Bookbinding 201: The Coptic

Originally used by the early Christians in Egypt (the Copts) some 2000 years ago, the coptic bound book is characterized by its strength and attractive chain-link stiches across the spine. Coptic bound books lay flat when opened, making them the ideal platform for journaling, sketching, and a variety of artist book concepts. Students will become familiar with bookbinding tools, materials, and terminology, as well as sewing skills that will allow the student to complete a coptic bound book from start to finish. This includes skills such as folding signatures, wrapping book board with decorative paper, and sewing multiple book block sections together. Bookbinding 201 workshops are great way for students with bookbinding experience to refresh or hone skills and a great taste of what bookbinding offers for beginning students. Students will need to provide one or two large sheets of decorative paper for the covers of their books.

Risography 101 (Aug 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.

Cyanotypes (SU2015)

A cyanotype is a contact print on light-sensitive paper, and is process that bridges photography and printmaking. When UV light hits treated paper, a reaction is triggered that forms an intense blue dye. Students will see historical examples of cyanotypes and demonstrations than explore the process hands on. Weather pending, students will create prints out of doors with sunlight, as well as with our NuArc platemaker. Images can be composed from found objects, cut stencils, drawn or digitally printed transparencies, and can be exposed onto any durable paper or absorbent fabric. Color altering will be introduced through reducing, intensifying and toning techniques. No previous experience necessary for this explorative, and playful process. Students will leave the workshop with many finished images and the ability to continue working at Spudnik Press or at home.

Letterpress Your Own Cards (SU2015)

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.

Bookbinding 201: The Longstitch

The longstitch bound book is characterized by its classic style and its ability to employ a range of visually dynamic sewing structures. A combination of long straight stitches and braided link stitches adorn the spine of the book, which can be made of leather, fabric, or paper. Students will become familiar with bookbinding tools, materials, and terminology, as well as sewing techniques that will allow the student to complete a longstitch bound book from start to finish. Bookbinding 201 workshops are great way for students with bookbinding experience to refresh or hone skills and a great taste of what bookbinding offers for beginning students. All supplies, including felt for the cover will be provided, However, students have the option to bring a 12″x18″ piece of leather or faux leather for their book cover.

Screenprinting on Paper

Most people are fans of screenprinting whether they know it or not. Screenprinting is an art form known for its bold graphics and its usefulness. A close cousin of stenciling, screenprinting is easy to learn, yet hard to master. Our eight-week class provides adequate time for new printers to complete a range of projects, gradually increasing in complexity and nuance. With the ongoing support of a pro to help trouble-shoot along the way, students will be familiar with dark room exposure, mesh count, screen tension, ink consistency, and registration. In addition to developing A+ printing skills, this class will help students develop their imagery, be it hand-drawn illustration or digital files, to work best as a print. By the end of the class, students will know their way around the printshop, and be well equipped to continue printing independently at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Relief Printmaking: Print Meets Book

Print Meets Book is a variation of our standard Relief Printmaking class. By building this class around a book project, the tactile and narrative aspects of printmaking are brought to the forefront. The flutter book, a variation of an accordion-fold book, is printed from a single sheet of large paper and allows multiple pages to be unfolded and morph into many directions and contextual avenues. By taking advantage of this format, students will gain experience planning and carving a large block, while using individual panels or pages to practice a variety of approaches to block carving. By the completion of the class, students will be comfortable with all the foundational skill of relief printmaking such as carving, inking, and printing a woodblock, as well as how to exploit positive and negative space in a block printed image.

Risography 101 (Sep 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.

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. Since the advent of letterpress printing in the mid-15th century, printers have been enamored with the process of hand-setting lead and wood type. Today we remain enamored with this tactile process, and printers continue to find new ways to approach the art form.

Letterpress I uses a range of projects to familiarize students with the history and practice of letterpress printing and typography. Learning through doing, students will build confidence not only printing, but also understanding the vocabulary around letterpress printing. The class will begin with hand-setting linear type to print business cards, a short poem, etc. Students will practice setting printing pressure, adjusting ink, and will gain a respect for our antique presses and our collection of lead type. Students will then continue to acquire the technical skills and creative approaches to print through independent and collaborative projects.

Our 12-week format*, longer than the typical introductory class, allows students to print on both our platen presses and our Vandercoook, set lead and wood type, distribute type, color match ink, finesse pressure, practice multi-color printing, and of course master the most efficient way to clean and care for our presses.

*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.

Printmaking Foundations: Screenprinting, Relief, Etching

For anyone who wants to be creative through printmaking, our Foundations class introduces first time printers to the wide variety of resources and equipment at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Students will experiment with three unique printmaking processes throughout the six weeks. With each printing process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities to elevate sketches and designs through print and to understand the basic concepts that bridge the many types of printmaking at our studio.

Screenprinting is a form of stencil making that is used to print fine art as well as posters, cards, t-shirts, and more. Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Etching, also known as Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], 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.

Together, these processes range from experimental to exacting, bold to subdued, and unpredictable to calculated and can open new possibilities for artists, writers, and folks who want to learn a new way to make art. Printmaking Foundations can act as either a general introduction to everything Spudnik has to offer, or a refresher course for artists who have previous experience.

Risography 101 (Oct 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.

Risography 101 (Nov 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.