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Silkscreening 101 Workshop - Introductory // October 30, 2018


** Please note that we are currently redesigning our Silkscreening 101 and 201 Workshops, to be launched in November 2018. Pricing and workshop description may change.

*Please register at least 5 days before your workshop start date to ensure you have enough time in advance to prepare.

*If dates are sold out, check out our Silkscreening 201 Workshop which combines Silkscreening 101 and more advanced techniques over two sessions. 

LENGTH: 4 hours
COST: $145 (all materials included; to print on fabric, please bring these items with you)
LOCATION: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W., Chinatown, Ottawa)
WHAT YOU'LL TAKE AWAY: > Knowledge to build your own screen > Basics of designing art for screens > Differences in inks, printing substrates, screen mesh and film work > Printing techniques > Small art prints or prints on fabric items you've brought with you > How to set up a print area at home or a studio > Checklist of materials and where to buy them 

Considered the go-to source for silkscreening (aka screenprinting) in Ottawa, participants have learned the process and possibilities of silkscreening in our Silkscreening 101 introductory workshop  as well as more advanced techniques in our Silkscreening 201 introductory x intermediate workshop since 2006, as part of our creative studio Spins & Needles.

Alumni have created handmade gifts, printed merchandise for their own independent businesses or bands, gone on to start their own businesses based on silkscreened products, have their work featured in art shows, or silkscreen for fun. No prior experience is needed. Spaces are limited per workshop (up to 4 participants) to ensure you personally get the technique right.

We also supply selected materials such as mesh, squeegees, blank screens (wooden frames) and exposed screens with images of your choice, and from time to time, access to our micro studio for those who have taken the workshop. We also offer silkscreening workshop gift certificates that the recipient can redeem at any of our future workshops.

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: Facilitated by artist-educator-art director Melanie Yugo of Spins & Needles and Possible Worlds (, recognized for her expertise in silkscreening and print education. Melanie has led classes and workshops on silkscreening and other graphic arts for over 10 years at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery, Algonquin College, and numerous high schools (e.g. Ashbury College, Cantebury High School) in Ottawa, as well as for arts and cultural festivals and institutions in the U.S., U.K. and Europe.

SILKSCREENING STARTER SET: To encourage you to keep printing after the workshop, take your screen with your own image (designed in advance of the workshop) or blank screen for an additional $30 or a professional grade squeegee for $10 (taxes are additional).

After we receive payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your purchase and therefore your registration. 

Be sure to look out for a second e-mail from us, approximately 5-10 days before the workshop, reminding you about the upcoming workshop as well as important workshop preparation information (make sure to check your spam/junk folder). If you do not receive this second e-mail, don't hesitate to e-mail us indicating so.

Spots are non-refundable. By purchasing a spot or having someone purchase a spot for you, you also agree to our terms of service and cancellation policy.

If you’re looking for a unique gift, give the gift of a new creative skill and a spot in a Silkscreening 101 or 201 workshop. Gift certificates are available and can be purchased in-shop or online.

We can accommodate group workshops of over 4 participants. We also host group taster sessions, ideal for school curricula, cultural institutions, staff retreats or parties, as well as special event and conference programming. E-mail us at to inquire about bookings and rates.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at or 613-791-1152.