Gowanus Print Lab of Brooklyn, New York has announced the introduction of a new week-long course for anyone who would like to start their own t-shirt screen printing business. Ground Up! Starting Your Own T-Shirt Business will cover all aspects of t-shirt printing, including digital art production, screen printing small runs, and the challenges and rewards of the business.
“This is a course our clients have been asking for,” said Ashley Hildreth, director of Gowanus Print Lab. “There are quite a few screen printing classes offered throughout Brooklyn, but they focus on learning the basics or on mastering advanced printing skills. None of them take the “ground up” approach to screen printing as a rewarding and sustainable business, as well as a form of artistic expression.”
Ground Up! is a modular, 5-session course running Monday through Friday, February 14th through the 18th, and students can take one, some or all of the classes. The itinerary is as follows:
Monday, February 14th
Session I: Artwork Prep & Color Separation 101
How to take an image, separate the colors, and prepare it for screen printing.
Tuesday, February 15th
Session II: Screen Printing Basics
A class on the fundamentals of t-shirt screen printing: basic techniques and processes, as well as equipment operation.
Wednesday, February 16th
Session III: Hand-Pulled Production
Using 4- and 6-color presses for short run t-shirt production.
Thursday, February 17th
Session IV: Talking Tees
6-8 pm $ 80
Roundtable discussion with successful t-shirt printing entrepreneur.
Friday, February 18th – Advanced Screen Printing Techniques
6-9pm $ 200
Speciality inks and other advanced processes that make every t-shirt look like one-of-a-kind. This module also includes 12 hours of studio time so that students can put their knowledge of advanced techniques into practice.
“We’ve brought together a number of classes that cover all the basics of t-shirt printing as a business,” Ashley continued. “Putting them together in this week-long course gives budding entrepreneurs all of the information they need to start their own business by the end of the week.” Students who sign up for all 5 classes also receive a free week of studio membership to practice their new craft and produce merchandise.
Participants can register online or by calling 718-788-3930. Further info and more detailed course descriptions can be found here.