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Intro to Screenprinting

Egret Screenprint by Jos Sances

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of screenprinting with a focus on creating handmade film positives using various drawing materials and analog stencil making. Participants will learn how to take their design from sketch to finished screenprints, moving into multi-color/layer printing. Though the emphasis will be on analog film making, we will also incorporate digital methods of creating and editing film as needed. All are welcome, including those new to screenprinting and experienced printers looking to experiment with the possibilities of handmade film.

Accessibility – This class takes place in the Heinz Printmaking Studio (located on the third floor) and requires participants to climb two flights of stairs as there is no elevator access. Please email classes@kala.org regarding any  accessibility needs prior to enrolling so we can assess if we are able to accommodate you safely and efficiently.


  • Tuition: $435
  • Location: Heinz Printmaking Studio
  • Instructor: Jos Sances
  • 5 Classes
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024 — August 10, 2024
  • 10:00AM — 1:00PM
  • TBD Materials Fee - Payable to the instructor on the first day


About the Instructor:

Jos Sances is founder of Alliance Graphics, begun in 1989, a successful, union screenprint shop. Previously he co-founded Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center in 1980 and worked there until 1988. All the while maintaining a steady output of art which address issues and ideas which concern him. In 2010 and 2016 the Library of Congress acquired nearly 500 of Sances’ prints that broadly represent his output. Having shown in California venues such as Avenue 50 Gallery in Los Angeles, Vessel Gallery in Oakland, the Richmond Art Center, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, and the Berkeley Art Center, he was included in the show “Committed to Print” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and was recently invited to show his work at La Sorbonne, Université, Paris in 2022. Sances work is featured in “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics 1965 to Now” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He is one of the few non-Chicanos whose work is featured in the exhibition.