Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

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

Announcing CPC’s SUMMER 2018 printmaking courses! Learn how to carve and print a ginormous woodcut with Visiting Artist Raeleen Kao. Jumpstart your creativity with a class in screen printing, relief, etching or lithography. Or, take a week off and make a boatload of prints in the week-long etching/relief BOOTCAMP! CPC also offers private or semi private courses tailored to whatever you want to learn!

Email or call us RIGHT AWAY to register for a class, or just use the Paypal buttons below. When you pay via PayPal, please send us an email with a good telephone number where you can be reached: classes@chicagoprintmakers.com.
If you email or leave us a message at 773-293-2070, please include your name, address, tel and method of preferred payment
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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Oversized Woodcut Intensive

    with Visiting Artist Raeleen Kao

    2 weeks, 10am – 2pm
    Sundays June 3 & 10, 2018


    Jumpstart your summer carving endeavors!

    Whether or not you’re preparing to participate in CPC’s upcoming Roller Derby
    Steamroller event in July, this two-day workshop will provide students with skills
    on how to approach creating large-scale images by utilizing mark-making specific to
    the woodcut medium. Participants will be given instruction on drawing, working
    with negative space, preparing the surface of the woodblock, and carving
    techniques. This workshop will also teach participants hand-printing techniques
    for proofing their large-scale prints without a press.

  • Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, June 4 – July 9, 2018
    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 Stone Lithography

    with Melody Vaughan

    Tuesdays, June 5 – August 7, 2018
    10 weeks, 6 – 9pm
    Cost: $375
    (includes 2 work sessions for drawing or graining)
    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.

  • Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, June 7 – August 9, 2018
    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.

  • Multi-Level Screenprinting

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, June 17 – August 5, 2018
    8 weeks, 4 – 7pm

    Cost: $280


    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.

  • Etching and Relief Printmaking Bootcamp Intensive

    With Duffy O’Connor

    5 days, Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13th, 2018
    9:30am – 3:30pm daily
    (includes 1 complimentary work session on Saturday, July 14th from 12-5pm)
    Cost: $550


    Want to dedicate some time to your art? Set aside a week in mid July and sign up for the CPC Summer Intensive! This year's bootcamp will allow students to explore traditional Intaglio printmaking and Relief printmaking in a five-day course. Choose etching, choose relief, or choose both. Beginners and seasoned printmakers are welcome! Also a great opportunity for out-of-towners to visit Chicago, make a boatload of art, and enjoy Chicago’s favorite season. You'll be in tiptop printy shape in no time!

  • Relief printmaking

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, July 16 – August 6, 2018
    4 weeks, 6:00-9:00pm
    Cost: $190


    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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