Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Character Creation

This August,  Drink & Draw explores puppets! First we’ll develop characters for our puppets through a rapid fire doodle event. Then, we’ll bring these character designs to life as paper puppets.

Guest Artist: Logan Kruidenier

Logan Kruidenier has led various “Doodle Jams” throughout the city inspired by his daily practice of making quick drawings on post-it notes. This practice has become an essential part of his day and brings fresh ideas and new compositions to his art.

Every story needs a compelling character. Doodle your cast of puppets into creation through a rapid set of prompt-driven drawing exercises designed to help you get free and wacky with your ideas as you think about interesting personality traits, back stories, physical features, and how these might manifest as striking silhouettes. Join us with your beverage of choice  for a fun mid-week break in your routine. And if your doodles are begging to be brought to life, come back for part two on August 18th!

Suggested Materials:

  • Post-it notes or loose pieces of paper
  • Drawing tools like pencils, pens or sharpies

Zoom Meeting ID: 84382223670


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome. Each event features a guest artist and a project that uses minimal supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

$15 Suggested Donation: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Paper Cut Arts

This July, our Drink & Draw projects dedicated to all the leftover fragments, or “chads”. First, we’ll put to use all the excess bits and pieces from other projects. Then, we’ll replenish our paper remnants by trying out the art of papercutting.

Guest Artist: Yang Pulongbarit-Cuevo

The art of paper cutting has been practiced around the globe for over a thousand years, from the Philippines to Mexico to Switzerland. The art form is recognized for its intricate designs and illustrations cut from a single sheet of paper.

Yang Pulongbarit-Cuevo has been cutting paper for many years and is best known for her intricate maps and personalized text-based designs. Yang will share some of her favorite projects in order to help us design our own image using only the positive and negative space of a single sheet of paper. 

We will practice some basic knife skills with an introductory project. Then everyone will move on to create a greeting card, an ornament, or a mini poster. After getting comfortable with the process, Yang will demonstrate a variety of ways to build images with multiple layers, mount your creation, and use a background color to give your design some attitude.

For the printmakers in our midst, these hand cut artworks can double as a stencil for screen printing, pressure printing, and risography!

Suggested Materials:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Sturdy paper* (multiple colors preferred)
  • Cutting mat (or other board you can cut on)
  • x-acto knife
  • Tape, preferably double sided foam tape
  • board or thick paper for mounting onto (old prints can work great!)

*Standard or thin paper will work better than heavy paper like bristol board.

Optional Materials:

  • Glue or modge podge (if tape not available)
  • Blank greeting card
  • Twine or string to make an ornament

Zoom Meeting ID: 97834430647


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome. Each event features a guest artist and a project that uses minimal supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

$15 Suggested Donation: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

WaterBodies | Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

WaterBodies features immersive relief prints by Amanda Lilleston and Lisa Matthias

WaterBodies invites viewers to consider the relationships within and between humans and the natural world. With a focus on biological forms, these larger-than-life prints embrace a sense of wonder and appreciation for anatomy and ecology. They urge us to seek out unity and harmony with the biological environment that we are unmistakably a part of.

Please join us for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by artist talks and a conversation between these two artists.

Read the Exhibition Statement

Open the Zoom Meeting (Zoom Meeting ID: 99431014208)


Visit the Exhibition:

WaterBodies will be on view through August 30, 2021 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Visitors can make an appointment by emailing info@spudnikpress.org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party. We are typically able to accommodate visits between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and occasional weeknights.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Salvaging Scraps

This July, our Drink & Draw projects dedicated to all the leftover fragments, or “chads”. First, we’ll put to use all the excess bits and pieces from other projects. Then, we’ll replenish our paper remnants by trying out the art of papercutting.

Guest Artist: Mara Baker

Save your scraps for a night of collage with our Resident Artist, Mara Baker! Mara’s artistic practice explores the intersection of impermanence and regeneration. By reusing remnants from other projects, she gives new life to discarded bits and pieces like yarn, labels, twist ties, and packaging like mesh produce bags.

Inspired by stop-motion animation, we will explore intuitive ways to make (and remake) collages. By documenting collages as they develop, we will be able to think about collaging as a form of choreography and organization. 

For this workshop, no scrap is too small or strange. Gather up materials from the studio, the kitchen, the office, and even past Drink & Draw events and come ready for playful experimentation. 

Suggested Materials:

  • Glue, glue stick, or tape 
  • Paper scraps
  • Found bits & pieces (i.e. produce stickers, stamps, packaging, tin foil, etc.)
  • Camera (i.e. cell phone)

Optional Materials:

  • Scissors or exacto knife
  • Paper to mount collage onto

Zoom Meeting ID: 93223199392


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome. Each event features a guest artist and a project that uses minimal supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

$15 Suggested Donation: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Virtual Workshop: Painting with Pulp

Pulp Painting is an emerging specialty that attracts visual artists’ attention. Artists, printmakers, painters, book artists, installation artists, and people who love to make creative work will enjoy this one-day workshop. In this workshop, students will learn how to freely made paintings with dyed pulp. Yasaman Moussavi will demonstrate making pulp out of scrap paper, dyeing pulps, and creating color sheets.

Yasaman Moussavi is a visual artist and art instructor. She holds an MFA with two emphases on Painting and Printmaking from Texas Tech University, where she explored and developed her skills in papermaking, printmaking, and installation art. In her art practice research, she explores the socio-cultural in-betweenness as a capacity and disposition to participate in meaning-making across cultures and languages. For her, transitional spaces are the performative embodiment of spatial mapping and in-betweenness.  Her works have been displayed in many national and international solo and group exhibitions such as Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Irving Art Center, TX and A.I.R Gallery Biennial, Brooklyn, NY, among others. She is a co-founder of Didaar Art Collective, a Chicago -based Iranian art community. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

Email CPG for the event link

This free virtual workshop is presented by the Chicago Printers Guild (CPG) with support from Spudnik. The CPG supports and fosters the work of printers of all backgrounds with opportunities to share knowledge, information and ideas among printers and the printing community; strives to bring awareness of printmaking taking place in Chicago and beyond to the community at large


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us | Artist Led Gallery Hours

Please join us for artist-led gallery hours for The Hunger Will Wake Us: Hope Wang & Farnaz Khosh-Sirat.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation.

