Introduction to Screen Printing with Dave Holt

Whether you are a novice or a pro learn the art of screen printing with the seasoned expert, Dave Holt.

Venue: Ocean Studios


Whether you are a novice or a pro learn the art of screen printing with the seasoned expert, Dave Holt.

Embark on a creative journey as Dave Holt, a 20-year veteran in professional screen printing, leads you through an immersive 5-week Short Course. From beginner to experienced artists, this workshop caters to all skill levels.

Dave Holt is an experienced and vastly knowledgeable screen printer. From self-taught beginnings to heading his own successful and internationally recognisable screen printing business Custom Merch, Dave’s expertise covers every aspect of the craft.

His breadth of screen printing knowledge and hands-on approach, means he can work with all levels of printers, from the complete beginners through to those with print qualifications, and having learnt the many pitfalls along the way, he’s passionate about sharing his expertise of how to make great screen prints.

When he’s not bent over a screen, mixing inks or creating artwork, he’s happiest in or on the water, either sea swimming or gig rowing.

Session One: Overview and Hands-on Introduction (Wednesday, 24th January, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

– Brief introduction to screen printing including examples of screen printed products.

– Overview of the course: 1) Setting up print ready artwork; 2) Making screens: coating and drying, exposing, washing, reclaiming; 3)Printing techniques; 4)Mixing inks 5) Curing inks 5) Project planning, e.g. a t-shirt or tote bag design which will be worked on throughout the course.

– Equipment demonstration.

– Students practice

Session Two: Design to Print with Pre-made Screens (Wednesday, 31st January, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

Using a variety of pre-made screens with designs on and matching acetates you will pick a design and prepare the screen for printing by taping up and filling any holes. You will learn how to set the acetate up in the correct position on the platen and then load the screen into the carousel. Dave will demonstrate flooding and ink pulling techniques. You will be encouraged to mix your own ink up and you will apply them to the screen in preparation for some test prints which next can be cured using a heat press.

Session Three: Mastering Screen Making (Wednesday, 7th February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

You will practice coating screens using emulsion, drying them and exposing them. Next you will learn how to wash screens to reveal applied designs. In this session you will be able to print your designs onto acetates in preparation for session four.

Session Four: Prepping Your Project (Wednesday, 21st February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

You will practice using pre-dried and coated screens to expose and wash your acetate designs onto a screen. You will be shown how to set up a carousel using acetate and perform some test prints. Also, there will be an opportunity for you to purchase product blanks in case you need them for the last session.

Session Five: Bring Your Designs to Life (Wednesday, 28th February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

Through this session you will have the opportunity to set up and print your designs onto the products of your choice. You will experiment with mixing your own inks and then print and cure your chosen products practicing all the skills you have obtained in the previous four sessions. Also, this session will be a chance for you to ask Dave any questions in relation to the screen-printing.

Course Details:

🗓️ Dates & Time:

Session One: Wednesday January 24th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Session Two: Wednesday January 31st, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Session Three: Wednesday February 7th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Session Four: Wednesday February 21st, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Session Five: Wednesday February 28th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

💰 Cost: £150.00 (plus booking fee) for 5 sessions

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from a screen printing pro.

Secure your spot now for an unforgettable 5-week adventure at RAMP (Real Art Make Print) at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard.