Are you aware that you can turn your own designs into real, screen-printed T-shirts? The results can look very sleek and professional and it’s actually a fairly easy skill to learn — at least, the basics are.
If you’re interested and happen to be in London, then you’re in luck, because there are loads of places offering short courses.
But with so many out there, how do you know which one to choose? Don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork for you and found nine of the best places to learn how to screen print in London. Whether you’re a complete beginner, want to study screen printing intensively or just want to refresh your skills, you’re bound to find something that suits you.
Where to study Screen Printing in London:
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#9 City Lit
City Lit has over 5,000 courses in Covent Garden — not all of them dedicated to screen printing, naturally, but they do have a large selection of different screen printing sessions available! You can learn skills ranging from the essentials to more specific things like how to expose your photos correctly so they look good as a print.
#8 East London Print Makers
After hours of instruction, you’ll sure be able to successfully screen print a cool T-shirt by the end of this course. You can choose from a three-day daytime course or a five-session evening one. You’re going to have to be quick to reserve a spot though, as they tend to go quickly!
#7 London College of Communication
This course isn’t the cheapest on our list, but it will be headed by a real professional and have quality instruction. They will also teach you how to prepare your image so that the screen-to-shirt results are the ones you’re looking for — something that not all of the courses offer.
#6 London Print Studio
The London Print Studio specialises in all things relating to, well, printing. They run introductory and intermediate-level screen printing courses. Both will teach you different techniques, though the intermediate one naturally does more in-depth.
#5 Print Club London
Print Club London has a great selection of different kinds of workshops, from a beginner’s session to a full-on corporate workshop. Even better, after you do a workshop you can officially become a Print Club member.
#4 Putney School of Art & Design
While the Putney School of Art & Design offers full degree programmes, they also have classes designed for adult learners who are looking to learn some new artistic skills in their spare time or complete a diploma on a part-time schedule. They’ve often got screen printing, so check their website for their current offerings!
#3 Sonsoles Print Studio
Sonsoles offer two different types of courses to suit different types of learners.You can do a quick one-day Introduction Course to see if you like screen printing, and then if you do, follow it up with their month-long Basic or Intermediate evening course. All are done in small groups.
#2 Thames-Side Print Studio
This is one of the largest open access printing studios in all of London. They run courses on any sort of print you’d like, which of course includes lots of screen printing techniques. If you really find you like printing, you’ll be able to expand your print technique repertoire here, too.
#1 Wicked Printing Studd
These guys have a range of different courses so that no matter what your level of screen printing knowledge, from very basic to a seasoned professional. They’ve also got options for class size, how long of a course you want and so on.
What will I learn on a screen printing course?
Taking a screen printing course in London (or anywhere else) means you’ll learn the basics plus the tricks of the trade. A good screen printing course should cover things like:
- The history of screen printing
- The theory
- Design tips
- How to choose inks
- Layering colour
- Fabrics to use
And importantly, prepare to get messy! Screen printing involves a degree of rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. Part of the fun is being up to your armpits in ink!
Of course, if you choose a short day course you’ll only have time to learn the basics to allow you to put your newfound screen printing skills into practice and print something (usually a T-shirt or bag, though sometimes it may only be on a piece of paper).
Why learn screen printing?
Perhaps you’re thinking of setting up your own screen printing business and want to learn as much as you can. This technique isn’t only for clothing, it can be used to print on paper, wood, metal and almost any other material you can think of.
Or you may be an art teacher and want to teach screen printing at your school or college.
Whether you want to learn screen printing as a hobby or as a profession, a good screen printing course will teach you all you need to know about this fascinating trade.
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