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Introduction to Screen Printing

Running from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August, this course is for complete beginners and for those who want to extend their skills and experience in screen printing. Ruskin printmaking tutor and artist Graeme Hughes will guide you through techniques and processes to apply your creativity and develop a self-initiated multi-layered project in screen printing.

The course will be led by the Ruskin’s Visiting Tutor of Printmaking Graeme Hughes, MA (RCA). Graeme is an artist and printmaker, whose practice spans drawing, printmaking and sculpture. 

With a maximum class size of 8 participants, you will be taught by master class and demonstrations, with studio exercises and group discussions.

From techniques of drawing and painting, working with colour and collage, designing form and pattern, to photographic techniques and approaches to registration and editioning, Graeme will demonstrate how to build your project in expressive and creative ways.

By the end of the course you will have covered: creative approaches to artwork production, how to set up your artwork for print, preparing and exposing a screen using photographic emulsion, working the presses, mixing inks, registration and editioning tips.  You will leave the Ruskin with a new portfolio of work and the key skills to produce a multi-layered original screen print.


  • Day 1 – Creating Print Designs; Approaches & Techniques
  • You will learn how to make photographic silk screens ready for exposure and to receive your artwork for your self-initiated project and multi coloured print.
  • Through a series of demonstrations and creative making activities with our course tutor you will explore a range of techniques to apply your own painted, drawn, and collaged marks in the making of screen print stencils.
  • Day 2 – Developing The Image; Pattern, Colour and Tone.
  • Introducing you to working in a digital workspace you will learn how to prepare and edit a digital image through open source software, output to print, and integrate into a screen print design.
  • Day 3 – Exploring and Developing Technique; Layering and the Reduction Method.
  • Learn how to further develop your designs and screen print techniques through demonstrations applying masking techniques, layering of images and working with transparency of colour.
  • Day 4 – Play & Experimentation
  • For this day you have the time and space under the guidance of Graeme to further develop your designs. Applying what you have learnt over the previous three days this day will be an opportunity to individualise your prints and make a fine art original edition. Tips and tricks for editioning will be demonstrated and a discussion about the work we have all made will be held.

This course will be held in the printmaking studios at the Ruskin’s dynamic new development at 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX4 1QP. 

All basic materials for students to make screen prints will be provided within the course costs: Screens, inks, proofing paper, tissue paper and newsprint, drawing materials and paint brushes, tapes, acetate and films for making artwork for screen printing, photographic emulsion, mixing cups. Specialist fine art printmaking papers can be bought from the school stock per sheet. Students will be able to take away their prints at the end of the course and paper and card will be available to make portfolios for transport.

Please wear suitable clothing.

Light refreshments are available all day. Lunch is not provided but can be purchased from a range of nearby cafes and delicatessens. 

Tuition is in English. No academic or artistic criteria are required for attendance on this course although participants must be 16 and over. Please be aware that there is very limited disabled access at the Ruskin.

For further information, please email, or phone: +44-(0)1865 276940

Graeme Hughes

Booking a Place

Booking is done through the University of Oxford's Online Store. We regret that the Ruskin cannot reserve places or take payment for bookings. 

There are three payment rates available :

Standard: £680.00

Students and over-65s(5% discount): £645.00

Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) : £610.00

If you select a discounted booking rate, you will need to present your University alumni/staff card, NUS card, or some form of identification indicating your status at the start of the course.

These courses are non-residential – participants must arrange their own travel and accommodation. To enjoy the full University of Oxford experience, we recommend booking accommodation in nearby colleges through University Rooms (guests must be 21 or over, or accompanied by someone over 21).

Cancellation Policy

Please note the Ruskin's cancellation policy for the summer short courses.  These policies are in contrast to the terms and conditions listed on the online store and take precedence over that policy.

Deposit, calculated as 15% of the course fee, applies to all courses.

Any booking that is cancelled more than one month before the start date of a course will receive a refund of any fees paid minus the Deposit.

Cancellations received within one month of the start of a course will not be eligible for any refund. The Ruskin strongly recommends that customers take out travel insurance against loss of the course fee in case they need to cancel at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Where a customer wishes to cancel a place on one course and transfer to another, this refund policy will normally apply.

The Ruskin reserves the right to cancel a course up to one month before the start date of a course, beyond that point, a course will be guaranteed. If a course is cancelled by the school, participants will be refunded in full.