Pop Art Portraiture with Screen Printing

Turn a favourite celebrity or a treasured family photograph into a unique, Warhol inspired piece of art for your home.


11:00am - 5:00pm


Sat 07 September 2024

Sat 7 Sep, 11am - 5pm

Turn a favourite celebrity or a treasured family photograph into a unique, Warhol inspired piece of art for your home.

Course Location: Bluecoat Screen Print Studio

Experience Level: Beginners

Duration: The course runs for one day (11:00am - 5:00) with a break for lunch

During this one day course you will learn how to turn your family photograph into a UV stencil screen from start to finish. Once you have your screen made, you’ll be talked through some experimental screen techniques to add colour to your prints. You'll finish the workshop by using our screen-beds to ink and print your artwork onto paper in a small edition that you can take home with you.

What’s Included?

All materials you will use are included in the cost of the course, but you are welcome to bring along your own if you choose. Our studios are environmentally friendly where possible and use greener methods of screen printing, such as water-based acrylic inks. Completing this course will act as an Induction to book into our Screen Printing Studio should you wish to.

Do I need to prepare anything beforehand?

YES! You will need to send a digital image or scan of the photograph you’d like to make your artwork from to ivy.m@thebluecoat.org.uk the week before the course. The quality of your photo will affect the outcome of your final print – the higher quality the better!

Due to time constraints, we will create your positives ready to expose to screens before the workshop. You will receive a quick demonstration on how to turn a photograph into a black and white halftone image (used for developing your UV screen) on Photoshop and a handout of the process.

Course Structure

  • 11am – 11:15am: Introduction to the day, the process and each other
  • 11:15am – 11:30am: Photoshop halftone process demonstration
  • 11:30pm – 12:30pm: Screen stripping & emulsion coating
  • 12:30pm – 1pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Expose screens, washout stencils, and learn the process of how UV screen printing works.
  • 2pm – 3pm: Learn some experimental printing techniques to add colour to your prints
  • 3:00pm – 5pm: Learn about registration & print your designs!

Tickets: £70

What happens after the course?

After you’ve completed your course, you are free to book into our open access printmaking studios. Your course acts as an induction but if you feel like you would benefit from more info about our studios before booking a session we offer free health & safety inductions, just email: ivy.m@thebluecoat.org.uk

We also offer a Bluecoat Artist Memberships scheme, which has lots of amazing perks for practicing and aspiring local printmakers. You can find out more information here: https://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/artist-membership

Got any questions?

If you have any questions about the course or our studios, please email: Ivy.m@thebluecoat.org.uk

You can also find out more information here: https://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/our-community/spaces/print-studio


  • The Bluecoat cafe and building floors are fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
  • The print studios are not adapted for wheelchair users. If you would like to do a print workshop with us but are unsure about accessibility, please contact the Print Studio manager at: ivy.m@thebluecoat.org.uk

Getting here:

Bluecoat is located in Liverpool city centre and is easily accessible using public transport.

  • The closest bus stop is Tesco Hanover Street
  • The closest railway station is Liverpool Central Station

(Attendees must be 18+)