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Coptic Stich Binding

Developed in ancient Eygpt, Coptic binding features stylish exposed stitching and is great for sketchbooks because the pages can open flat. Students will create a 5×7 Coptic bound black book that can be used as a sketchbook or journal. Student will learn the parts of a book and how to prep materials for future projects. Single needle Coptic binding will be used with an optional double needle demonstration. This one-day workshop is open to beginners, particularly those interested in sewn bindings as well as more experience bookbinders who enjoy the Coptic structure. Students are welcome to bring decorative papers, book cloth, additional paper or prints for their projects.

 

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Letterpress Valentines

Celebrate Saint Valentine by impressing your friends, family, and coworkers with a clever hand-printed valentine.

Making your own greeting card is a perfect foray into letterpress printing! Using our vintage collection of letterpress cuts and ornaments in combination with wood and metal type, participants will design and print their own unique statement on up to 20 cards. Students can come with a short phrase in mind, or see what ideas emerge while browsing through our many drawers of plates from the era of letterpress newspapers and ads.

Regardless of how romantic one feels about the holiday, a hand-made card is always a thrill to make and to receive!

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Letterpress Pressure Prints

The process of pressure printing combining stencils and low-relief collages with letterpress printing to make textural images reminiscent of rubbings and collagraphs. Variation in the thickness of cut paper, string, plants, netting and other relatively two-dimensional items effect the amount of ink transferred by the cylinder of the press to the paper and leave a rich nuanced image on the page.

Students will work individually and collectively to create a variety of stencils, then experiment with the stencils, composition and the printing process to tell a story, create a mood, or build an illustration. Students will also be able to experiment with hand inking to create one-of-a-kind compositions. Throughout the workshop, students will create a series of up to 10 multi-layered monotypes as big as 19” x 25”!

For the technically inclined, the class will also address how to adjust cylinder packing and form height to achieve various printed results and to read and use a micrometer. Artists and illustrators who like to work with monoprinting, stencils, or cut paper, will benefit from this class, as well as letterpress printers, both new and experienced.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop

Convert your drawing or design into the highlight of your very own wearable item in this energetic one-day workshop.

Students will bring a bold black and white drawing, high-contrast photo, or digital. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies. After students refine their designs with the assistance of a professional teaching artist, students will transfer their image to a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom colors. Everyone should bring five flat, fabric items of their choosing on which to print. Examples of acceptable items include shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and even thrift store jean jackets. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly tote bag!

For those who love this introduction to screenprinting, our 8-week Screenprinting Explorations class will round out your skills and allow you print independently through our Open Studio program!

This class typically fills 2+ weeks in advance. Early registration is suggested.

Litho Made Easy: Pronto Plate Lithography

This class is an introduction to the process of lithography through the use of polyester plates. This technique is a simplified version of lithography that enables artists to create lithographs without having to master an acid etch.

A great introduction to both lithography and digital type setting, this class will explore how to blend language and image through the process of pronto plate printing. Students can combine hand drawing with digital text, photos, and designs. Pronto plate litho is wonderful way to enjoy the freedom of layering in with planographic printing at a fraction of the cost and toxicity of more traditional methods.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Decorative Paper: Suminagashi, Paste Papers, & Paper Marbling

Sign up to learn a variety of techniques to make decorative papers from all parts of the world! Students in this course will spend two weeks learning each of method of decorating paper: suminagashi, paste papers, and paper marbling.

Paste papers are one of the earliest methods used to decorate paper. Using sponges, combs, brushes, and found objects, a mixture of paste and acrylic paint is surface painted on to paper. Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan that creates lovely and unpredictable patterns. Paper Marbling is a more advanced design technique that has been used by paper artists since the 12thcentury. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and carefully transferred to paper to produce mesmerizing patterning, similar to smooth marble.

Decorative papers are a wonderful craft that can be create wonderful pieces of fine art. They can be used as book covers, end papers, and as a base for handmade prints.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop

Convert your drawing or design into the highlight of your very own wearable item in this energetic one-day workshop.

Students will bring a bold black and white drawing, high-contrast photo, or digital. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies. After students refine their designs with the assistance of a professional teaching artist, students will transfer their image to a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom colors. Everyone should bring five flat, fabric items of their choosing on which to print. Examples of acceptable items include shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and even thrift store jean jackets. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly tote bag!

For those who love this introduction to screenprinting, our 8-week Screenprinting Explorations class will round out your skills and allow you print independently through our Open Studio program!

This class typically fills 2+ weeks in advance. Early registration is suggested.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Advance Screenprinting: Image and Concept

Take your screenprinting skills to the next level in this project-driven class focused on exploring and exploits screenprinting as an art form and a creative process. Learn skills like mixing ink to match pantone colors, designing a triptych or other suite of prints, and using screenprinting as a fine art.  Students will also be able to review an assortment of skills like applying the perfect coat of photo emulsion, troubleshooting exposure and printing issues, and screen reclamation.

Over the course of the class, each student will create an edition of fine art prints and will have the opportunity to participate in a group print exchange. Previous screenprinting experience required.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop

Convert your drawing or design into the highlight of your very own wearable item in this energetic one-day workshop.

Students will bring a bold black and white drawing, high-contrast photo, or digital. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies. After students refine their designs with the assistance of a professional teaching artist, students will transfer their image to a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom colors. Everyone should bring five flat, fabric items of their choosing on which to print. Examples of acceptable items include shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and even thrift store jean jackets. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly tote bag!

For those who love this introduction to screenprinting, our 8-week Screenprinting Explorations class will round out your skills and allow you print independently through our Open Studio program!

This class typically fills 2+ weeks in advance. Early registration is suggested.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files

Risography 102 reinforces the skills introduced in Riso 101. Each student will bring their own project to set-up and print during the workshop.

Best practices for imposition or layout for zines and publications will be reviewed as well as tips for color separation and digital file set-up. Smart file set up is step #1 to ensure smooth and efficient printing!

Then, through creating a small run of prints during the workshop, students will get a refresher on how to make masters from digital files, how to troubleshoot paper jams and other typical print errors, and how to replenish ink and masters. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to use our guillotines to trim their prints.

This workshop is limited to just four students to ensure that everyone can print their own imagery, log time operating the machine independently, and be authorized to use our guillotines.

Students should come ready with a 2-3 color project–either a single-sided print to be completed in the workshop or a longer project to be finished during open studio. While PDF files are great, students are welcome to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.