Hope Wang uses printmaking, handweaving, painting, and photography to reimagine spatial association and visual perception. Wang references the architectural landscape as a malleable document of visual language where building facades become eroded, redacted, and defaced. Farnaz Khosh-Sirat is an Iranian light artist whose work employs digital tools to enhance human experiences of the sublime. Through the use of Persian architectural structures and patterns, Khosh-Sirat personifies human fragility in the contrasting positions between man and nature.

By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.

Reservations are not required. The studio can accommodate up to 12 visitors at a time. If we are at capacity, you may be asked to wait a few minutes before entering. Masks and social distancing between households is required. Please review all Covid-19 Policies & Procedures before you visit.


Additional Gallery Hours:

The Hunger Will Wake Us will be on view May 21 through July 2, 2021 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Visitors can make an appointment by emailing info@spudnikpress.org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party. We are typically able to accommodate visits between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and occasional weeknights.

Image Credit:
(Left) Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Leyl (detail), screen print on steel, 2021
(Right) Hope Wang, the night croaked with the ache of cicadas (detail), paper collage, 2021


This event is for everyone! If you require any access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us: Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

The Hunger Will Wake Us is the newest show by Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat. Join them for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by an artist talk in conversation with Anders Zanichkowsky.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Wang and Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation. By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.

Zoom Meeting ID: 9199 0613 028


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] Architecture: Abstract Schematics

This May, we’re dedicating our Drink & Draw series to architectural space! Join us for one or both sessions to explore perspective, geometry, scale, maps, schematics, and try out unconventional ways of rendering spaces, both real and imagined.

Guest Artist: Kelly Kaczynski

Join guest artist Kelly Kaczynski for a reverse journey of mapping space. Rather than describing an existing physical environment or architecture, she will start with abstraction to picture alternative forms of constructing space. Working backwards, we will start by drawing “accidental schematics” using geometry, chance, and intuition for something that may or may not correspond to a logical reality.

We’ll ask, “What if this was a plan for a building? A city? A safe passage across the ocean?” Then with a second drawing, we’ll translate the abstractions into a map or plan for a physical space. We will layer the drawings and explore their points of correspondence.

Suggested Materials:

  • Drawing materials (pens, pencils, markers, ink and quill)
  • Charcoal or crayons for rubbings
  • Paper to draw on
  • Paper for folding into shapes
  • Toothpicks, string, or chopsticks, coins or buttons, handkerchief or napkin, string 

Optional Materials:

  • Scissors, X-acto tool, or tear bar
  • Glue

Zoom Meeting ID: 9836 6020 342


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 guest artist and a theme or project that uses everyday household supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Suggested Donation $15: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website. Kelly is donating her portion of tips to the studio, so 100% of your donation will directly support Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Image Credit: From the series Stages (iterate), 2017-2018, monoprint, 11″x15″


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

“Ask Me Anything” with Margo McFarland, Art Conservator

Unlike the typical lecture, this event is inspired by the “Ask Me Anything” threads popularized through Reddit and offers a chance for our members to guide the conversation with Margo McFarland, an art conservator who specializes in the conservation and preservation of works of art on paper and the material science of art objects.

Over the course of her career, Margo has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, The LA County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institutions. She spent six months in Buenos Aires as an awardee of a Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship in the area of Cultural Preservation/Museology. Margo is a specialist in cellulosic chemistry, papermaking, fine art print production, and preservation standards for works of art on paper. She has lectured widely in these areas of expertise, in countries as far-reaching as Mexico, Spain, China, France, and Austria.

During this presentation, Margo will discuss works that she has treated (including those by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Martin Puryear, and Ed Paschke).  She will also show examples of her own print production–both her successes and her failures. 

After hearing stories from Margo’s experiences conserving print over the years, we will discuss how and why media, technique, and choosing the right paper matters when it comes to pulling perfect prints. The second portion of the event will be led by audience questions. Spudnik’s founder, Angee Lennard, will moderate a Q&A where guests are encouraged to share their questions, big and small, about inks, additives, adhesives, storage, paper fibers, and more.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] Architecture: Rooms from Memory

This May, we’re dedicating our Drink & Draw series to architectural space! Join us for one or both sessions to explore perspective, geometry, scale, maps, schematics, and try out unconventional ways of rendering spaces, both real and imagined.

Guest Artist: Ann Toebbe

Join artist Ann Toebbe to see how she creates her signature drawings and paintings. Partly an exercise in drafting, and partly a reflection of your own memory, you will create a domestic interior of a familiar, beloved, or important room. These architectural renderings do not require any formal drawing skills; all forms of representation are welcome for these invented spaces informed by your memories! Even the gaps in what you remember can be a source of inspiration for creating an invented space whose walls, windows, furniture, and doors can bend and shift to accommodate the important objects you want your room to hold.

Suggested Materials

  • Pencil, eraser, and paper for sketching
  • One larger sheet of paper (up to 16” x 20”)
  • Black pens or fine markers
  • Colorful markers, pencils, crayons, or watercolors

Zoom Meeting ID: 9508 6321 741


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 guest artist and a theme or project that uses everyday household supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Suggested Donation $15: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Image Credit: Colored pencil drawing by Ann Toebbe