Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Laying A Scene

Guest Artist: Ethan Brown

No matter what kind of art you make, drawing is an important skill worthy of study, and rewarding in its own right. Ethan Brown will take us back to the basics for a night of casual observational drawing that will help you deepen your engagement with your familiar environment by intentionally slowing down your focus. Remember line, form, value…? Gesture drawings and continuous contours? These old chestnuts are still among your most trustworthy companions and they’d love to see you again, no matter how long it’s been; even if you’ve never formally met!

We’ll use homemade viewfinders and value scales as simple tools for planning our compositions. We’ll also talk about how formal elements affect the mood of a drawing, and how an implied or lost edge or even a single line can give information to your viewer, or inspire their imagination. Come rediscover your surroundings with us!

Suggested Materials

  • Plain drawing paper
  • Pencils, pens, charcoal, ink, markers

Zoom Meeting ID: 991 2763 7103


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Abstract Alternative Portraiture with Margot Harrington

Guest Artist: Margot Harrington

What do our emotions look like, as they live inside our bodies?
How can the techniques of abstract art help us express and explore our internal world?
What would a portrait of ourselves, our city, or our community look like if we rendered it entirely in shapes, colors, and gestural mark making?

To guide us in these questions, artist and designer Margot Harrington will lead us in an evening of alternative portraiture. No experience is necessary for this loose and improvisational approach to drawing that is not meant to be hyper-realistic. We will use fully sensorial prompts (including Margot’s very own Studio Arts ASMR soundtrack!) to explore how drawing creates a tactile, vibrational experience in the moment, and learn to inhabit our bodies and drawings in a more connected way. Working from the psychology of somatics, we will use drawing as an introspective tool for self-expression and build an abstract visual vocabulary for describing personal experiences, values, and desires.

Zoom Meeting ID: 924 7103 8045

Suggested Materials:

  • Colorful drawing materials that make a wide range of different marks (pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, pens, watercolors, etc.) and any kind of paper

Optional Materials:

  • Collage materials, cutting tools and glue
  • A tablet for digital drawings

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Blue Print: Annual Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

As much as we yearn to throw our cherished annual art party in person, our 2020 celebration will not be contained by the walls of our venue.

But we all know Spudnik is not just a building. We are a community. We are the place where artists build from. Despite closures we have continued that work, and we need your help to strengthen our plans for the future! 

So this year we’re inviting you to Blue Print: our very first virtual benefit where your support will be turned into new designs, fortifications, and visions–not just for the future of Spudnik, but for the many futures that artists are envisioning and building here.

Blue Print will honor collaboration as a foundational part of printmaking, the legacy of print to amplify voices, and the dedication of printmakers to create and disseminate their artwork in service of social justice and their personal truth. 

And for our collectors, our famous silent auction is moving to an entirely virtual platform, with online bids opening mid September. The auction will feature artwork across many mediums including prints published by Spudnik Press and a selection of Blue Print exclusive cyanotypes. For artwork donated by artists, up to 25% of each final bid will go directly to the artist.

As a vital support structure for printmakers, Spudnik has always been one of the most flexible and accessible in the country, with many doorways into our studios and many new projects using us as their foundation. Blue Print is just the beginning of how we will thrive in this new era through providing space for the visions of our community to thrive.

Host Committee:

Myron Beasly, Barry Blinderman, Holly & Zack Cahill, Jessica Cochran, Chris & Carrie Flynn, Aron Gent & Betsy O’Brien, KG, Adrienne Herman, Scott Hunter, Jaclyn Jacunski, Steve & Brian Reinke, and Edra Soto.

More details TBA.

Please email angee@spudnikpress.org if interested in sponsorship, joining the host committee, donating artwork, or contributing to our virtual event.