Introduction to Screenprinting

Our popular intro course will get you screenprinting in two days. We break it down into 8 easy steps, and small class size means lots of hands-on learning.

Andy talks to a class

Less talk, more action – Not only do we explain how to use the tools, we work with each student to ensure they master each step and use their tools – in this case a scoop coater – properly, and can troubleshoot problems.

Intro to Screenprinting Weekend Courses

Every month we run the Intro Course at Wachiay Studio in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island. It is a well equipped textile and graphic screen printing shop. Classes are small, and run Saturday and Sunday 9:30-5pm. Dates, cost, and sign up here.

The Details

Novices: It’s easy to follow and doesn’t require any ‘artistic’ skill.

Practicing screenprinters: upgrade knowledge, quickly learn up-to-date techniques that will make you more efficient and give you better printing results.

This is all about hands-on learning the basic fundamentals of screenprinting with photostencils. We use waterbased inks, and also take some time to learn the applications and history of our favorite print process.

Areas we will cover:

  • Art and Film prep
  • Screens – mesh, emulsion, exposure, reclaiming
  • Inks -mixing, thinning, additives
  • Make Ready and Registration
  • Printing Techniques on various materials

On the first day, participants will go through a ‘cycle’ of screenprinting an image created using a variety of art tools and film types. Screens will be coated, exposed, and reclaimed. A sample run of each design helps the students see the relationships between the various elements of the screen printing process and how they all work together.

During the second half of the 2 day course, students are free to create and print their own simple designs, while practicing the steps learned earlier. With the small class size everyone gets lots of hands-on opportunity, and we make an attempt to accommodate small runs of art prints or different materials. (glass, silk, ceramics, 1-colour shirts, fabric, wood and leather are just some of the materials we have imaged during our courses – let me know in advance if you have specific applications you want to cover).

Course Cost

Cost for the Introduction to Screenprinting course is $300 per person. The price includes a light lunch each day, materials, and the book Screenprinting Today, the Basics. Two or more people booking the same course get $25 off for each additional person. This cost does not include transportation or accommodation, but we can help you find both.


Squeegeeville and Andy MacDougall now operate from Wachiay Studio in Courtenay, B.C. MacDougall is the managing director of this innovative social enterprise. It is located in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Direct flights form Vancouver and Calgary airports land at Comox (YQQ) for more info visit

For more information call 250-338-7793 ext 263 or Send us an email.

  • Todd and Bob, graphic design and printmaking instructors

    Todd and Bob are graphic design and printmaking instructors at a university in Arkansas. Not only did they take the course, they went back to their school and within 3 years have instituted a strong and popular screenprinting course, in a brand new printlab. They even came back for an Art Print Experience (link) and produced some large format limited edition prints.

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