Silkscreen Print on Porcelain is a five-day course in which you will learn the basics of Photo-Serigraphy and its application on porcelain. Through silkscreen print, photographic images are transferred onto porcelain slabs, which are then transformed into tiles and a variety of other functional and decorative objects. This technique opens new perspectives for both art forms: exalting the photographs as they are molded to the third dimension of the porcelain bodies, and embellishing the porcelain objects via application of the silkscreen prints.
Tecniques of silkscreen print
The course will start with instruction on the method and criteria for choosing suitable photographic images. Participants will be asked to bring a choice of high-resolution digital photographs, bearing in mind that nature and landscape images are the most suitable to begin with. A preliminary selection from these photographs will be processed to make them functional for screen printing. The second step involves the creation of the frames, the preparation of the color and the crafting of the porcelain slabs. Next is the printing on the raw slabs, as well as studying and experimenting with the rendering of colors. Ultimately, when students have acquired sufficient skills with the printing, they will create tiles, then also vases or bowls, to highlight the beauty of their photographs. Those with advanced porcelain making skills and experience may tackle more complex objects.
Instructor Sara Dario leads students through experimentation with their own images, prints and shapes, and helps them to realize their personal artistic visions. Sara Dario draws on her own wide experience and years of experimentation. From this, she passes onto her students a great variety of ideas for successfully applying screen print on porcelain. Students will learn from her, for example, about the various problems and related solutions of the technique, as well as other tips on the aesthetics of combining these two arts, such as the choice of images and how to enhance them through the plastic form.
On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, students may select their preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.
The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, please plan your travels so to not need to leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.
Sara Dario mixes sculpture with photography. Using the technique of photo-serigraphy, she cuts, deconstructs, recomposes and models her own images, thus creating photo-sculptures. In her creative process, photography is an integral part, as well as the plastic form. Her latest works are inspired by nature and the movements produced by the blowing of the wind, identified as a vehicle for dreams and memories.She has participated in international competitions and exhibitions, receiving many awards for her work, including:
2019 Golden Award “Thirteenth edition of the International Biennial of Ceramic Art of Aveiro” (Portugal).
2019 Silver Award “Blanc the Chine – International ceramic art awards” with Whale on Whale (China/France)
2018 Silver Award “Internationale Biennale Martinsons Awards”, Daugavpils (Lithuania)
2018 Honor Mention “V° International Ceramic Biennale”, Ascoli Piceno (Italy)