Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for 30 years… Yes, the CPC turned 30 in September!!! Just think of the thousands of students who have learned printy things under the CPC roof from our top-notch teachers, and now you can join their ranks by signing up for FALL 2019 and WINTER 2020 printmaking courses. To kick off the winter session, our hugely popular Printmaking Basics Class starts Monday, January 13, 2020, which covers not one but THREE mediums: Screen, Relief and Monotype. Stone Lithography and Etching classes begin soon thereafter, along with Screenprinting, Relief and a few fun, short-term workshops like Photopolymer Gravure. On Dec 1 and 15, there are still a few spots left in the  Holiday Screenprinting Workshop. Or, CPC also offers private or semi private courses tailored to whatever you want to learn!

Our classes fill quickly so sign up early and often!

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
(mailed check, cash, or Visa/Mastercard by phone)

Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Holiday Screenprinting Workshop

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, December 1st and 15th, 2019
    2 weeks, 4-7pm

    Cost: $120


    In this quick and fun 2-week workshop, students get to frolic with the silkscreen process and walk away with their own hand-printed holiday cards or a 1-2 color printed design that can create wonderful and unique holiday gifts. Screens, squeegees and other basic supplies will be provided; students just need to bring their blank cards or paper they want to print on and ink color of choice. Details will be provided prior to the start of class.

  • Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, January 13 – February 17, 2020
    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. Material list provided prior to first class.

  • Stone Lithography

    with Melody Vaughan

    Tuesdays, January 14 – March 17, 2020
    10 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30pm

    Cost: $375
    (includes 2 work sessions for drawing or graining)


    In this class, students will learn the processes and techniques of drawing on and printing from stones. CPC is one of the few places in Chicago where students have access to traditional lithographic limestones and is an exceptional studio to learn the lithography process. In this ten-week course, students will learn how to translate their images to stones and print editions of lithographs. Through demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, students will learn how to use traditional and alternative drawing materials, etch their drawings, and use the printing press. Intermediate students can learn methods like aluminum or polymer plates, and color printing. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, January 16 – March 16, 2020
    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. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Multi-Level Screenprinting

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, January 19 – March 22, 2020
    10 weeks, 4 – 7pm

    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. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Relief Printmaking

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, February 24 – March 16, 2020
    4 weeks, 6 – 9pm

    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. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Photopolymer Gravure Workshop

    with Master Printer Chris Flynn

    Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, 2020
    2 days, 10am – 3:30pm (30 minute lunch break, bring some food!)

    Cost: $185


    Artists in this 2-day workshop will create intaglio prints using photo-polymer plates. This material, also used for letterpress and relief printing, can capture every nuance of a continuous tone photograph, as well as direct drawing on transparent media. Using digital or hand-made positives in combination with an aquatint screen, artists can easily simulate the look and feel of classic copperplate photogravure, montage, a variety of drawing techniques, or experiment with new directions. All levels of experience are welcomed.

  • 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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