T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (Nov 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 should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! 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!

DIY Greeting Cards: Calligraphy (Nov 2017)

After taking a calligraphy workshop, you’ll never look at a letter the same again! Designer and calligrapher, Grace Calderone is stopping by Spudnik Press to help first-time calligraphers make their own set of cards for the holidays.

The workshop will take a close look of the composition of letters, and how letters connect to other letters to form words and phrases. Students will get used to assembling the nib and holder, controlling the pen’s reservoir of ink, and varying line width with pressure. After practicing the basics, students will experiment with their own phrase, playing with how composition and ornamental flourishes can spice up the design, create playfulness, or emphasize the spirit of the card.

Everyone should come to class with a set of blank cards ready and a holiday sentiment like “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas”, “Wishing You Love & Light on Hanakkah”. While students can expect to complete about 5 successful cards, they should bring along a pack of 10-15 to allow for mishaps and experimentation. Students with extra time can move on to customize envelopes with flourishes or a return address.

Everyone will go home with their own cards and a printed guide to help them keep practicing on their own.

Letterpress Refresher (Nov 2017)

With a focus on printing, this refresher workshop will review setting up the presses, ink mixing and application, adjusting pressure, proper packing, registration and all-around best practices. Students will improve their mechanical understanding of the press and how wear and tear can be reduced through actively listening to the press, using a keen eye to spot and identify issues, and taking notice when the press doesn’t quite feel right.

We welcome printers that are 1) feeling out-of-practice, 2) are new to Spudnik’s letterpress facilities, or 3) would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and have the opportunity to become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of letterpress printing.

Plus, to help ease each participant back into printmaking, students are invited to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their refreshed knowledge to use.

Letterpress II: Polymer

This class will allow students to continue to build broad letterpress printing skills while added polymer platemaking to their repertoire. Polymer plates allow artists to print illustrations, digital type, and even photographs, and if desired, can be combined with traditional typesetting. The class will cover all aspects of printing with polymer plates, including design, pre-press, printing films in-house with our Epson 4800 printer, hand developing plates, and printing. This class will also investigate multi-color registration, double-sided printing, basic press maintenance and other skills that arise based on each student’s projects. Students will graduate from the class having versatile knowledge of letterpress printing, and the ability to seamlessly move between lead and polymer printing.

Risography 101 (Nov 2017)

A 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.

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2017)

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 each set their own short saying or phrase using metal and wood type. They’ll 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 craft. Students are encouraged to bring 20 blank notecards of any size and color. Each student will lock up their type and get to operate a printing press to produce their own design. Plus, students can trade with peers to take home a variety pack of cards.

DIY Bookbinding: Hardbacked Journal (Dec 2017)

Case binding is the most common style of hardback book with the covers and the spine both constructed from book board. This resilient binding can hold up to the daily wear and tear that journals and sketchbooks are subject to. Students will create signatures from loose sheets of paper, sew the signatures together to create a text block, attach end papers, and line the spine with glue and paper to reinforce the space.

To design and construct the case, students will learn how to properly measure their text block to find the proper measurements for the spine, covers, and hinges. Using these measurements, they will cut and glue together book boards, book cloth, and decorative paper.

Finally the two parts (cover and text block) come together as a functional book that can open and close! Students will gain experience using bone folders, PVA and methylcellulose and glue brushes. Students will also become more familiar with how paper grain and paper weight affect the construction of a book.

First-time bookbinders are welcome to join, but should be ready to pay attention to subtle details and precise measurements. This binding style requires accuracy and a gentle touch when gluing for the book to open and close properly. Spudnik Press Cooperative will supply black book cloth for the spine. Students are encouraged to bring their own lightweight paper for the front and back covers of the book, and are welcome to bring their own book cloth in any color they like.

Screenprinting On Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (Dec 2017)

Screenprinting 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-hang 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 design in class as well as learn the process of exposing a screen, mixing a custom ink color, and printing. Durable 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 black and white 10” x 10” 300 dpi digital image. Please call us if you have any questions on the best way to prepare your design.

DIY Screenrprinted Tea Towels (Dec 2017)

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.

DIY Letterpress Coasters (Dec 2017)

DIY Letterpress Coasters is an opportunity for people new to letterpress printing to experiment with the art form and experience the satisfaction of pressing ink to paper. A coaster is the perfect foundation for printers to play with the art form. Students will get to make their own mixed and matched coasters featuring the debossed “punch” that makes letterpress printing so popular.

Students can make coasters from variety of “type high” blocks: wood type to produce abstract shapes and textures, antique borders to create decorative patterns, and various contemporary designs by local artists cast as magnesium plates. Students can make a dozen unique coasters, or settle on a favorite look to create matching sets. Spudnik Press will provide the option of beginning with coasters made from thick cotton paper stock or cork. Students simply need to come to class ready to sift through type cases and dabble in the centuries old process of letterpress printing.

Self-Publishing Offset Apprenticeship

Our self-publishing apprenticeship program includes 20+ hours of individual instruction. Students will become fully authorized to operate the ABDick Offset press through printing their own artwork or writing, leaving with a completed large project or multiple smaller projects. Classes cover everything from file prep, alternative plate making, double-sided printing, registration, overlays, etc.

Students will meet for eight weeks for 2- to 3-hour sessions, at which point they should be able to become authorized, or continue taking lessons to gain confidence printing solo. Upon completion, authorized press operators can continue printing independently through our keyholder program, open studios, or hourly rental.

Email info@spudnikpress.org to schedule a meeting for more information. Please include basic availability and a preferred date to begin classes. We suggest visiting the studio prior to registering for this opportunity.