Screen printing, also known as serigraphy in the field of art, has only been used for artistic purposes since the middle of the last century. The special feature of this large-scale printing technique and its unrestricted colourfulness explain its closeness to painting. Screen printing experienced its provisional highpoint with artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Victor Vasarely, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, Josef Albers, Rupprecht Geiger, Gerd Winner, Wolf Vostell etc. within the setting of pop and op art. It has been firmly anchored and an integral part of the music and independent scene and political agitation movements since that time.
In its most recent development, screen printing has emerged as the tactile/design interface with the digital world. In a manner similar to sampling music parts from different audio recordings, this graphical printing technique enables users to bring together graphical, painting and photographic working processes. Other materials like linen, corrugated cardboard, wood, plastics, glass and ceramics can all be used as print substrates in addition to paper. Screen printing – a field of experimentation up to and including 3D.
Printing normally takes place with water-soluble gouache paints; acrylic paint can be used for special applications.
Approx. 5 introductory courses (each lasting 6 – 8 days) are available each semester. Outside the course times, the workshop is available for students to complete their own projects or engage in artistic and experimental work. You may only use the facilities if you have attended an introductory course, have arranged your appointment and share in the material costs.