Lesson 4: Silkscreen Printing

Planning Your Print Collage Sketches
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Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986, ©AWF

Students plan their color combinations before they start to print. 

Suggested Time Frame:

3-4 class periods

Objectives:

  • Students will coat silkscreens with a light sensitive emulsion
  • Students will expose the silkscreens using their film positives
 
Procedure
Table showing correct procedure for students to construct their collage
Table showing correct procedure for students to construct their collage

Materials:

Student sketchbooks and selection of colored pencils or pastelsColored paperScissors
Students’ Film Positive transparenciesGlue

Procedure

  1. Have students choose 3 combinations of 4 colors. They can make sketches of their combinations in their sketchbook.
  2. Demonstrate printing from light to dark. Discuss with your students the importance of planning their color combinations before they start to print. Students should “build” their prints from light to dark, printing the lightest colors first, then ending with the darkest colors. All ink colors have different levels of opacity. When a light color is printed over a dark color, the two mix and the result is a variant of the intended color.
  3. Have students select colors and fill in a table like the one above. They should use colored collage paper to make a to-scale version of their print and overlay the Film Positive transparency to check the design. The transparency can be taped down to the page to preserve accuracy. 
  4. Remove the Film Positive transparency and glue the final collage. This is the students guide for cutting their stencils.
 
Assessment

Warhol Education Rubrics

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Critical Thinking
Communication
Creative Process
Media and Related Items
Collection
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