Posts Categorized: Process

From Pen to Paper: Putting Your Writing Into the World

This 8-week course is ideal for anyone looking to produce their own writing as a zine, graphic novel, memoir, essay collection, novel, or book of poetry. Co-taught by writing instructor Brooke White and publisher Amira Hegazy, students will create two small editions: a poster or zine and a book. Literary posters and zines are used by artists and writers to explore the intersection between the written word and visual art. The book project will introduce pagination, layout, and creative approaches to producing their writing in a book format.

Each of these projects will provide students the opportunity to artistically publish their original content using risograph printing. Additionally, students will receive creative guidance and feedback on their writing, and learn how to structure the length of their book project. Students will also learn the art of bookmaking, traditional and experimental approaches to publishing, and about tools and techniques to produce high-end artist books.

By the end of this course, students will have two unique projects showcasing their original writing.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.


Additionally, this is an 8 week course with Nov. 24 being taken off for the holiday, resulting in the course end date on Dec. 8.

DIY Cards: Letterpress

Join us for this fun, social workshop to see what letterpress printing is all about. During this workshop, you’ll be able to design and print your own greeting cards using vintage type and traditional printing presses. The rich, tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

Each attendee will be able to choose from a variety of fonts in our collection. With these fonts, they will learn how to set and print their own short saying, phrase, or statement to create a professional and one-of-a-kind set of cards. Our Teaching Artist will share what moveable type is, how it works, why it’s so special, and how its invention changed the world.

This one-day workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and its unique history with hands on making. It is a great way to try out a new craft and find out if you would love to learn the full process. Our studio will provide each participant with 15 fold-over cards with matching envelops.

Please note: Enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies

Printmaking Refresher: Relief, Intaglio, & Monoprint

This class is designed for those in our community who have had a hiatus from printmaking and are looking to get reacquainted with the print studio. This refresher class offers an overview of the three traditional oil-based printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, and monoprinting.

With each printing process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities to review the basic concepts that bridge the many types of printmaking at our studio. This is a great opportunity to review old skills and to have a guiding hand to help you begin your next print project.

While students need not be familiar with all three processes, those with prior experience will have the opportunity to become authorized to continue printing at Spudnik Press Cooperative through our Open Studio or Keyholder programs.

Skills that will be reviewed include:

  • Setting up the press
  • Registration
  • Additive & Reductive monoprinting
  • Safe block carving techniques
  • Line etching
  • Airbrush aquatinting
  • Chin collé

Students should come to class with drawings or inspirational imagery for the content of their prints. Digital imagery is also welcome as they can be printed out and transferred. Basic block carving tools and etching needles are available to use during class but we encourage students to bring their favorite tools or to acquire their own set to use outside of class times.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the studio!

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.


This class will not meet on Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 25). The last session will meet on December 16.

Intro to Relief Printing

Relief printmaking dates as far back as the 7th century and is considered the oldest form of printmaking, appearing first as woodblock images in China. It is a graphic yet versatile process, capable of hardedge imagery as well as soft tonality. In relief, an image is carved in reverse into a block which is then inked and sent through a press. The tools are simple and approachable but the possibilities are expansive.

Our three-week Intro to Relief Printing class equips students to plan, carve, and print in relief practices. During this class, students will be guided through the best methods for planning and transferring their images utilizing subtractive techniques that exploit line, shape, contrast, and texture. In addition, students will learn how to mix and modify inks, handle paper, methods of registration, and how to finesse pressure on the press for the best results.

With the completion of this class, students will not only produce an edition of prints that reflect the skills built throughout this class but receive authorization in relief printing at Spudnik. Further printing in relief can be explored through our Open Studio or Keyholder programs.

 Basic carving tools are available to use during class but we encourage students to acquire their own set to use outside of class times. We recommend Blick’s Student Wood Chisel Set as well as a Flexcut SlipStrop to keep them sharp.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

Bookbinding Workshop: Simple Self-Publishing

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!

Please note:
Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our 
Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies

Risography 101 (11/7/21)

The Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like prints in a variety of saturated colors. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will walk students through the fundamentals of risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn the best design techniques for risograph printing, taking into consideration: ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with an individually designed two-layer print.

Students will receive risography authorization and are encouraged to use Open Studio shortly after taking the workshop in order to help solidify their understanding of the machine.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 4 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

Papermaking Labs (11/14/21)

Papermaking is an artform all on its own and can also be a beautiful extension of bookmaking, printmaking, drawing and more. Our Papermaking Labs are monthly workshops that welcome both beginning and experienced paper makers. Regardless of prior experience, this workshop aims to build confidence and comfort using Spudnik’s papermaking facilities. Enroll in a single session for a well-rounded introduction to the art form. Return for additional sessions to continue building papermaking skills and ultimately gain authorization to make paper through our Open Studio sessions.

For those new to the process, every papermaking lab begins with an overview of fibers, tools, papermaking processes and demonstrations on how to pull sheets of paper using a mould and deckle. Based on the interests of participants, the basics will be expanded on through dying pulp, pulp painting, and integrating “inclusions” such as print fragments, organic materials, or string into the paper. Through these projects, participants will learn about the science of papermaking and how to select and use various plant fibers. For these session unlimited cotton and abaca is provided.

In addition to surveying a range of papermaking skills, participants will be able to work on a self-directed project with guidance and support from a papermaking expert. By the end of the session, everyone will make a stack of their own handmade paper and practice setting up and tear down their own vat. This is a wet process, so dress appropriately.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 people to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (11/21/21)

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or tote bags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students should come to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design.While .AI or .PSD files are great, we also welcome students to bring anything text typed through Microsoft Word or photocopied. After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, students will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! Shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets will all work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 4 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions.The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

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.