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Printmaking Refresher: Relief, Intaglio, & Monoprint

This class is designed for those in our community who have had a hiatus from printmaking and are looking to get reacquainted with the print studio. This refresher class offers an overview of the three traditional oil-based printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, and monoprinting.

With each printing process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities to review the basic concepts that bridge the many types of printmaking at our studio. This is a great opportunity to review old skills and to have a guiding hand to help you begin your next print project.

While students need not be familiar with all three processes, those with prior experience will have the opportunity to become authorized to continue printing at Spudnik Press Cooperative through our Open Studio or Keyholder programs.

Skills that will be reviewed include:

  • Setting up the press
  • Registration
  • Additive & Reductive monoprinting
  • Safe block carving techniques
  • Line etching
  • Airbrush aquatinting
  • Chin collé

Students should come to class with drawings or inspirational imagery for the content of their prints. Digital imagery is also welcome as they can be printed out and transferred. Basic block carving tools and etching needles are available to use during class but we encourage students to bring their favorite tools or to acquire their own set to use outside of class times.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the studio!

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

This class will not meet on Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 25). The last session will meet on December 16.

Private Lessons: Gap Lessons

“Gap Lessons” are designed to support people transitioning from taking classes to using our Open Studio program, and to offer efficient and focused one-on-one support for people embarking on new projects or who need help working through a particular printing issue.

Taught by our in-house staff of skilled printers/artists, these one-hour lessons can help fill in any gaps that have held you back from getting the most out of your time at the studio.

Lessons are often scheduled preceding an Open Studio session to allow students to work with staff for an hour before their full studio session.

Email to schedule a lesson. Lessons are typically scheduled at least one-two weeks in advance. Instead of enrolling through our website, an online invoice will be sent once a lesson is confirmed. Please include in the email:

  • The specific topic or skill you would like help with
  • Any particular staff you would like to be paired with
  • Availability: days, evenings, weekends, etc.

Please note that gap lessons are not designed to provide authorization, but instead boost your confidence within the studio. Based on the skill or topic you would like to focus on, we may recommend a longer lesson.

Gap lessons are $45 for a 1-hour session. Members of Spudnik receive a discounted rate of $40/hour.