Young Artist Class: Illustration Through Screenprinting

This Fall, Spudnik Press is offering our first printmaking class free of charge specifically for youth. Focusing on high school students in our immediate neighborhood, we hope to offer a safe environment in which students can gain faith in their ability to communicate through visual art. Our studio is seeking to connect with young artists who ready for independent projects and will benefit from time working in an intimate setting with a professional artist as their mentor. Our inaugural class will focus on screen printing. We will host an exhibition of student work in early 2012. This program is made possible by support from The Cliff Dwellers.

Please read the program specifics below, and contact Angee Lennard ( with questions regarding the program.

To register, submit the YAP Registration and Permission Form to Spudnik Press. Students also may register by phone (312-563-0302) and bring the registration and permission form with them to the first day of class.

Course Description:
This is a Saturday morning class that explores all aspects of screen printing on paper! On the first day, students will work on original drawings that will be transformed into “cut stencil” screen prints. Students will the learn how the printed image can best work as a vehicle for their creative ideas by studying graphic design. The class will cover how to use hand-drawn imagery as well as using a computer to create photographic prints.
Assignments will be self-guided by the students, with everyone incorporating color printing and the practice of editioning into their projects.

Student goals and desired outcomes:
Students will be able to apply what they have learned in their art classes within their schools to technically ambitious projects beyond the scope of a typical classroom.
Students will be able to self-discipline and persevere, enabling them to create sophisticated works of art.
Students will gain confidence in their art-making abilities.
Students will create works of art appropriate for portfolios for college applications.

Students are in their Junior or Senior year of high school.
Students have means to get to and from Spudnik Press each week.
Students are able to commit to attending all 10 sessions.
Students need no printing experience, but should be comfortable drawing and interested in illustration and design.

Class will meet for 10 weeks beginning on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10:30am – 12:30pm Spaces available: 8 of 10.