Created to Create
We had the amazing opportunity of going to Backstage Graphics to learn about screen printing. The owner, Josh Crouch offered to let each student screen print their own t-shirt.
We had a t-shirt design contest in order to decide on what would be printed on our shirts. Students created designs using a famous artist quote, art supplies, or the beauty of God's creation. The winnning design was chosen based on creativity, neatness, and overall professional design. We voted and ended up combining the top three designs by Piper Brown, Cameron Foy, and Anna Graves.
We learned about the creative process required in order to design and print shirt orders. The t-shirts are designed on a computer program using a previous sketch or a digital design. Then, the design is turned into a 'stencil' on a screen using a special coating in a dark room. Using this screen, ink is pushed through the stencilled design onto the t-shirt. Students were able to print the winning design on a shirt to keep. They were also shown how screen printing is used to create artwork.