Introductory classes available
Everything you need to get started with silk screen, relief, and monotype. This class offers an introduction to the world of printing at the CPC.
Screen printing in style
Get in on the action! With top notch teachers screen printing at the CPC has never been better. Learn the basics, or hone your technique, these classes are for all levels!
Get inky at your own pace
Private classes and work sessions allow you to come into the CPC for projects of your choosing. Find out more below.
In conjunction with many exhibitions, the CPC offers smaller demonstrations on related printing techniques. Check out our exhibition schedule for more details.
Come use our bath!
Traditional intaglio processes, which include etching baths, rosin boxes, and mezzotint rockers are a foundation in printmaking techniques taught at the CPC.
Over 60 limestones to choose from!
Stone lithography is a hot item at the CPC, and with so many stones work with the possibilities are endless.
Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 27 years…
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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Weekend Relief Poster Workshop
with Duffy O’Connor
2 days, 10am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017
Cost: $120 + $30 materials fee = $150 total
all materials included!
Back by popular demand! The Spring class was so successful that we added an extra hour to each day and are pleased to offer an August class. Learn to make a single-sheet linoleum cut poster in this Summer weekend workshop! Join CPC instructor Duffy O'Connor for a crash course in planning, cutting and printing a single sheet poster that combines image and text. In a band? A play? Having a show? Come make a unique and editionable print to promote yourself!
with Megan Sterling
Sundays, September 10 – November 19, 2017
10 weeks, 4 – 7pm
*no class on Sunday October 15
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
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 Stone Lithography
with Brian Rush
Wednesdays, September 13 – November 15, 2017
10 weeks, 6 – 9pm
(includes 2 work sessions for drawing)
Limited to 8 students
This course will give students an overview of techniques used in contemporary lithographic printing from stone to paper. The CPC has a nice variety of lithographic limestones that students can draw on and print from, exploring positive and reductive black and white processes throughout the 10 weeks. Other topics covered will include a brief history of lithography, the relationship between printer and artist, and proper archiving of lithographic prints. Students who have previously worked in lithography can advance to intermediate techniques and color registration printing.
with Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, September 14 – November 16, 2017
10 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30pm
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.
with Visiting Artist Amy Leners
Saturday & Sunday October 8 & 9, 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.
with Duffy O’Connor
Mondays, October 23 – November 13, 2017
4 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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