Stencil Cut Silkscreen

, Artist, Creative Director, Spacial Designer

One or more techniques created off the computer can be scanned to change the look of cookie cutter work. No one can replicate the hand skills of another, so if you include hand skills in your work, it will always be unique.

--We'll look at the work of a few high profile designers who are using basic materials (pen, pencil, chalk, etc) along with computers to achieve that customized look.

--We'll talk about a few hand techniques that you can easily do to customize your work.

--We'll demo stencil cut silk screen in workshop format, meaning you'll do it with us, and leave with a piece that is uniquely yours.

--Materials needed are listed in the session description.

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced designer, this session will teach you hand skills that can augment your computer graphic design work to reflect your unique aesthetic.
  • Stencil Cut Silkscreen

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    New York City, NY

    • We'll learn an easy and fast method to do silkscreen.
    • This technique does not require a silkscreen lab, special emulsions, or fancy exposure equipment. You can do it at home with a few simple supplies.
    • Silkscreen process is the basis of Photoshop. You can create one or more layers depending on the complexity of the image you want to make. It can be one or more colors, fine detail or bold shapes.
    • You can also experiment and have fun applying silkscreen to various products and materials. 
    • And, Scan your silkscreen pieces to create unique icons and type, texture too!
    • MATERIALS: Silkscreen: I suggest you start small in scale for home use. Purchase a prestretched screen from Standard Screen on Varick St., Purchase the tape to cover the wood from Standard also, the squeegee, and a couple of colors of silk screen ink. Two colors are plenty for this session. Bring a pad of 18 x 24" newsprint and some liquid dishwashing soap to clean your screen afterward. Warning: the screen needs to be thoroughly clean. No ink can be left in holes of the stretched fabric. If you leave ink, those areas will not transfer next time. You should expect your screen to last many years if you take care of it properly. If you want cheap and fast, you can instead purchase a silk screen kit at an art supply store or online. Speedball makes one for @ $25. I have one for demo purposes. It doesn't come with ink, so you'll need to purchase the ink separately. **Please note that if you take this session, you will be expected to clean up after yourself. If not, I will charge a clean up fee.
    Thu, October 4th, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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E Genevieve Williams

Artist, Creative Director, Spacial Designer

Genevieve has taught typography, portfolio, and editorial design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for over twenty years. Many of her students have gone on to high profile careers in graphic design, including Pentagram, BBDO, Mother New York, R/GA, HUGE, Razorfish, Sapient Nitro, HBO, Comedy Central, Nikelodeon, MTV Networks, The New York Times, and Conde Naste (to name just a few). She is also the creative director and owner of, a multi-disciplinary design firm with clients such as the School of Visual Arts, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Eurpoean Graduate School, and Princeton University. 

Genevieve's personal career includes over 20 years of experience as an art director, including publications such as The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Globe, among others. Her professional awards are numerous: most recently she won a Silver Clio award in 2012 for the SVA yearbook.

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Genevieve Williams is an excellent instructor. I have taken several courses with her, both at the School of Visual Arts and as an independent instructor. Throughout these courses I saw marked improvement in the quality of my work. Many of the best pieces in my portfolio have arisen directly from the work I completed with her. She is a challenging and encouraging teacher and mentor. I am a much better designer for having worked with her. —Chris Beesley

I started taking classes with Gen in 2011. She goes above and beyond for every student in class and her passion for teaching and obsession with good design is evident in the attention that she gives the class as a whole and each individual student. She continues to be a major source of support and inspiration. Gen is AWESOME!

Genevieve is excellent at identifying your unique strengths and coaxing them to the fore of your work. Rather than telling you how to solve a design challenge, she points you to great resources and helps you find your own way. You'll have to put in a lot of effort, but you'll come away with work that is uniquely your own.

Genevieve has the attractive ability to teach without pointing and forcing. She gives you a hint, some direction, suggestions, and after while you notice how your work pops-up and shines. She has a very strong knowledge, very good eyes, and high taste. She is a very good teacher. I highly recommend her classes.

Gen is generous, smart, honest and intuitive about the peculiarities of each individual. As others have posted, she cares about her students above and beyond the typical professor. I did my best, most rigorous and creative work in her class.

Gen's wealth of experience and resources has helped to take my work to the next level. She takes as much time as is necessary to make sure your work is progressing and motivates you work through creative challenges to reach your goals. Gen is a mentor and friend who I highly recommend to serious design professionals looking to further their work.

Genevieve--Great! Dedicated, honest critiques. Will give you as much as you want, pushes you to find your own style. Cares about students, will go the extra mile (or 10). Amazing mentor, teacher, guide.

Gen is the reason I am at where I am now. I had her class in 2 yrs for type design and then portfolio. She inspired me to be an artist who can stand on his own ground. She has also been a very caring friend since I graduated SVA. Always thinking the world for me, and artistically inspires me to keep making new things. --Masa Nakamura

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