Posts Categorized: Evening

Screenprinting Explorations (Oct 2017)

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.

Bookbinding (Oct 2017)

Bookbinding is an art form that combines fine craftsmanship with a basic set of techniques, tools and materials. Once foundational skills are mastered, bookbinders can add creativity, content, and design to create unlimited variations of handmade books. In this class, students will create their own books from scratch, and will even be able to design their own paste paper covers and endpapers! Students will learn pamphlet, “perfect”, coptic, and stab bindings, as well as modifications of these traditional binding styles.

Projects will focus on creativity, design, and craftsmanship with the goal that students are able to experiment with variations and incorporating content within the book through writing, simple printing tricks, and customizing paper for covers, inserts, or end-paper. Students will leave with a small library of hand-bound books to fill or use as templates to make even more books.

Risography 101 (Oct 2017)

A Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. 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 how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Letterpress II: Polymer

This class will allow students to continue to build broad letterpress printing skills while added polymer platemaking to their repertoire. Polymer plates allow artists to print illustrations, digital type, and even photographs, and if desired, can be combined with traditional typesetting. The class will cover all aspects of printing with polymer plates, including design, pre-press, printing films in-house with our Epson 4800 printer, hand developing plates, and printing. This class will also investigate multi-color registration, double-sided printing, basic press maintenance and other skills that arise based on each student’s projects. Students will graduate from the class having versatile knowledge of letterpress printing, and the ability to seamlessly move between lead and polymer printing.

Risography 101 (Nov 2017)

A Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. 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 how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

DIY Screenrprinted Tea Towels (Dec 2017)

Take advantage of this fun opportunity to make a snazzy set of tea towels featuring any image you choose! Bring your own design, hand lettering or illustration to Spudnik Press Cooperative. Spend an afternoon learning the basics of screenprinting on fabric. Leave with a set of kitchen towels to gift or keep for your self!

This hands-on workshop encourages each student to customize their project with the option to choose the best size, color, and placement for their image. The best part of printmaking is the option to make multiples, so we are providing each student five fresh tea towels to experiment with. We welcome brand new printmakers as well as those who have some experience and would like to learn more.

Bold line drawings, silhouettes, geometric shapes, monograms or hand lettering all are great starting points for designs.