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Screen Printing Workshop at Gallery 1855

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by Laura Turner (subscribe)
Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
Published June 19th 2016
Learn how to print your very own masterpiece
Located in Adelaide's north east at 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully, Gallery 1855 weaves together visual arts with the community by hosting regular art exhibitions and creative development workshops.

Tucked away inside a historic building, the main gallery was originally the very first council chamber in South Australia, built in 1855. In 2012 the building was refurbished and completely transformed into a versatile creative space with the assistance of federal and local government.

We headed down recently to check out their current exhibition (showcasing Australian artists and print makers) before getting our hands dirty at Screen Printing Workshop run by Jake from Tooth & Nail Artist Studios.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Screen Printing Workshop at Gallery 1855.


Screen Printing Workshop

What exactly is screen printing? Well, it's an artistic technique where ink is transferred through a fine mesh screen onto a material such as paper or fabric. The shape of the print is determined by a blocking stencil created out of an impermeable piece of paper or plastic.

Sounds simple, right? But there's a bit of a knack to it as we found out at the workshop.

So, how did we go?

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Practising the design on paper first.


Screen printing is super fun and quite easy to do once you know how. Jake took us through a complete introductory workshop to learn the basics of screen printing our very one hand-cut designs onto tea towels.

First though he took us on a tour of the gallery to check out some screen printing examples already on display in the exhibition and talk us through the different kinds of screen printing techniques used to create them. It was fascinating to see the different styles of images that can be created with this awesome creative art form.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Jake showing screen print examples in the exhibition room.


Back in the art room at Gallery 1855, we took some time to draw our designs on glossy paper and cut them out before taping them onto our screens.

Heads up: If you head to one of these workshops, we definitely recommend coming prepared with a few stencil designs in mind. :)


Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
What stencil will you create? Freestyle, geometric, or something in between?


Next, we learned how to prepare the screens for printing by first 'flooding' the ink onto the screen before pressing on an actual print coat. This took a few practice runs on paper to get the hang of, but once we did we were ready to try printing onto our tea towels.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Flooding the screen with ink before printing.


We were able to make up to 5 towels each depending on the complexity of our designs and how quickly we picked up the skills.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Exercise your creative muscles and learn a new skill at Gallery 1855.


Before long there were colourful designs of birds, lizards, cherries, pears, and other abstract designs floating around the room.

Once completed they were dry within around 15-20 minutes and ready to take home.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
One of our final tea towels - we experimented with both designs on one towel. What do you think?


Creative Development Workshops

Now, there are plans in the pipeline for more screen printing workshops at Gallery 1855 later in the year, but until then there are some other amazing workshops you should definitely check out. They're being presented as part of the Print Council of Australia's 50th Anniversary celebrations and the 2016 Year of Print, so it's time to get creative and learn some amazing new artistic skills!

Stitched Up - Saturday 25th June 2016 (10am - 4.30pm)
Learn to make simple artists books by cutting, gluing, stitching and repurposing magazines and other printed materials with Barbara Coddington (writer and artist) and Simone Tippett (print artist).
Price: $45 per person, covering all materials (pay on the day).

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Pick your favourite colour from the screen printing inks.


Drypoint - Sunday 17th July 2016 (10am - 4.30pm)
Learn to make a drypoint plate and print it onto an etching press with print artist Simone Tippett.
Price: $50 per person, covering all materials (pay on the day).

Keen to try your hand at a workshop or just want to join the mailing list for updates? Get in touch with Niki Vouis, Arts & Cultural Director of the City of Tea Tree Gully by email at niki.vouis@cttg.sa.gov.au or give her a call on 08 8397 7216.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
Exhibitions are held regularly so head to Gallery 1855 and check them out.


Exhibitions at Gallery 1855
The current exhibition (celebrating the Australian Print Commission's 2016 Year of Print) is open until 25th June, so be sure to pop in for a visit. For the past 50 years, the PCA has commissioned 10 prints per year from contemporary Australian artists and printmakers. This exhibition charts the personal, social and political concerns of the past 50 years, as well as changes in material practice. It's a great exhibition for anyone interested in works on paper, printmaking and the way our country has changed over time.

Gallery 1855 welcomes exhibition proposals from artists at any time of the year. To learn more, get in touch with Niki via email niki.vouis@cttg.sa.gov.au or 08 8397 7216, or check out the Gallery 1855 website.

Gallery 1855 Workshop - Head to a class at Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully for screen printing and more at their exciting art room and exhibition centre. Adelaide, South Australia.
The beautiful restored exterior of Gallery 1855.
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Why? Work out those artistic muscles and learn a brand new creative skill.
When: Wednesday to Saturday - Noon to 5.00 pm
Phone: 08 8397 7444
Where: 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully, SA
Cost: Exhibitions are generally free, costs vary for workshops but include all materials required.
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