Screenprinting: Introduction to Poster Art


ON CAMPUS: 9 February – 30 March 2022, Wednesday 6pm-9pm. Early Fee ends 2 January 2022
Malcolm Smith

Explore the art of poster printing to create unique text-based posters, create the illusion of depth and shade, and incorporate photographs into colourful prints. Learn how to make paper-cut stencils, apply photocopies to acetate, coat screens with emulsion, overlay colours, layer transparent colours, use dot screens, draw on acetate, and make two- and three-colour separations.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

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Full Details

Term: Term One 2022
Start Date: 9 February 2022
End Date: 30 March 2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6pm-9pm
Number of classes: 8

Teacher: Malcolm Smith
Level: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $670.00
Early Fee: $595.00
Concession Fee: $640.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Explore the fast, cheap and messy medium of Poster Art – a practice that gave a voice to popular culture in the 20th century, using basic techniques that have been around for centuries. Malcolm Smith introduces you to the primary aspects of printing posters including how to make a text-based poster; how to create the illusion of depth and shade; and how to incorporate photographs into colourful prints.

Each session begins with a demonstration of materials, methods and discussion, followed by practical activities to produce your own prints. In the first session the assignment will be to design a poster with a simple background colour and add text to the foreground; followed by more complex techniques as the course progresses.

The screenprinting process requires many steps, Malcolm guides you through every stage in a systematic way,  from making paper-cut stencils, applying photocopies to acetate, coating screens with emulsion, overlaying colours, layering transparent colours, dot screens, drawing on acetate, basic Photoshop techniques, two and three-colour separations and printing editions. Malcolm also introduces you to environmentally safe procedures and how to set up your own sustainable print studio at home.

The course is suitable for beginners at printmaking as well as for more experienced students who will be encouraged to break the rules.

Lecturer Profile

Malcolm Smith is an Australian artist who has been based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the past decade. He is one of the co-founders of Krack!, an artist-run printmaking studio and gallery in Yogyakarta, that works collaboratively with artists to produce and exhibit print-based works that are visually innovative and respond critically to events, developments and cultural debates in the Asia Pacific region. Since 2013 Krack! has exhibited works in Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, China and Italy, delivered workshops with local and international artists, and collaborated with senior as well as emerging Indonesian artists. Before moving to Indonesia, Malcolm worked as a program manager at contemporary art spaces around Australia including the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design and the Australian Centre for Photography. Visit www.invisibleman.net.au; www.krackstudio.com


2 sheets A2 drafting film
2 graphite pencils B2 and B6
2 permanent black markers a fine point and thick point
5 small plastic containers with lids (takeaway boxes are fine)
Roll masking tape
Plastic gloves – disposable or thicker pair to re-use
Screenprinting paste, small tub of 500ml, Lascaux brand from Art Scene at University of NSW Art and Design shop, Paddington campus, or Art Scene shop in West Ryde.
Acrylic paints – buy only these brands Chromacryl or Matisse.
Basic colours – red, blue, yellow and white (one tube of each colour)
Additional colours may be purchased during the course, the teacher will advise. But if you already have some acrylic paints in any colours, bring them along.
Source materials

Bring in a good selection of interesting photographs, prints or drawings to turn into ideas for posters. Collect them from any source but not bigger than A3 in size.

Printing paper
The teacher will advise you on the most suitable papers for printing, but no paper is needed for first class. The paper can be purchased on campus at Parker’s Fine Art Supplies.

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, it is compulsory to wear masks indoors when on campus and all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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