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.

Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt (WI2015)

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.

Letterpress II: Polymer (WI2015)

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:
We condensed our polymer class to four weeks, allowing more students to add this method of image-making and printing to their skill set.

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.

Typically held in 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, usually 3 to 5, students may become authorized to print at Spudnik Press.

Private lessons can accommodate up to two additional students for an additional $5-$10/hour. Members of Spudnik receive a discounted rate of $40/hour.

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:

What art form or 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 may 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.

Non-profit programs for youth receive a discounted rate of $85/hour.

Please Email info@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.