Screenprinting on Paper (SP2015)

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.

Photo Lithography (SP2015)

Photo Lithography uses the hydrophobic (water-fearing) and hydrophilic (water-loving) properties of an aluminum plate to print from a flat surface. Uniquely different from digital printing, lithography involves hand mixing ink and printing with a traditional press. With photographic plates, artists have the ability to manipulate their image digitally as well as directly on the film or the plate. Imagery can include traditional black and white photograph as well a drawings, paintings, and computer generate imagery, or a combination of these. In this class, students will learn technical skills, like editing digital files for film, plate exposure, developing for multiple-plate images, modifying oil-based ink, and understanding paper options. The class will also push artists to approach this medium creatively. Students will leave the class with a solid understanding of the medium, and the ability to continue honing their skills through Spudnik’s Studio Use programs. Artists of all levels, from professional to hobbyist, are encouraged to enroll.

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

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.

Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Screen, Etching (SP2015)

For anyone who wants to be creative through printmaking, our Foundations class introduces first time printers to the wide variety of resources and equipment at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Students will experiment with three unique printmaking processes throughout the six weeks. With each printing process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities to elevate sketches and designs through print and to understand the basic concepts that bridge the many types of printmaking at our studio.

Screenprinting is a form of stencil making that is used to print fine art as well as posters, cards, t-shirts, and more. Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Etching, also known as Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], is a family of printing techniques in which the image is incised into a metal plate. Artist can scratch into plates with needles, or can draw through a ground and etch drawings into a plate.

Together, these processes range from experimental to exacting, bold to subdued, and unpredictable to calculated and can open new possibilities for artists, writers, and folks who want to learn a new way to make art. Printmaking Foundations can act as either a general introduction to everything Spudnik has to offer, or a refresher course for artists who have previous experience.

Mothers Day Letterpress Workshop

Instead of worrying about finding the right Mother’s Day card, make the perfect card with your mother. Team up with your mom to print a poster of your family’s motto, a favorite quote, notecards, gift tags, etc. Come with an idea or be ready to be inspired and improvise. Each duo will work side by side to design and print a small edition using one of our four presses and handset wood or metal type. Teaching Artist, Hannah King, will share some highlights of the history of letterpress printing, such as why capital letters are called uppercase and why it really is important to mind your p’s and q’s. Then she will guide everyone through locking up type, mixing ink, printing, and cleaning. Registration for this workshop includes two spaces, you and a guest.

Risography 101 (May2015)

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.

Utilitarian Printmaking: Leather Keychains

By combining simple printmaking tools with simple leatherwork tools, you can make your own leather accouterments. Join Spudnik Press Fellow, Ashley Shaul, as she shares a utilitarian printmaking-meets-leatherworking project: leather keychains.

Starting with a simple graphic image, this workshop will walk students through the process of transferring this image to a linoleum block, carving the image in relief, and printing onto pieces of leather. Students will also learn the basics of manipulating leather, by shaping, attaching to a durable key ring, and finishing with stitched edges.

Risography 101 (June 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.

Experimental Poetry for Everyone

Join this class for a fun, exciting, friendly exploration of some of the most unexpected ways to make a poem! Drawing from a broad range of experimental traditions in writing poetry, this class shares and demonstrates new ways to approach poetry every week and emphasizes in-class writing time combined with supportive and practical feedback from peers and the teaching artist, Jay Besemer. Practices that will be introduced include the use of randomizing procedures, found materials, automatic/stream-of-consciousness writing, collaborative idea/text generation and more. Experimental Poetry is appropriate for beginners (“I’ve never written a line!”) yet beneficial for experienced writers who are eager to try new ways of crafting poems.

Students will leave the class with a series of new poems and a dozen practices for continue making more! Students will have the option of contributing or exhibiting a selection of work for the class at Printers Ball 2015: Push & Pull.

Experimental Poetry for Everyone is presented in conjunction with Printers Ball 2015.

Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt

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.

Pocket Movies: Make Your Own Flipbooks

Flipbooks are an early, approachable, and addictive form of animation. A series of still images, bound as a small book, create the illusion of continuous motion. Led by Spudnik Press Fellow, Heather Anderson, the workshop will introduce the historical and contemporary context of the flipbook, and creative ways to convey simple ideas and cyclical narratives, or work through ideas, by creating a series of slowly evolving drawings. While the field of animation has grown much more complex than a typical flipbook, this primitive art form laid the foundations that are still used across all types of animation. Students will leave with a bound flipbook and an understanding of the persistence of vision. Attendees should come with a own simple story in mind and ready to draw.

*The flipbook pictured above is Arrowhead, by Lilli Carré.

Recharge Your Art Practice: Screenprinting Bootcamp

In an attempt to share the invigoration and piquancy that artists can gain by working outside of their usual medium, Spudnik Press presents a Special Topics weekend workshop specifically for artists looking to bring new energy the work they are already making. This course is for serious artists specializing in mediums outside of screenprinting to learn a new skill, get a fresh look at their work through another medium, and meet a community of artists.

Teaching Artist, Tara Zanzig, will share ways for students to employ printing in a variety of ways, from traditional prints on paper to working intuitively or in combination with other art forms. Over the course of two full Sunday workshops, participants will assess the work they are already making, break down themes in their work to simplified elements, and learn the basics of how to conceptualize and execute a two-color screenprint.