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Screenprinting Explorations

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Screenprinting is a form of stencil making that has evolved to become a rich versatile medium. This class focuses on introducing students the widest possible understanding of the screen printing process. Students will be introduced to both handmade stencils and using the computer as a tool to generate stencils. Demonstrations will include both printing...

$225

8 sessions

Relief Printmaking

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Relief printmaking is a graphic and versatile type of printmaking. An image is carved in reverse onto a block made of wood or linoleum, inked, and sent through a press. The tools are basic but the possibilities are expansive. Students will learn how to use their set of carving tools and to create a variety of marks. Looking to historical and contemporary...

$225

8 sessions

Tuesday Sep 26th, 6:30pm

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Screenprinting Refresher

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Open to anyone with prior printing experience, this refresher workshop will assume that students already understand screenprinting, but are feeling out-of-practice or fuzzy regarding the finer points of the process. Students should have already completed a one-day workshop or full class, although it need not have been at Spudnik, or even in the recent...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 1pm

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Risography 101

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky. This workshop will walk students...

Relief Tester & Refresher

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Relief printmaking (also known as block printing) is a graphic and versatile form of printmaking that dates as far back as 500 BC. Similar to stamping, images are carved in reverse onto a block that is then inked and sent through a press. Beginning with a graphic image, a motif, festive patterns and stylized hand lettering, students will learn how...

Sunday Sep 24th, 1pm

Relief Printmaking

at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative - Lincoln Square
4912 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

Using hand tools, students will learn to produce linoleum and woodcut prints, printing by hand and with a press. Clear instruction and introductory exercises will guide beginners in learning this medium; students with previous experience will be challenged to develop ideas and engage in more advanced techniques such as multiple-block color and reduction...

$190

4 sessions

Monday Oct 23rd, 6:30pm

Coloring Greeting Cards

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Heeyoung Kim will provide blank greeting cards with her own line drawings for the class. Students can create one-of-a-kind greeting cards for special occasions just by adding some color. No previous skill is required. Instructor will show how to use colored pencil step-by-step.

$169

3 sessions

Saturday Sep 30th, 3pm

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

This class uses multiple projects to familiarize students with basic letterpress and typography history, terminology, and practices.  Letterpress printing uses moveable type, cast from metal or carved from wood, and a mechanical press to crisply transfer ink to paper.  The class will begin with hand setting linear type to make business...

$295

10 sessions

Tuesday Oct 10th, 10am

Etching Tester & Refresher

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Etching (a type of Intaglio printing) is printmaking process in which marks are scratched or etched into a metal plate. Using a fine point needle, artists can draw directly on plate through a thin protective ground to expose copper. With the help of a chemical bath, these marks are etched into the metal with a remarkable amount of detail. Etchings...

Sunday Oct 15th, 1pm

Etching & Intaglio Printmaking

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Intaglio Printmaking is a family of printing techniques in which drawings and images are incised into a metal plate. Using a drawing needle, images are transferred through a thin protective ground to expose copper. With the help of a chemical bath, their image is etched into the metal with a remarkable amount of detail. Working more spontaneously,...

$225

8 sessions

Saturday Oct 21st, 10am

Letterpress Refresher

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Vandercook is an eloquent machine, an irreplaceable piece of equipment and Spudnik’s more popular printing press. Yet, many printers feel a little uneasy when it comes to daily maintenance, diagnosing printing issues and making minor adjustments when needed. Platen presses are simple machines that can produce lush prints with the perfect kiss...

Sunday Nov 19th, 1pm

DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Screenprinting is one of many processes at Spudnik Press that can be used to print your own collection of cards. This quick and fun introduction to screenprinting on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making giftable notecards just in time for the holidays. Designs that begin as digitally files or hand-drawn artwork are transferred...

Saturday Nov 11th, 10am

Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Explore the wide world of independent publishing through this hands-on workshop that brings together writing, letterpress printing, and bookbinding. Working with the unique aesthetics of letterpress printing, as well as the constraints of this art form, students will be exposed to new ways to think about writing. As both a writing workshop as well...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 12pm

Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Screenprinted imagery has a graphic aesthetic all its own that cannot be replicated with any digital printing service. Leave Kinko’s behind and create your own unique handmade ready-to-hand artwork featuring a favorite photograph, a line drawing, or any high-contrast image. This all-afternoon workshop allows students the time they need to perfect...

Sunday Dec 10th, 2pm

Pop-Up Paper Cards Workshop: Fall

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Celebrate spring with these pop-up paper blooms. You'll create a dynamic and dimensional set of cards featuring waterlily, butterfly weed, and cattail—and learn a bit about paper engineering along the way. No experience is necessary, but bookbinding or paper craft skills will speed your progress.  Note: All tools and supplies will be ...

Saturday Oct 14th, 12pm

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