Screenprinting on Fabric

This class will introduce multiple techniques for screenprinting onto fabric.  Beginning with basic stencil printing, students will establish printing skills and terminology. From there, students will learn to create both hand drawn and photographic images. Through weekly demonstrations, students will be exposed to ink mixing, color and pattern relationships, repeat pattern making and printing, approaches to developing imagery, multiple color registration, and discharge printing. The class will culminate with each student choosing an independent project, which can range from developing a line of shirts, creating merchandise for a band, or printing yardage for sewing projects.

Bookbinding (Fall 2014)

Bookbinding is a craft and art form that relies on a basic set of techniques, tools, and materials. Once foundational skills are mastered, bookbinders can add creativity, content, and design to create unlimited variations of handmade books. In this class, students will create their own books from scratch. Students will learn pamphlet, “perfect”, coptic, and stab bindings, as well as modifications of these traditional binding styles. Projects will focus on creativity, design, and craftsmanship with the goal that students are able to experiment with variations and incorporating content within the book through writing, simple printing tricks, and customizing paper for covers, inserts, or end-paper.  Students will leave with a small library of hand-bound books to fill or use as templates to make even more books.

Create Your Own Broadsides

A broadside is an art print that incorporates imagery and printed text, typically highlighting a poem or short piece of prose. You need not consider yourself a writer to attend this playful workshop; students will bring a favorite poem, mantra, or piece of text to work with. Methods and techniques for incorporating found text, textures, and imagery using things like collage, image transfers, scanners, and photocopiers will be explored. Additionally participants will learn tricks for idea generation and playing with language through collaboration, text manipulation, and editing. Students will walk away with several unique broadsides and tons of inspiration for future projects.

Holiday Card Printing: Screenprinting

The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than to roll up your sleeves and screenprint your own collection of cards! Screenprinting is a straightforward print process that allows you to quickly transfer an image onto a surface. Students will bring a one-color design to class (a hand drawn image, photocopy or digital file). Spudnik Press will provide pre-coated screens. Each student will use our darkroom to expose their image to a screen, mix their own ink color, and print! In addition to feeling like a rock star you will walk away with 20 handmade greeting cards waiting for their happy recipients.

Holiday Card Printing: Letterpress

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a finely printed letterpress card! And the tactile quality of ink pressed to paper will leave quite an impression on the recipient. Spend a Sunday in the Spudnik Press Printshop creating your own unique cards with hand set lead type and blocks carved with vintage illustrations. This workshop combines an overview of how letterpress works with hands-on learning, and is a great way to try out a new way to make art before taking a longer class. Students will each make about 20 cards with a short saying or phrase and are encouraged to make a few extras to trade as well! The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

Letterpress II: Polymer

This class will begin where Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type leaves off. Students will jump right into working with polymer plates, which allow artists to print their own design, and set type digitally. The class will cover all aspects of printing with polymer plates, including design, pre-press, developing plates, and printing. This class will also investigate two-color registration, double-sided printing, and other skills that arise based on each student’s projects. The goal is for students to graduate from the class having versatile knowledge of letterpress printing.

NEW 4-WEEK FORMAT:
Beginning in the fall of 2014, we are condensing our polymer class to four weeks, allowing more students to add this method of image-making and printing to their skill set. Letterpress Finesse will be offered in early 2015 for students looking to fine tune their skills and tackle larger projects.

Clamshell Boxmaking

A Clamshell box is a remarkably sturdy and useful structure that can be used as an ideal housing for a portfolio of prints, photos, artist books, memorabilia, or tools. During this workshop students will construct a 6″x8″ clam shell box, and through this project, acquire the skills needed to make additional or customized box structures on their own. Students will also get to create a “perfect bound” sketchbook to accompany their handmade box.  To allow each student to create a box that suits his or her style, we will not be providing the decorative paper that will cover each box.

Private Lessons

Spudnik Press offer private lessons in screenprinting, letterpress, intaglio, relief, lithography and can accommodate requests in most derivative processes like image transfers, and book binding. Private lessons can accommodate one, two, or three students.

Typically held in 2- or 3-hour blocks, private lessons meet the student where they are at and can target very specific learning goals. The first meeting begins with orientation to the studio and a general introduction to the process. Together teacher and student plan a project and the remaining lessons. By the end of a cycle of lessons, students are typically authorized to print at Spudnik Press.

Please Email veronica@spudnikpress.org to schedule a lesson. We will work to match you with a Teaching Artist that best suits your requests. Please include:

Which process you would like to learn
General level of experience
Availability: days, evenings, weekends, etc.

Private lessons can be purchased online in advance or as a gift. Payment can also be brought to the first lesson. However, we take cancellations very seriously and will invoice for any cancellations made with less than 24-hours notice.

 

Custom Workshops

All classes and workshops at Spudnik Press can be offered as a customized private workshop. We have hosted staff outings, private group events, and a variety of parties. Through creating artistic projects guided by Spudnik’s outstanding team of teaching artists, private workshops are able to expand skill sets, develop creative thinking, and bring together friends, family, or coworkers over a new fun activity.

We are able to host large groups (up to 24 people). However, the more intimate the group, the more hands-on each participant is able to be. We’ve found that 4-12 participants is ideal.

Please Email angee@spudnikpress.org to schedule a custom workshop. We will work to match you with a Teaching Artist that best suits your requests. Please include:

Approximate number of participants
Which process you would like to learn
General level of experience
Requests or ideas regarding project parameters
Availability and ideal dates

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.

Subsidized Offset Apprenticeship

Our subsidized apprenticeship program includes 24 hours of 1-on-1 instruction. Students will become fully authorized to operate the ABDick Offset press through printing projects on behalf of Spudnik Press, such as marketing materials, collaborative projects, and member newsletters. Classes cover everything from file prep, alternative plate making, double-sided printing, registration, overlays, etc. We are only able to work with one Subsidized Apprentice at a time.

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.