Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (Oct 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 also scratch images directly on the plate, transfer textures onto the plate, or paint directly on their plates with resists and mordents.

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. No prior printing experience is needed, and 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.

Do you want to try out etching before signing up for the full class? Our Etching Tester & Refresher is happening on Sunday, October 15.

Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (October 2017)

Explore the wide world of independent publishing through this hands-on workshop that brings together writing, letterpress printing, and bookbinding.

Working with the unique aesthetics of letterpress printing, as well as the constraints of this art form, students will be exposed to new ways to think about writing. As both a writing workshop as well as small press incubator, this session is especially useful for writers and poets who want to enhance their hand skills or are considering various approaches to distributing their writing.

Taking advantage of the tools and resources available at Spudnik Press, students will learn about metal type, typesetting, composition, paper handling, and simple binding structures. By the end of the day, students will have created from start-to-finish a collaborative chapbook and will have a solid understanding of the tasks involved in printing. Visual arts experience is not required.

Screenprinting Refresher (Oct 2017)

Open to anyone with prior printing experience, this refresher workshop will assume that students understand screenprinting and have previous experience, but are feeling out-of-practice or fuzzy regarding the finer points of the process. Students should have already completed a one-day workshop or full class, although it need not have been at Spudnik, or in the recent past. We also welcome printers that would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue.

Spudnik Press staff will review an assortment of skills such as: selecting the best mesh count, applying the perfect coat of photo emulsion, troubleshooting and diagnosing exposure and printing issues, ink mixing, registration, and screen reclamation. Equally as importantly, we will address how to consider these technical factors and limitations when designing a project for printing.

During the workshops, each student will expose a screen, and work with peers to print a two-color image designed to hone nuanced printing skills. Students are welcome to bring specific questions about their next project for an on-the-spot consultation.

To help build printing confidence at Open Studio sessions, students are invited to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their freshly acquired knowledge to use. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of screenprinting.

Bookbinding (Oct 2017)

Bookbinding is an art form that combines fine craftsmanship with 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, and will even be able to design their own paste paper covers and endpapers! 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.

Screenprinting Explorations (Oct 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.

Risography 101 (Oct 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: Screenprinting (Nov 2017)

Screenprinting is one of many processes at Spudnik Press that can be used to print your own set of greeting cards. This is a quick and fun introduction to printing on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making personalized cards for their friends and family.

Students will bring to the workshop their own one-color digital or hand-drawn designs. Not a design expert? No problem! Any bold black and white image will work, and students will be able to finesse their design after learning the strengths and limitations of the process. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies.

Throughout the workshop, they will use a darkroom to expose their design to a screen, mix their own ink color, and most importantly, print, print, and print. Students will walk away with a set of 20 handmade greeting cards for friends, family and coworkers.

Basic white 5×7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own cards.

Community Workshop: Monotype like Matisse

This collaborative screenprinting class focuses on how various mark-making materials can be used with a screen to make one-of-a-kind prints. Materials such as watercolors, water-based crayons, markers and pencils can be used in conjunction with stencils to allow artists to improvise, explore, and work quickly to make multiple iterations of an image.

Inspired by the paper cut-outs used by Matisse in the later part of his career, students work together and respond to each others marks. This game will encourage images to be built up through multiple layers. The end goal: students trust their gut intuition, and work in the moment to experiment with materials and composition. So sign up with a friend, test your collaboration skills, and take home a portfolio of unique prints!

No understanding of bitmaps, photo emulsion or Photoshop required! This immediate, direct and at times unpredictable process can produce expressive marks reminiscent of Jackson Pollock or Rorschach tests, psychedelic abstractions, or much more controlled transfers of pencil, crayon, charcoal and water-color images drawn and painted directly on a screen. This workshop is great for those new to art making, as well as painters, teachers looking for non-digital and non-darkroom print projects, and printmakers looking to add variety to their practice.

Community Workshop: Riso on the Run: How to Quickly Print and Bind Your Own Getaway Planner

Riso on the Run invites our community to make their own personal planner while dabbling in design, printmaking, bookbinding, and finishing.

Step One: Design: Regardless if you are inspired by the trending bullet planner, prefer a page-a-day format, or want to keep it simple with a to-do list and spot for appointments, you can create your very own custom pages designed just how you want!

Step Two: Duplicate: After finalizing a black and white template for your planner pages, you’ll witness the wonders of the risograph machine! This automated duplicator from Japan looks like a photocopier but uses special drums of ink to produce lush prints in a variety of colors.

Step Three: Perfect Binding: After printing a stack of pages, learn how to turn them into a bound book. Perfect binding uses simple materials and PVA glue to adhere loose sheets of paper into a finished book.

Step Four: Trim: The final step of creating a professional-looking book is to use a guillotine to trim the book to its final dimensions.

Step Five: Start Planning!

With donation-base tuition to accommodate even the most modest budget, all are welcome to come dabble with a new skill, including educators looking for new ideas, first-time artists, professionals, and everyone in between.

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.

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!