The Business of Screen Printing

Last week the Steam Exchange conducted a free summer camp for middle school age students who live in the Smoketown neighborhood. The camp was called ‘The Business of Screen Printing’. At the beginning of the week, students were asked to create a business, complete with a business name, logo, and product line. The students were encouraged to create one computer generated design and one design by hand. The designs ranged from acrostic poems and inspirational quotes, to designs for video gamer apparel.

The students then learned the process of how to burn a screen using photo emulsion. In this process, you are able to accurately transfer your design onto a silkscreen. However, this process is light sensitive, and all must be done in a darkroom. The students took to this highly detailed process very quickly!

Lastly, they printed their designs as posters, t-shirts, and tote bags! And, of course, the week wouldn’t have been complete without lots of basketball playing, obstacle course running, card games, and drawing games.

Thank you to YouthBuild Louisville for providing the space for us to run around and work hard!

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