Posts Categorized: Multi-Week Class

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.

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.

Techniques in Monoprinting

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that favors organic, gestural, textural, and ephemeral marks and imagery. This process is incredibly immediate, playful, and a multi-faceted type of printmaking, and therefore well suited to first time printers and artists who typically work with paint, mixed media, and sculpture. These prints usually begin from a sheet of plexiglass as the foundation. Through working additively and reductively with ink, crayons, water or solvents, and stencils, students can capture a large range of aesthetics from subtle tonality to gritty textures to minimal formal forms.

Throughout the class, students will develop new ways to build images while learning about the properties of ink, paper, pressure, and how they interact to create a broad range of aesthetic possibilities. Printing techniques will include collage, multiple plate printing, trace, stencil, ghost, additive, and reductive. Students will make many prints to learn and test these processes before moving on to a project that combines various methods and showcases a personal style or vision.

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.

Etching & Intaglio Printmaking

Intaglio printmaking is a family of printing techniques developed (in part) by goldsmiths as a way to decorate armor, musical instruments and religious objects. These days, artists use a fine point needle to draw through a thin protective ground to expose copper. With the help of a chemical bath, marks and images are etched into the metal with a remarkable amount of detail.

Artists can also work more spontaneously by scratching gestures and images directly onto plates, transferring textures, or painting directly onto plates with resists and mordents. This highly versatile art form can produce a huge range of aesthetics.

Beginning with basic line etching, students will practice traditional plate making and printing. Through chine collé, aquatint, dry point, soft ground, and experimentation, student will add tonality, color, and varied marks to their images. No prior printing experience is needed, and students who do have intaglio experience can revisit the foundational skills with a more nuanced understanding of the process, and move on to independent 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, including three copper plates ($26 value). The basic tools (etching needle, scraper and burnisher) are available to use during class, but students may wish to acquire their own so that they can work outside of class.

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.

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.

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.

Screenprinting Explorations

Most people love a screenprint whether they know it or not. Known for its bold graphics and versatility, screenprints are a staple for many famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Shepard Fairey. Screenprinting is relatively easy to learn, yet has many facets for further exploration and mastery.

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 become familiar with dark room exposure, mesh count, screen tension, ink consistency, and registration.

In addition to developing A+ printing skills, this class will teach students how to build their imagery to best translate into the printed medium. 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.

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.

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.