Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Jan 2015)

Letterpress printing uses moveable type, cast from metal or carved from wood, and a mechanical press to crisply transfer ink to paper. This class uses multiple projects to familiarize students with basic letterpress and typography history, terminology, and practices. The class will begin with hand setting linear type to make business cards, note cards, stationary, etc. Students will then continue to use both independent and collaborative projects to acquire the technical skills needed to safely use a variety of presses, including setting type, distributing type, inking the press, color matching, adjusting pressure, registering paper, making an impression and cleaning the press.

12-WEEK FORMAT:
We extended our introductory letterpress class to 12 weeks. This format will allow students the time they need to plan and execute more intricate projects. Because this is a long commitment, we have designed the class to allow for occasional planned absences. Students will sign up for time slots to use the presses, spending time between print sessions setting type, mixing ink, distributing type, and otherwise falling in love with the time-honored art of letterpress printing.

Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt (Jan 2015)

This one-day shirt printing workshop provides a solid understanding of the screen printing process, and is a great way to see first hand how a design can translate to a print on apparel. Take this workshop as a first step to starting a product line, or a way to create personalized gifts for friends and family. The all-afternoon format allows students the time they need to perfect their own design in class, using both simple tools like markers as well as Illustrator or Photoshop. Screens are pre-coated with photographic emulsion, and students will each be able to mix their own unique color of ink. Each person leaves the workshop with their own one-color design on three to five shirts, tote bags, or other fabric of their choosing.

Printmaking Survey: Screenprinting, Relief, Lithography

Experiment with three unique printmaking processes in one class. Screenprinting, relief, and lithography offer three distinct ways to translate images to a new medium. With each process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities for artists and creative people to learn a new process to elevate their sketches and designs. Through this class, students will understand ink properties of both oil- and water-based inks, and will have experimented with a variety mark-making approaches and tools. In combination, these processes can open new possibilities for artists, writers, and folks who want to learn a new way to make art. Printmaking Survey classes can act as either a general introduction to everything Spudnik has to offer, or a refresher course for artists who have previous experience.

Letterpress Finesse

After completing a Letterpress I or Letterpress II, students can elevate their skills by devising a larger project to focus on throughout this eight-week course. This class is designed to push each student from concept and design through to a much more extensive end result than Letterpress I or II projects. An example of a project could be, but not limited to: a small book of bound poems, a calendar, a collection of greeting cards, a series of gig posters, or a suite of wedding invites. The first day kicks of with a class discussion to allow peers to brainstorm ideas, sketch, and develop a project plan.

Following weeks focus on setting type, design, plate making, printing technique, and basic press maintenance. In progress critiques will push the work to remain on target, and be smart, aesthetically interesting or beautiful, and engaging. Students will graduate Letterpress Finesse with a better understanding of typography, honed printing skills, and professional craftsmanship. Enrollment is limited to 6 students.

Relief Printmaking

Relief prints are created through carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. In this class, students will get to carve both linoleum and wood blocks to learn about the traits of each material and become familiar with each gauge in their set of carving tools. In addition to carving techniques, the class will cover inking and printing blocks with a press and by hand as well as a variety of ways to design and print multiple color images. Students will complete a few small assignments to develop their skills before tackling a self-directed final project.

Screenprinting on Paper (Jan 2015)

Master the foundational skills and needed to screenprint all things paper. Learn how mesh count, tension, ink consistency, exposure times and registration all work in symphony to create exquisite artworks. This class establishes a wide base of skills including use of handmade stencils and photo emulsion, mixing ink, and printing tricks to create clean and professional prints. By the end of the class, students will choose an independent project that could be anything from a set of greeting cards to a gig poster, fine-art print, or components for a zine.

Risography 101

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 through the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Screenprint Your Own Valentine

Regardless of how romantic one feels about Valentine’s Day, a clever valentine is always a thrill to receive. Impress friends and coworkers with hand-printed valentines featuring your own design. Students each bring a one-color design that they would like to transform into a stack of greeting cards. Designs can be a black and white drawing, simple text, a .pds or .ai file, or found imagery. Screens will be pre-coated with photographic emulsion. Students will learn how to make their image “print ready”, expose a screen, mix a custom ink color, and register their image onto cards. Students print 20 unique valentines and are encouraged to swap cards with their classmates to bring home a DIY variety pack of cards.

Letterpress Print Your Own Valentines

Making your own Valentines card is a perfect foray into letterpress printing. Spend a Sunday afternoon in the Spudnik Press Printshop learning about printing history and miscellany. For example, where did the phrase “mind your p’s and q’s” came from?

Each attendee will work with their own short saying, select a typeface, and learn how to hand set lead type, transfer to a press, and print. Students print 20 unique valentines and are encouraged to swap cards with their classmates to bring home a DIY variety pack of cards.

BROADSHEET! Sensations of the City in Print

This Special Weekend Intensive Meets Saturday 2/7 and Sunday 2/8 from 10:00 – 4:00pm. Coffee and snacks are provides. Students may bring a packed lunch.  

BACKGROUND:
Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852 – 1913) was a popular illustrator-printmaker who lived and worked in Mexico City, observing the city from the window of his street corner printing studio. He inhaled and exhaled the very essence of the city as he produced broadsides and periodicals circulated in the streets. His images, usually accompanied by a generous amount of text, reflected the conditions of Mexico City— a milieu marked equally by sudden eruptions of violence and celebration; where murder was a daily occurrence despite all manner of political and religious entreaties; a place of vitality both self-destructive and yet regenerative.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
In this two-session course, we will develop prints that incorporate linoleum carving and large handset type. Inspired by the work of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, we will examine his broadsheets and then utilize the subject matter of current Chicago-based news stories to develop our own prints. The resulting broadsheet will be composed of a carved linoleum block relief image, based upon items culled from the day’s newspapers, accompanied by a bold headline created from hand set type inspired by sensational headlines. Participants will carve and print their linoleum blocks, and learn to set and print type.

This workshop coincides with an exhibition to be held at Spudnik Press Cooperative, CHASING POSADA! A Macabre Populist in the City.

Risography 101 (Feb 2015)

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 through the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Self-Publishing Offset Apprenticeship

Our self-publishing apprenticeship program includes 20+ hours of individual instruction. Students will become fully authorized to operate the ABDick Offset press through printing their own artwork or writing, leaving with a completed large project or multiple smaller projects. Classes cover everything from file prep, alternative plate making, double-sided printing, registration, overlays, etc.

Students will meet for eight weeks for 2- to 3-hour sessions, at which point they should be able to become authorized, or continue taking lessons to gain confidence printing solo. Upon completion, authorized press operators can continue printing independently through our keyholder program, open studios, or hourly rental.

Email info@spudnikpress.org to schedule a meeting for more information. Please include basic availability and a preferred date to begin classes. We suggest visiting the studio prior to registering for this opportunity.