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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.