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.

This class meets Sunday June 14 and Sunday June 21 from 12:00 – 6:00pm.

Papermaking

Papermaking can be used as a catalyst for bookmaking, printmaking, drawing, as well as an art form all in it’s own. This hands-on workshop, lead by Spudnik Press Fellow, Caroline Walp, will cover a brief history of papermaking and what exactly paper is or can be made of. Students will learn how to form sheets of paper and experiment with different pigments and dyes and inclusions to make unique sheets to use in their own art practice.

This is a very wet process, so dress down for this workshop. Students will leave with the knowledge to continue making paper from their home or studio with easily accessible materials.

Risography 101 (July 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

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

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.

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.

Screenprinting Explorations (SU2015)

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.