a development of a theme, direction or style is encouraged. Challenges in projects of a more complex nature; more cobra, more layers, larger scale, other stencil techniques not explored in the first semester are possibilities.

Students in the art print/serigraphy direction will develop more complexity in technique and design concepts. They should develop an area of interest, and produce a group of prints on a theme. They may also try other stencil process not yet experienced, as well as other materials to print on. Applications with other media may be experimented with such as other printmaking techniques, book arts, printing on canvas and mixing with painting, collage, combinations with photography, graphic design and product design applications with screen printing. Approximately four or more main projects to be presented.

Textile design students are to develop a group of designs or a collection, related on a theme, to include: a small scale repeat, a large scale repeat, a stripe, a border, a rotating quarter repeat for a scarf design, and a design shaped to bit a pattern piece. These designs are to be rendered completely and presented in a portfolio presentation, which also illustrates the possible final use or application of the textile designs. At least three or four designs in the collection are to be actually printed on fabric. The fabrics are to be presented as lengths of yardage, items of clothing or household furnishing items or a quilt or textile sculpture.

1. SKILLS (general)
a. Develop interest in basic creative activities.
b. Develop the necessary skills to perform the techniques introduced.
c. Develop knowledge of design principles and concepts as applied to textile design and printmaking.
d. Encourage personal and original application of design concepts.
e. Develop the ability to utilize design elements and concepts in applying them to the solution of specific design problems.
f. Encourage utilization of serigraphy as a means of creative self-expression and visual peterrtial.
g. Develop the ability to evaluate one’s own work and that of others, and to verbalize the evaluation.
h. Develop critical and professional standards.

2. SKILLS (specific)
a. hand cut stencil technique.
b. direct block out technique.
c. hand drawn transparencies for photo emulsion technique.
d. use of photocopies for photo emulsion technique.
e. use of computer for photo emulsion technique.
f. use of photo enlarger for litho transparencies.
g. photographic emulsion and darkroom procedures.
h. inks and their preparation.
i. registration and printing procedures.
j. screen stretching, cleaning and recuperation.
k. ability to design and print a serigraphy print edition.
l. ability to design a textile and put into repeat pattern and different color ways.
m. ability to make the various color separations required for the number of colors in the silkscreen design.
n. ability to improvise and experiment with other silkscreen applications of mixed materials, such as canvas, wood, and mixing with other art media such as graphic, design, book art, painting and photography.

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.


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; use of the silkscreen frames and squeeges and the wear and consumption on the silkscreen nylons and other equipment.

Materials to 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 doing textile printing.
- Portfolio (cartella) of 50 x 75 cm in which to place designs and prints for classroom storage

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