Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 27 years…

Welcome to SPRING SHORTS, a series of Spring 2017 classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative that features new workshops, shortened classes, and 3 visiting artists. Your chance to try something DIFFERENT! Regular 10 week courses will begin again in June.

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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Mixing It Up: Silkscreened Sugar Lift on Etching Plate, Gyotaku, Monoprint and Laser-cut Relief

    Alternative techniques workshop with Italian Visiting Artist Nicola Villa

    1 evening, 5:30 – 9:30pm
    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Cost: $75


    Part demonstration, part hands-on printing, Visiting Artist Nicola Villa will show us how he combines the most unlikely of printmaking mediums to produce his beautiful images. Come watch prints pulled from a gum-cast substrate of a real fish (gyotaku), a laser cut relief image, and a sugar lift applied to an etching plate through a silkscreen to create photo-like resists and positives. A total printmaking mashup! Participants will help print and add their own monotype touches to these images. At the end of class students will take home some cool prints and a huge amount of inspiration. Both beginners and veteran printmakers welcome. Experienced printmakers will be enlightened and newbies will want to learn more. Bring a notebook and pencil for taking notes. All materials provided, but if you have some nice Japanese paper you want print on, bring it along!

  • Social Practice in Printmaking

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, April 17- May 8, 2017
    4 weeks, 6 – 9pm
    Cost: $190



    Looking at historical prints this class will discuss how printmaking has found its power in social movements. From Goya to Shepard Fairey, prints have served the people as a powerful and democratic medium. Inspired by these images we will create our own relief and silk screen prints that investigate our current social situations.

  • Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, April 6 – May 11, 2017
    6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30pm
    Cost: $280


    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.

  • Monoprint w/ Water Media – Flora and Fauna

    with Kim Laurel

    Wednesdays, April 12 & 19, 2017
    2 weeks, 6pm – 9pm
    Cost: $110


    This fun two week workshop will give students an overview of techniques used in monoprinting with water based media onto paper. The class will feature flora and fauna demo imagery and discussion. Note: all creative themes are welcome for students to pursue in this class. Different kinds of plate substrates will be used including DuraLar film and gelatin plates. "Non toxic" water-based paints and inks will be utilized. Clear instruction will introduce beginners to these printmaking mediums; students with previous experience are encouraged to develop ideas and mix techniques. Some basic supplies are required. Supply list provided upon registration.

  • Weekend Relief Poster Workshop

    with Duffy O’Connor

    2 days, 10am – 1pm
    Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 2017
    Cost: $100 + $30 materials fee = $130 total
    all materials included!



    Learn to make a single-sheet linoleum cut poster in this Springtime 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!

  • Mokulito Workshop

    with Visiting Artist Jeff Sippel

    2 days, 10am – 4pm
    Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017
    Cost: $200



    Printmaking does not have to be complicated. Without the use of acids or solvents, the Mokulito process is ideal for beginners and printmakers from all backgrounds.  MOKULITO  (moku/wood – lito/lithography) is an alternative printmaking process based on the principles of Lithography using a plywood matrix and allows the artist to make up to 25 prints. A variety of inks common to other processes can be used and Mokulito impressions are printed using an etching press which make etching presses much more versatile. Participants will use ink, acrylic paint, sharpie paint markers, acrylic spray paint and toner crayons to work on small plywood plates for printing small editions on all types of paper.  Relief applications are also often used in combination with drawing materials.

  • Bookbinding Basics

    with Visiting Artist Amy Leners

    Sundays, May 7 – May 21, 2017
    3 weeks, 10am-1pm
    Cost: $150 + $20 material fee = $170 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.

  • Monoprint w/ Oil Media – Animals of Interest

    with Kim Laurel

    Wednesdays, May 10 & 17, 2017
    2 weeks, 6 – 9pm
    Cost: $110


    A creative 2 week workshop that will give students an overview of techniques used in traditional monoprinting with and without a press onto paper. Our general focus will be on "animals of interest" and the environment in class demonstrations. Note: all creative themes are welcome for students to pursue in this class. Different kinds of plate substrates will be used including metal and plexiglass. Oil-based inks will be utilized. Clear instruction will introduce beginners to these printmaking mediums; students with previous experience are encouraged to develop ideas and mix techniques. Some basic supplies are required. Supply list provided upon registration.

  • SCREENPRINTING – coming June 2017

    with Megan Sterling


    Sundays, 4-7pm
    10 weeks


    Stay tuned!


    This class provides in-depth instruction for screen printing specifically on paper. Learn how to successfully mix ink colors, work with multi-layered designs, and tips for precise registration. Graphic design, typography, and examples of visual layouts will be shown and discussed. Students will learn how to best prepare positives. All skill levels.

  • Etching and Relief Printmaking Bootcamp Intensive

    With Duffy O’Connor

    5 days, Monday – Friday, July 10 – 14th, 2017
    9:30am – 3:30pm daily
    (includes 1 complimentary work session on Saturday, July 15th 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 some art, and enjoy Chicago’s favorite season. Led by Duffy O'Connor, longtime CPC instructor.

  • 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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