Posts Categorized: Design

Protest in Practice: Print & Production From Rage to Page

In this 10 week letterpress course, students will focus on slogan writing and transforming outrage into a dynamic, concise, legible protest object. Skills demonstrated in this course will include language development, visual communication, color theory, text hierarchy, type setting, two color print registration, ink manipulation (blend rolls, splatter effects, flocking) and paper consideration. Students will leave this course with the knowledge and understanding to safely operate our machines. 

Throughout the class students will develop the technical skills needed to continue print independently at Spudnik Press and a variety of historical and contemporary approaches to the artform.

This class will not meet on November 27th. 

 

End Grain, Hard Wood: That’s my Type

In this 8 week letterpress course, students will focus on using wood type to create typographically expressive forms through layering, repeated runs through the press, work & turn, visual puns, ink manipulation (transparency, blend rolls, hand brayered type) and paper selection. Students will produce print objects that demonstrate knowledge of color theory, scale consideration, and hypertext. Students will leave this course with the knowledge and understanding to safely operate our machines. 

Throughout the class students will develop the technical skills needed to continue print independently at Spudnik Press and a variety of historical and contemporary approaches to the artform.

 

Box Making Workshop

Clamshell boxes are ideal for housing a portfolio of prints, photos, artist books, memorabilia, or tools. This style of box features a durable tray that safely holds the contents in place with a drop spine and hinged lid that allows the box open like a book and lay flat. This sturdy little box can be scaled to accommodate just about any content.

During this workshop students will construct a 6″x8″ box and build comfort and confidence in a variety of bookbinding skills: measuring and cutting book board, using a glue brush, wrapping boards with paper and book cloth, and planning for hinges that allow the box to easily open and close.

UTOPIAZINE: Making zines for the world you want to see

This 4 week workshop will be a space for collective dreaming, treating the zine as a small space for radical daydreaming. Through discussions, reading, and tapping into intuitive making activities, we will create guides for ourselves to fall back to when we feel lost, discouraged, and uninspired. Through experimenting with basic zine formats and discussions, we’ll envision new possibilities and futures for the worlds we want to see.

Rumination: The Remix

Have old prints or works on paper that you can’t throw away? Give them a second life as a handmade holiday gift! Join us for a workshop to jump start the holiday season and work on handmade gifts to subvert the compulsive consumption that reaches a fever pitch around this time of year.

Repurpose prints from previous press runs through various cutting and folding techniques. An old holiday card or calendar is reborn as a gift box; Letterforms sourced from printed material become a visual poem; Test prints become a set of envelopes. Have a stack of nice paper with misprinted or incompleted images on it? Fold them all in half and sew them into a journal with an exposed spine using contrasting or decorative thread.

Participants bring old prints, or test sheets or commercially printed objects looking to be repurposed. Transform your misprints into sketchbooks, a handmade stationary or even poems. Bring a stack of printed material from past print projects or even old books or magazines and transform material into functional paper objects.  This meditative practice of sifting through paper objects is also a great end of the year ritual. Come ruminate on all your past prints and push them back out into the public sphere as tokens of affection.



 

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 info@spudnikpress.org 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.