So, I was contacted last week by our local museum about teaching a basic beginner t-shirt screen printing workshop/class at the museum. They have a space where they hold workshops with various media...collage, pastels, etc. They want to have a really basic t-shirt printing workshop for people ages teens and up. Just something to explain the concept, make a screen, and print one shirt. So I need to figure out the best way to do this. The facility this will be held in is basically a conference room...no running water. There is a janitors area with a utility sink in the basement though. It will be a class of approximately ten people.
Here is what I need to decide....
Should I try to figure out a way to bring a dozen coated screens there and have the students draw/paint on transparencies with india ink, burn screens with a halogen light, and wash out in the utility sink? Or should I go more basic and just go with screens hand-painted with screen filler? If I go the screen filler route what is a good water-resistant filler/blockout that is still reclaimable? We will probably just be using Speedball waterbased fabric ink. Is the Speedball screen filler stuff any good...I've read that its a pain to reclaim. How long does it take for screen filler to dry?
They are thinking about a four hour class....I need to figure out if we can explain the process, have the students draw/paint their films or direct onto their screens, have the screens dry, and print each screen in four hours. What do you guys think? Photo emulsion, or screen filler/blockout? Maybe even more basic and just keep it to cut paper stencils? Four hours...too little time?