R-1 Technical Skills' screen printing course mixes creativity, work and life

Friday, February 12, 2016
A student in the New Madrid County R-1 Technical Skills Center's screen printing class uses a squeegee to pull the ink through a screen to create a T-shirt under the watchful eyes of instructor Katherine Stanley. This is the second year for screen printing to be offered by the school. (Jill Bock, Staff)

NEW MADRID, Mo. -- When Turner Holmes saw the jazz band member coming down the hallway at New Madrid County Central he said he couldn't help himself. Turner stopped the student to point out he had designed the jazz band T-shirt his classmate was wearing.

With the New Madrid County R-1 Technical Skills Center's screen printing program now in its second year, more students like Holmes are seeing their designs worn by their classmates.

Katherine Stanley, who teaches the TSC's graphic arts program, said the addition of a screen printing program is well received.

Students tape screens into place for use in preparation for printing T-shirts in the New Madrid County R-1's screen printing program. In the background are some of the items printed by the graphic arts/screen printing program. (Jill Bock, Staff)

"The graphics class is even more popular since the screen printing was added," Stanley said. "It is a labor-intensive class but the kids like it. They like seeing the finished product and they are very proud of it."

Stanley teaches two three-hour classes covering graphic arts/screen printing. Also she offers two one-hour class periods which focus strictly on screen printing.

The classes fill up quickly.

According to Stanley, students learn the process of screen printing from beginning to end. The design process, which is done on the computer using Adobe Illustrator, she said is a favorite.

Typically when a group, such as the Jazz Band, approaches the screen printing program about producing a shirt for them, the sponsor will present an idea. Stanley said the students work with the options available on the software to create designs.

"This is where they are allowed to be more artistic - come up with all their different ideas," Stanley said. "I have some very creative kids this year."

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