T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or totebags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students will bring to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies! After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, student will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone is encouraged to bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! T-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets, will work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Photoshop for Printmakers

Not everyone needs to be a Photoshop expert. With that said, there are many benefits of understanding the software and knowing a few tricks that come in handy as a printmaker. Our one-day workshop will arm even the most “non­techy” person with digital arsenal of skills needed to transform drawings, photographs, and found images into their next great idea.

Through hands-on file editing, students will practice using a variety of Photoshop tools to 1) help plan and visualize multilayer prints and 2) edit files to create crisp darkroom-ready stencils.

For example, students will better understand color modes and when to use each of them (CMYK, Greyscale, Bitmap and Duotone). Students will learn tricks for separating an image into multiple layers and adjusting contrast, levels and curves to create high-contrast black and white images from scanned drawings. Students will learn how to add trapping to their artwork and how to create an on-screen approximation of what their artwork might look like as ink on paper.

Students will use their own computers* with Creative Suite. This workshop focuses on digital “pre-press” file editing. Students will not be creating prints during the workshop.

Need to learn Adobe Illustrator too? Sign up for Illustrator for Printers on April 9!

*Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with creative suite. A limited number of students may be able to use onsite computers.

Letterpress Finesse

After completing a Letterpress I or Letterpress II, students can elevate their skills by devising a larger project to focus on throughout this eight-week course. Helping push students from concept and design through to the completion of an extensive project, students will have ample opportunity to finesse skills learned in previous classes. Projects might take the form of a bound poetry chapbook, a collection of greeting cards, a series of gig posters, or suite of wedding invitations. Projects may incorporate handset type, polymer plates, monoprinting, or a combination of these techniques.

The first day kicks of with peers sharing their project ideas, sketching concepts, brainstorming creative and technical solutions, and developing a project plan. Following weeks focus on setting type, design, plate making, printing technique, press maintenance, with demos, discussions, and sharing of artwork based on the needs of the students.

In progress critiques will push the work to remain on target, and be smart, aesthetically interesting, and engaging. Students will graduate Letterpress Finesse with a better understanding of typography, honed printing skills, and professional craftsmanship. Enrollment is limited to 6 students.

T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (April 2017)

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or totebags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students will bring to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies! After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, student will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone is encouraged to bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! T-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets, will work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Adobe Illustrator for Printmakers

Adobe Illustrator can be a bewildering program to learn. Even for those who are proficient with photo editing software, Illustrator can quite challenging to learn. Yet, printmakers relay on this program to create films, stencils or plates.

Our Illustrator for Printers workshop focuses on the specific skills and tools that printmakers need to understand. The first order of business will be to review when artists should choose Illustrator and when and why vector files are best suited for many printmaking processes.

From there, students will learn how to set up a clean and consistent workflow to streamline the digital pre-press portion of their projects. Step-by-step, students will practice digitizing imagery, separate and organize layers, preview colors and export to a variety of file types. Through manipulating a variety of files, students will get the hang of the most-used tools and functions, and will work through typical problems that arise when working with Illustrator files.

Students will use their own computers* with Creative Suite. This workshop focuses on digital “pre-press” file editing. Students will not be creating prints during the workshop.

Need to learn Photoshop too? Sign up for Photoshop for Printmakers on April 2.

*Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with creative suite. A limited number of students may be able to use onsite computers.

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing

Print your own greeting cards using Spudnik Press’ traditional printing presses. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will surely leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

Students will be able to set their own short saying or phrase and (if desired) combine it with vintage relief blocks featuring festive illustrations. This workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and history with hands-on art making, and it is a great way to try out a new hobby before taking a longer class. Students can bring any blank cards they desire (so everyone can pick out their favorite size and color). Taking turns, each student will lock up their type and independently print with our platen presses. Students will each make about 20 cards and are encouraged to make a few extras to trade as well! The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels

Take advantage of this fun opportunity to make a snazzy set of tea towels featuring any image you choose! Bring your own design, hand lettering or illustration to Spudnik Press Cooperative. Spend an afternoon learning the basics of screenprinting on fabric. Leave with a set of kitchen towels to gift or keep for your self!

This hands-on workshop encourages each student to customize their project with the option to choose the best size, color, and placement for their image. The best part of printmaking is the option to make multiples, so we are providing each student five fresh tea towels to experiment with. We welcome brand new printmakers as well as those who have some experience and would like to learn more.

Bold line drawings, silhouettes, geometric shapes, monograms or hand lettering all are great starting points for designs.

Risography 101 (April 2017)

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.

Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (May 2017)

Intaglio Printmaking is a family of printing techniques in which marks are incised into a metal plate. Using a fine point needle and various other tools, drawings and images are transferred through a thin protective ground to expose copper. With the help of a chemical bath, marks and images are etched into the metal with a remarkable amount of detail.

Working more spontaneously, artists can scratch images directly on the plate, transfer textures onto the plate, or paint directly on their plates with resists and mordants.

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 who do have intaglio experience can revisit the foundational skills with a more nuanced understanding of the process, and move on to independent projects.

Screenprinting Explorations (May 2017)

Most people are fans of screenprinting whether they know it or not. Screenprinting is an art form known for its bold graphics and versatility. 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 on paper and fabric, 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 successfully translate to print. By the end of the class, students will know their way around the print shop, and be well equipped to continue printing independently at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Spiral Tunnel Bookbinding Workshop

Tunnel books are a great example of how artists can be sculptural objects. Expanding like the bellows of an according, tunnel books expand and contract to display an image, a setting, or a scene on a series of cut out panels. Looking through an opening in the cover, “readers” can take in the three-dimensional scene. With the addition of a spiraling element, spiral tunnel books have movement and interaction between the layers and inspire the same playfulness that pop-up books are known for.

A perfect workshop for visual artists who want to work narratively, dimensionally, or in a book format, this bookbinding workshop will invite participants to cut up and reimagine their own test prints, scrap paper, and sketches or to improvise with various found prints and papers found at the studio. Students will learn to work with bookbinding materials including PVA glue, glue brushes, bone folders, book cloth, and brads. In addition to learning how to plan for movement in the spiral book, students will hone hand skills by cutting a custom viewfinder into the book cover, then cleaning and professionally wrapping the book board to create a durable hardcover book.

All are welcome to enroll in this workshop, regardless of prior bookbinding experience.

 

T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (May 2017)

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or totebags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students will bring to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies. After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, student will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone is asked to bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! T-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets will all work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!