Andy Warhol favored screen-printing for its iconic simplicity and efficiency in creating blueprints for his celebrity-clone armies. Develop a 2-D battalion with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour introductory group screen-printing class at Grow Your Own Media (a $100 value). Groupon holders will also receive a discount on screen-printing supplies.
Grow Your Own Media's community screen-printing shop empowers hands through courses in the art of ink-based image creation and manual reproduction. During the first of two hours for the eight person max introductory group screen-printing class, a dexterous instructor details the printing process before firing a rifle to signal a second hour of unbridled creativity in the fully equipped studio. Minds wrap around color-separation practice and the differences in screen mesh to prepare fingers for burning detailed stencils into screens. The studio's mesh masters also illustrate proper alignment for layered prints, ink use, and the production of images. Students either choose from a set of pre-made stencils or, for an extra $20 fee, email their own design ideas to the studio at least 72 hours before class to be forged into custom stencils. Screen-printing disciples should bring blank T-shirts, paper, and little brothers to decorate with their artwork. Once enlightened and furnished with a complimentary blank tote bag, pupils practice creation and duplication until the end of class time. Classes run Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Though not included in this Groupon, the studio is available for rental to those who have completed the class.
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In a studio charmingly cluttered with bright paint, printing stations, and busy artists, clients design and order screen-printed T-shirts, posters, patches, and bags, or learn to make their own. More experienced screen-printers might rent the studio and materials by the hour, providing an easy way to promote a band, personalize a present, or craft a witty retort to an “I’m With Stupid” shirt. The printers also organize artistic events offsite, showing off their skills to families, businesses, and social circles.