Take a screen break

9th January 2004 at 00:00
Screenprinting: The Complete Water-Based System By Robert Adam and Carol Robertson (Thames and Hudson pound;24.95) I can remember using solvent-based screenprinting inks in the classroom long before health-and-safety issues were highlighted. OK, windows were opened, but I did feel light-headed after a printing session.

Toxic inks and solvents are definitely not to be recommended in school.

High-quality screenprinting can be achieved using water-based inks, which offer the same results without the dangers of flammability, or the headache.

This book comprehensively outlines the issues and techniques of using this more environmentally friendly and safe version of screenprinting.

Illustrated in colour, it is intelligently written and is full of examples and case studies. There is little to compare to the satisfaction that pupils gain from engaging with printmaking activities. Simple screenprints can be achieved with little and inexpensive equipment, and with young pupils. At the other end of the spectrum, complex multi-coloured images can be created by older students.

This book covers techniques from simple paper stencils to photo-stencil prints. There is clearly potential for screenprinting within the classroom at all key stages, and now there are completely safe techniques to use.

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