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.

Screenprinting on Fabric (WI2015)

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.

Intaglio Printmaking: Multi-level (WI2015)

Etching, also often referred to as Intaglio, 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. Beginning with basic line etching, students will learn and practice traditional plate making and printing processes. Through chine collé, aquatint, dry point, soft ground, and experimentation, student will add tonality, color, and varied marks to their images. While no prior printing experience is needed, students that do have intaglio experience can revisit the foundational skills with a more nuanced understanding of the process, and move on to independent projects.

Screenprinting Explorations (WI2015)

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 on paper and fabric, and encourage students to dabble with a variety of projects. Students will begin with a class project to master the basic technical skills, and finish the class with a self-proposed project.

Bookbinding (WI2015)

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.

PAST TENSE: A Zine Workshop (WI2015)

Guest Presenter: The Perch

The Perch exists as a creative platform for free learning through the process of connecting a variety of people to share and hear one another’s ideas and stories.

Past Tense is a community workshop in which participants will begin the day by exchanging stories over the course of several creative exercises. Perch Founders, Matt Austin and Jeff Austin, will introduce their views on education and the architecture of space and conversation. With the help of group discussions, jazz music, oral presentations, and time to write independently, participants will investigate prideful interests, passions, hurdles, and haters.

Shifting gears in the afternoon, participants will develop a zine utilizing their own narratives and written pieces from the morning session. Similar to a newspaper club, the class will divide up responsibilities, and work as a team to determine layout, materials, final copy, and binding. The culminating zine will be archived in the Spudnik Press Small Press Library and the Read/Write Library, and distributed to participants and local bookstores.

The Foundations of Teaching Artistry (WI2015)

Foundations of Teaching Artistry is designed for artists who aspire to teach. This workshop is also perfect for Teaching Artists who have experience with youth or adults, yet have unresolved questions about how to best structure a class, assess their students learning, or juggle the many roles of a teaching artist.

Special guests, Kate Adams and Cynthia Weiss, will contextualize the field of Teaching Artistry and introduce fundamental tools and approaches that allow artists to not only excel as educators, but inspire their students as well. Through conversations as a group and with peers, attendees will investigate many questions and concepts: What are learning objectives? What is a syllabus? How can a syllabus and objectives make teaching easier and more gratifying? How can learning objectives help students succeed and stay motivated? How can a teacher assess student learning? What does a “successful” class look like?

Kate Adams a teaching artist with sculpting and painting experience and staff at Marwen. In her current role as Manager of The Marwen Institute, Kate focuses her efforts on providing professional development and ongoing support of Marwen’s teaching artists and assistant teaching artists.

Cynthia Weiss is a public artist, painter, and arts educator and a leader in the field of the arts and education. In addition to her role as Director of Education at Marwen, Cynthia is an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Columbia College Chicago, a member of the Chicago Public Art Group, an artist in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and was selected to be a member of the Education Leaders Institute Illinois team, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (WI2015)

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 their own design in class, as well as learn the process of exposing a screen, mixing inks, and printing. Heavy weight unbleached canvas is provided, as well as tips and tricks particular to printing on this heavier fabric. After printing, students will choose to wrap the print around stretcher bars or add grommets to complete their artwork.

Students are asked to bring a one-color 8×8” 300 dpi digital image. Please call us if you have any questions on the best way to prepare your design.

Letterpress Print Your Own Cards (WI2015)

Letterpress printing brings a level of sophistication to note cards, stationary, gift tags, and business cards. This introduction to this printing process from the 15th century will familiarize students with metal type and letterpress terminology. Through creating a small edition of greeting cards or business cards, each student will take a turn locking up their type and printing with our platen presses. Students will each make 20 cards with up to 3 short lines of text, choosing a typeface and paper stock to work with. The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

 

Risography (April 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.