Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for 28 years…

CPC’s FALL 2017 courses are well underway. Stay tuned for the Winter 2018 class schedule which will be up soon. In mid January the CPC will again offer courses in Screen printing, Lithography, Etching, Relief and more. In the meantime, consider a private or semi private course tailored to whatever you want to learn!

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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Multi-Level Screenprinting

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, September 10 – November 19, 2017
    10 weeks, 4 – 7pm

    *no class on Sunday October 15

    Cost: $350


    This course engages color in an immediate way with this overview of the screen printing process. Photo processes will be covered, as well as all you need to know about ink preparation, registration and pulling awesome prints. Appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.

  • Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype

    with Amy Leners

    Mondays, September 11 – October 16, 2017
    6 weeks, 6 – 9pm

    Cost: $270


    Get creative while learning the basics of three unique printmaking processes: screenprinting, relief, and monoprinting. Fundamental techniques will be covered, including carving and printing linoleum blocks, exposing images to screens, printing with oil and water-based inks, and color mixing. Prints will be created both by hand and with a press. We will also explore mashing up these different techniques to create wonderfully textured, layered images. Open to all, this is a great course for anyone interested in making beautiful prints by hand. Some basic supplies will be required, but much of what you need will be provided by CPC. A supply list will be provided on the first day of class.

  • Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, September 14 – November 16, 2017
    10 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30pm
    Cost: $350


    This hugely popular course in traditional intaglio printmaking is back! Etching techniques of line, aquatint and soft ground using zinc or copper plates will be covered. Direct intaglio techniques such as drypoint and engraving will also be addressed. The instruction will be flexible to accommodate beginners as well as experienced printmakers who would like to refresh their etching and printing skills. Students will explore black and white as well as color imagery.

  • Bookbinding Basics

    with Visiting Artist Amy Leners

    Saturday & Sunday October 7 & 8, 2017
    2 days, 10am-1:30pm    (3 hour class + 30 minute lunch break)
    Cost: $115 + $15 material fee = $130 total


    This entry level bookbinding class will cover the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding. Students will learn to use the tools of the trade to construct books using various sewn, adhesive, and folding techniques.  No previous bookbinding experience required. All materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring in decorative papers, prints, or any other material you wish to incorporate into your books. Structures to be covered: Folded single-sheet, accordion, pamphlet, double pamphlet, dos-a-dos, drum leaf, and coptic.

  • Relief printmaking

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Mondays, October 23 – November 13, 2017
    4 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
    Cost: $190

    This class is currently FULL. Please call 773-293-2070 to be placed on the waitlist.

    Using hand tools, students will learn to produce linoleum and woodcut prints, printing by hand and with a press.  Clear instruction and introductory exercises will guide beginners in learning this medium; students with previous experience will be challenged to develop ideas and engage in more advanced techniques such as multiple-block color and reduction printing.

  • Private and semi-private classes

    The CPC continues to offer private classes in all mediums. Fees are $150 for a 3-hour session one-on-one with a professional instructor.

    Possible areas of study include: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (Stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, Monoprint, and Letterpress.


    Are you interested in taking a printmaking class but can't fit it into your schedule? Maybe you have something specific in mind for a project you want to do, or you want to learn a process that's not covered this session. If so, you can arrange to take a private class. Private classes provide very flexible scheduling and one-on-one contact with the instructor so you can learn exactly what you want and need.

  • Worksessions

    If you have a basic understanding of printmaking and you don’t need ‘how-to’ instruction, you can sign up to print at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative for three consecutive hours between 12:00 and 5:00 PM on Fridays or Saturdays. The cost per worksession is $40. Someone will be there to help you find what you need, but other than that, you’re on your own!

    Reservations are necessary so please call ahead, 773 293 2070.


    Worksessions are perfect for students who need to get a little more shop time in!

For further information please email us at info@chicagoprintmakers.com or call 773-293-2070. To register for classes with a check, please send us your name, address, tel # and email and mail it to the CPC along with your check payment made out to Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. For all other payment, please use the paypal link to purchase online, use VISA or MASTERCARD over the phone, or stop by the CPC on Friday or Saturday afternoons between 12 and 5 (or by appointment). NOTE: If you use the Paypal option, please email the CPC with your tel number, as Paypal does not collect this info and we need to be able to reach you!

Payment in full is required at registration, before the start of all group classes.

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS: Tuition is refundable for group classes, minus a processing fee of $50 for each class dropped, ONLY if the CPC is notified at least one week prior to the session start date. Students may opt to receive full studio credit in lieu of a refund. Students are responsible for notifying the CPC that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no credit or refund will be given, except for documented medical reasons with physicians note. The CPC does not offer make up classes. However, if a student must miss a class due to illness or extreme weather, CPC will offer a complimentary work session once class is completed and student is confident with their skills.

Classes are cancelled when enrollment minimums are not reached. This may occur two to three days before the start date of a course. Classes are very rarely cancelled at the CPC, but if a cancellation does occur, the student will receive a full refund.

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