Posts Categorized: Special Topics

February 29 | Experimental Zinemaking (6 Weeks)

The shapes and forms of books can be as wildly varied as their contents. A few simple concepts like folding, sewing, and gluing can be combined and stretched and iterated upon to make something wholly new but still recognizably “a book.”

Over 6 weeks, students will not only learn how to bind classic and experimental bookforms, but also how to use the Risograph to print the content of their books quickly and stylishly.

No experience is needed in either Risography or bookbinding, simply a creative spirit and a readiness to experiment.

March 1 | Professional Practices for Artists (4 Weeks, Online)

Note: This 4-week online class will be skipping March 22nd and will therefore conclude on March 29th.

Would you like to build more of your livelihood around your art practice, or get your work out into the world more? Curious about opportunities for funding, learning, exhibiting, and creating, but intimidated by the process?

This series of online stand-alone workshops will focus on different professional skills and practices that working artists depend on for entrepreneurship in the real world — helping you make a good start on your goals!

Week 1:
Writing for Yourself, Writing for Your Audience: The Artist Statement, Bio, and CV
Week 2:
Administrative Essentials: Be Your Own Secretary AKA How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Spreadsheet
Week 3:
De-Mystifying Grants, Residencies, and Calls for Exhibitions
Week 4:
Self-Promotion & Communications for Independent Artists

March 6 | Bookbinding 101: Simple Self-Publishing (1-Day)

This workshop focuses on styles of bookbinding that are low-cost yet dynamic, and well suited for poetry chapbooks and portfolio books. Students will earn how to choose materials and create simple book structures that best highlight the content within their book.

The workshop will address the logistics of organizing poetry or artwork into a book form, explore the book as a vessel for information, and how material choices can inform how the book is read. While the workshop will create blank books, each style of binding will begin with standard 8.5” x 11” paper to allow your poetry or artistic content to be easily printed from a common inkjet or laser printer. 

Students will complete four sample books: Two pamphlet stitch varieties, a perfect bound book, and a more elaborate Japanese stab binding.

In addition to learning hand skills, the class will discuss the history of chapbooks, their role in publishing over time, and ways to share and sell chapbooks. If you have writing or images you would like to promote, this is a great workshop to jump start your self-publishing!

March 8 | Drypoint Printing (1 Day)

This course is best suited to ambitious beginners curious about intaglio techniques. The drypoint process covers the basic skills needed to become familiar with etching and other intaglio processes, and therefore would set students up for further success with intaglio in the future.

Students will learn drypoint techniques, plate wiping techniques, and gain familiarity with intaglio printing. Students will leave with a finished drypoint plate and print, as the class hours will be devoted to learning technique versus creating a perfected artwork.

March 30 | Screenprinting on Fabric and Paper (1 Day)

Screenprinting is an art form known for its bold graphics and versatility. It is an approachable process, yet has many facets to explore and master. This one-day workshop is a great introduction for beginners who do not have experience with screenprinting.

Students will learn the basic skills to get familiar with the screenprinting process, and will be introduced to a variety of possible applications or projects that will offer an exploration of ways to create screenprints from drawings, digital designs, and found or photographic imagery.

To further develop their skills, students may continue their screenprinting journey at Spudnik Press by booking Private Lessons or enrolling in our multi-week screenprinting classes.