Before social media let groups of friends continually broadcast their whereabouts, custom T-shirts were the only way to let everyone know you successfully ate an entire 5-pound steak. Learn to make a friendly statement with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a three-hour screen-printing workshop at Fugscreens Studios (a $130 total value). The workshop includes the following:
- Three hours of screen-printing instruction and studio time (a $90 value).
- All materials necessary to create two 13"x18" prints (a $40 value).
Fugscreens Studios' classes and workshops, designed by artist and studio founder Zissou Tasseff-Elenkof, enlist students to help in the fight against blank T-shirts and posters through professional screen printing. Tasseff-Elenkoff honed his abilities at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he imparts his squeegee-wielding wisdom in working with each student to provide inspiration and constructive guidance. During each three-hour class, students will explore the background and history of screen-printing, as well as various examples such as drawn, exposed, block outs, and canvas prints. Students should arrive with their original ideas, which they will transform to a template with the help of Photoshop, Illustrator, and a magician's mighty wand. With a careful selection of ink colors, students will align their screens and press their images onto their own personal prints. After curing images, students will be able to apply desired scratch-and-sniff and 3-D effects to make their original work even more striking.
The squeegee-wielding band of artists and interns at Fugscreens Studios infuses shirts, posters, and wall prints with original artwork for clients including The Dead Weather, Corona Beer, and the Aragon Ballroom. Through screenprinting classes and workshops, founder Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and his team reveal essential skills for silk-screening. During intro classes, students receive individual attention as they transform their own designs into colorful prints. Textile-printing classes enable students to create repeated patterns on yards of fabric, and T-shirt-printing classes instill essential skills for crafting band or family-band-reunion-tour merchandise. During private lessons, students can pursue their own design visions and brush up on their software skills with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.