Name of Project: Emulsion Screenprint

Grade Level or Age of Participant: High School, Junior Senior

School, Teacher and Classroom: Perpich, Graham Judd, Screenprinting

Teaching Artist: Colleen McLaren

Visual Arts Content or Standards

9-12 Artistic Foundations

  1. Analyze how the elements of visual art including color, line, shape, value, form, texture and space; and principles such as repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast and balance are combined to communicate meaning in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.

  2. Evaluate how the principles of visual art such as repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast and balance are used in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks

 Overview of Project

Students will create an original two layer (or more) screenprint using emulsion coated screens exposed to light. They will use ink on transparencies as stencils to expose images. Stencils should be hand done not printed from an existing image.

“Big Ideas”/ Essential QUESTION(s)

How is human emotion expressed in art and design? 

How does printmaking connect to the human experience?

How does craft affect the perception and understanding of imagery?

Student Outcome Objectives

Students will:

1. Learn to use the exposure unit

2. Create and practice making an edition

3. Create a 2 layer print with content

4. Create an original edition of prints from and original idea and the elements and principles of design

Prior Knowledge

Students need to have introductory experience screenprinting.

Lesson Preparation Timeline

  1. Create a presentation of example images and the project, and create assignment sheets.

  2. Coat two screens ahead of time for the demo and transparencies to expose onto the screen at least two days before presentation.

  3. Assignment sheets with assignment description, objectives and instructions

Examples of Artwork

Personal artwork, artwork of college peers, and artist work. Work will demonstrate both what will can go wrong in the process as well as quality prints.

Additional Resources


Critique the week after projects are completed focusing on the use of elements and principals of design, originality of ideas, intersection of technique and content, screen printing errors and oversights, quality of technique and craft.



Sketchbooks (students personal)


Photo emulsion

Dark room

Scoop coater (for applying emulsion to screens). Fits too screen

Exposure unit


India ink

Screen printing table/jig


Screenprint ink

Spatula/spoon to scoop ink

Squeegee-appopriate size for screen

Learning Activities and Timeline

  1. Pass out assignment sheets, 5 Min

  2. Introduce the project through presentation, show examples of work, 15-20 Min

  3. Give demo on creating transparencies, 5 Min

  4. Show how to use exposure unit, 15-30

  5. Rinse screen. STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS, 5 min

  6. Make a print when screen is dry

  7. Students ideate and sketch rest of class, talk about ideas individually, the remaining time period

  8. Last 10 minutes, come together, show print, talk about ideas, 10 Min

Teaching Artist Reflection

Students may not pay attention for instructions and get confused. Instructive signage will assist with this.

Students may not all get to see what is going on due to a camped space. If this is the case, demos could take place in smaller groups of 5-8. 

Talk throughout the demo and have a different student assist with each step to make the demo easier and have students as knowledgable resources throughout the project.

Students work: