Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Come silk screen with me!

Another good bit of news for myself today is that I signed up for a Silk Screen Crash Course at the Dougherty Arts Center here in Austin. I am so.insanely.excited. I've been wanting to learn how to silk screen for ages, but I haven't been able to find a class that fits my schedule/budget or that really inspired me. Until now!

I met Kathleen McTee through Leslie and instantly fell in love - especially since one of the first times I hung out with her, she was working on this amazing piece that was hand dyed/silk screened cloth on which she was embroidering a really cool design. I tried to play cool as I looked at it, but wanted to scream, "OHMYGOD-THIS-IS-AMAZING-I-MUST-LEARN-HOW-TO-DO-THIS!"

So when I found her most recent class listings, I very gently and lovingly convinced my husband that we had room in our budget for the Silk Screen Crash Course. (give it up for Mother's Day gifts!) It's a full week of school-day-hours silk screen classes. Heaven! Drop off the kids and go get my screen on - I cannot wait. My mind is already swimming with all the things I want to try to print. I really think this could be a hugely inspirational class for me, because silk screening is something that has intrigued me for a long time, and plays well to my love of bold graphics. And now I get to go order supplies from Dick Blick! Hurrah!

How can you get in on this fun? Just check out Kat's web site at Here's a listing of her summer classes she's offering. I really want to take the Dye, Print, Stitch class, but it's not gonna work with my schedule this time around. I strongly encourage you to check out the classes, and sign up! If you sign up for the Silk Screen Crash Course, please let me know! I'd love to have a crafty pal in there!

ENROLLING now! Call 512.974.4040 to register at the Dougherty Arts Center

An accelerated, fun week of printing power!
$185/5 classes
Monday-Friday, May 12-16, 9AM-2PM

Summery Goodness (register starting April 28th):

DYE, PRINT, STITCH! (New Class!)*
Make original fabric suitable for pillows, quilts, purses or other projects -- while learning to dye, silkscreen and embroider! Students will use safe, easy fiber-reactive dyes to add rich color to cloth, then print the fabric with "instant" thermofax silkscreens of original designs. Meanwhile, learn hand embroidery techniques, and finish off your cloth with beautiful stitched embellishment.
$125 / 5 classes
Tuesdays, 6PM-9PM
June 3 - July 1
July 15 - August 19

Explore the color wheel, learn the fundamentals of color theory and color mixing through hands-on exercises, and make color work for you! Whether you're an artist, designer, decorator, or simply an art lover, mastering color principles and vocabulary can add depth to your work, and change the way you see your everyday environment!
$85 / 4 classes
Wednesdays, 6PM-9PM
June 4-July 2
July 16-August 13

$125/5 classes
Thursdays, 6PM-9PM
June 5-July 3
July 17-August 14

Current and returning textile/silkscreen students may register to use the studio to work on class or independent projects alongside other artists. Dye & print fabric, make silkscreens (including photo emulsion), etc. I'll be available for assistance and brainstorming!
(Open studio is not for production work.)
$80/4 weeks (dye, paint, chemicals, photo emulsion included!)
Mondays, 6PM-9PM
June 2-June 23
June 30-July 21

All images are from Kat's web site. No Edmunds were hurt in the blogging of this subject.*

*inside joke, don't worry if you don't get it. ;-)


  1. Ooh! How fun! Screen printing is my newest preoccupation... Surprisingly, I'm loving printing on paper as much as on fabric.
    Can't wait to see what you learn and your creations!

  2. Hey, I get the joke. The silk screening class will teach you enough to go absolutely crazy! Too much good information with great results. Highly recommended.
    I have to go clean my squeegee now...

  3. I am sure I don't have to tell you how insanely jealous I am . . . because I am!

    That's it, I'm taking it this summer.

  4. i'm so ahem jealous ahem excited for you. that's not bad for a five day course.

    have fun!

  5. Good for you, Rach! Silk screening will be a great skill to have under your belt. I can't wait to see what you make! ♥

  6. Ooh, I am really considering doing this with you. I can't wait to see what you create!


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