Short Course

Screenprinting Night Class

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs etc. This class teaches a process-based approach to make prints.

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02 May 22 6:00 PM –
24 June 22 8:00 PM


Dunedin School of Art, P Block
19 Riego Street North Dunedin , Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About the course

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs, band t-shirts etc.

Fine art print has been traditionally defined through the technical processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. The line between print art and other printed forms has been blurred as artists re-examine the traits that define print practice, with the proliferation of digital processes playing a major part.

This class teaches a process-based approach to making prints, covering the technical aspects of screenprinting, and looking at how the process informs the strategy of making art; at how the medium or the technique exists as the means to realise an idea. 

These classes are suitable for beginners through to experienced artists who want to focus on the particular technique of screen printing.

2022 intakes 

We offer this course on a Tuesday evening over eight weeks (6.00pm-8.00pm). The above date is the next available intake but we also offer the following other start dates:

Term Dates
Term one 21 February - 15 April
Term two 2 May – 24 June
Term three 11 July - 2 September
Term four 12 September - 4 November

Please note: There will be no classes on Otago Polytechnic holidays or public holidays. No classes during Easter week of 5 – 9 April. 

  • Monday classes: No classes 21st March (Otago Anniversary Day)
  • Monday classes:  No Classes 6th June (Queens Birthday)
  • Monday classes: No classes 24th October (Labour Day)

Course fee:

$210 per term

There will be no refund once the classes have commenced. Classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course. Classes are non-refundable in the case of cancellations due to circumstances beyond our control.

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).

Learners under 16

  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.


Classes are held in the Print Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Go through the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St) and to the far end of the car park. The Print Studio is in the building to your right.


This class will be taught by local artist, Sam Ovens.


Class cost includes basic workshop materials such as rags, newsprint, solvent, photo emulsion and screen cleaner, class equipment such as rollers, palette knives and squeegees, and the use of printing presses and screenprint tables.

Materials you will need to buy include print paper and some inks. A limited amount of these can be ordered or purchased from the teacher during class time - cash only.

Materials you may find useful to bring from home include

  • Pencils
  • Felt tip pens
  • Craft knife
  • Pad of cartridge paper (Art Zone or Stationery Warehouse)
  • Dishwashing gloves (for clean-up)
  • Apron
  • Masking tape

Health and Safety Gear: Apron, gloves (thin disposable ones are useful for inking up, and ordinary kitchen sink gloves are useful for cleaning surfaces/screens etc), closed/covered toe shoes.

Good Suppliers for printmaking gear: Fine Art Papers, Christchurch for Fabriano and Tiepolo heavy weight print papers. Gordon Harris. Joe at Homeprint  (Yoshiharu Carving tools, Akua inks etc).  Office Max (for white/trans and black oil-based inks. The Print Lab has a supply of other oil-based colours you are welcome to use) CCG Industries (Screenprint inks in large quantities – smaller quantities can be purchased through school or you can substitute screen print ink for acrylic paint which you add a screen-printing paste/ acrylic screen printing medium which retards the drying of acrylic paint on the screen and reduces the risk of screen blocking).

Imagery/ideas – maybe you have a visual diary, a concept or some photos on your phone (for example). It is advisable to have a starting point or some idea of what you might want to explore beforehand because class time goes quickly.

Petty cash for items you may buy from art school/ photocopying costs etc

Depending on what the tutor sets as the programme there may be other requirements – you will find out more on your first day!  See you soon.


For enquiries, please email 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.