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Hand Lettering

Focusing on the illustrative quality of written words, this introduction to hand lettering will encourage students to amplify their natural drawing or handwriting style by experimenting with mark making materials and the elements of art and design.

The spacing, slope, texture, sharpness, roundness, rhythm, irregularity and repetition within a word or phrase alter its impression. Students will explore various styles of hand lettering and how letterforms can mirror, expand or alter the meaning of text. Projects will incorporate the use of lettering markers, pens, brushes, ink and other common art supplies.

Once tools have been tested, and personal styles are explored, the class will look to layout and composition to combine text with image. Current and aspiring screen printers, calligraphers, illustrators and designers of posters, apparel, greet cards, and various printed ephemera will all be able to apply new skills to their craft.

The class culminates in students producing a final artwork ready to be hand printed, framed, or digitized.

Screenprinting Explorations

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.

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

Letterpress printing has been making quite an impression since about 1440 when Gutenberg invented movable type. A mechanical press prints from metal or wood type to crisply transfer ink to paper. Letterpress printing creates a tactile and inviting debossment in the paper. This “punch” makes this art form a popular choice for greeting cards, business cards, invitations, broadsides, and a wide range of printed ephemera.

While letterpress printing began as a commercial process, today artists, designers, typographers and illustrators are continually finding new ways to approach the art form. Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type uses a range of projects to familiarize students with letterpress printing, typography and the history of the art form. Spudnik Press Cooperative houses over 120 drawers of type, two Vandercook presses, a Line-o-scribe proofing press, and three platen presses, all of which are available for students to use.

Students will jump in browsing Spudnik’s unique collection of type and using a composing stick to hand set lines of type. From there, projects will increase in scope to introduce more advanced planning, technical considerations and creative approaches to printing. Students will learn new fun vocabulary words like reglets, quoins, chases, and leading. In addition to setting type, students will learn the mechanics of our presses and learn to lock-up type, set pressure, mix and modify ink and safely operate the machines.

Throughout the class students will acquire the technical skills to be authorized to print independently at Spudnik Press and the creative skills to produce inventive and alluring prints for years to come.

Screenprinting on Textiles

Knowing how to print on fabric opens up a slew of opportunities. Designing custom apparel, making gifts, stocking an Etsy store, making unique yardage for sewing projects, and manufacturing your own kickstarter rewards are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential fabric printing projects!

Screenprinting uses a stencil to transfer ink onto a flat surface. The process is approachable and fun to learn. Students will create prints from both hand drawn and digital images. Through weekly demonstrations, students will be learn about ink mixing, color and pattern relationships, repeat patterns and printing with multiple colors. This class is well suited for first-time screenprinters as well as printers who have only printed on paper. Student will some experience will add to their repertoire a better understanding of how different fibers and weaves affect printing, and how screen coating, exposure and wash out, printing, and ink mixing is adapted with textile printing.

Because we know each student brings unique ambitions, the syllabus has the option to incorporate additional discharge printing, basic fabric dying, or hand sewing demos. Graduates of Screenprinting on Textiles are encouraged to continue printing at Spudnik Press through our Open Studio or Keyholder Program.