This class will help you understand the basics of screen printing. Created for the absolute beginner, it is a starting point for individuals who want the chance to see exactly what happens in screen printing and be able to make an educated choice about how to proceed.

Everyone will follow the process — from film positives to screen preparation to printing of shirts — in an easy-to-understand way. The trainer will explain each step, identifying equipment, producing positive film from artwork, choosing screen types and mesh sizes, making a working stencil, exposing screens, and printing garments with plastisol inks.

You will also learn how to coat a screen and use capillary film, and how to correctly time screen exposure. Demonstrations in a group setting show how to set up your press quickly and load the garments properly. Also covered: printing on light and dark colored garments, flash curing, and final curing. Each participant will have the opportunity to print a design on light shirts and also a design with a flash on dark shirts.

You will leave the class ready to decide if you are ready to jump into the world of screen printing and if you are prepared to progress to the more detailed three day hands-on class where the "why" and "how best" is answered in depth.

This class will begin at 8:30am and finish at noon.

Step 2 is the perfect class for anyone thinking about entering the industry.

If you have completed this class and/or have already decided to become a screen printer, please consider taking Step 3 for hands-on training as well as Step 1 for vector artwork basics.