Posts Categorized: Design

Concepts in Design: Analog to Digital

With printmakers in mind, we have developed a graphic design class that focuses on 1) the elements of design most essential to print production and 2) the common Adobe Photoshop tools needed to prepare and output films. This class is perfect for those who have ever felt some intimidation to working digitally and digitally preparing their artwork for print.

Projects in this class will utilize collaging as a way for students to investigate their personal style and effective communication while practicing composition, space, balance, emphasis, perspective, and text. Additionally, color theory will be investigated through the lens of printmaking by considering how ink and paper interacts, and how to visualize and plan ahead for ink mixing.

Students will become comfortable with the Photoshop tools necessary to create trapping, preview color palettes, print stencils, add halftones, and more essentials for any print process they may want to work in.

Students will use their own computers with Adobe Photoshop. Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with this software. This workshop focuses on pre-press design. Students will not be creating prints during the class.

Aritst Books: Sequence, Image, & Time

In this course students will explore the process of thinking through experimentation to create an original artist book. Throughout the class students will review several bookbinding structures. The instructor will provide feedback and help students develop narrative, timing, page sequencing, and structure – all vital steps to creating a contemporary artist book. Students will be encouraged to use image making techniques as well as text based content. All students will leave the class with a one of a kind artist book that goes beyond making a blank book. Previous experience in bookbinding, art making, and writing is encouraged but not 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.

Letterpress Printing 101: Introduction to Letterpress

This course is the perfect introduction to letterpress printing. Students will develop foundational skills by using a composing stick to hand set lines of types. From there, projects will introduce more technical considerations as well as creative approaches to printing. Students will learn to learn to lock-up type, set pressure, mix and modify ink and how to safely operate our machines. This class is great for students looking for the basic principles of letterpress printing and those who want additional experience with Vandercook and Platen presses.  This class is a prerequisite for Letterpress Printing 102.

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.

Broadsides! Broadsides!

Historically broadsides were used as proclamations, posters, commentaries, and advertisements. Today, artists and writers use them to explore the intersection between the written word and visual art.

Learn the exciting history of letterpress printing through the process of printing your own broadside. Using Spudnik’s amazing collection of wood type, students will set a short phrase, lyric, or saying for their broadside edition.  They will then learn how to set up a Vandercook printing press to create their own colorful and tactile edition of 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.

Letterpress Printing 102

This class invites students with basic letterpress experience to become proficient on Vandercook and platen presses while creating a self-directed project. A key goal for the class is for students to acquire the skills needed to print and troubleshoot independently. Students will review roller height adjustments, changing the tympan, single- and double-sided registration, and proper inking and cleaning of the press.

Additionally, students will explore the making of books! Sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into book production will deepen student’s understanding of letterpress printing and it’s many uses and capabilities.

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.

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.