Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 29 years…

It’s time to get creative and sign up for SUMMER 2019 printmaking courses! To kick it off, the hugely popular Printmaking Basics Class starts this Monday, covering not one but THREE mediums: Screen, Relief and Monotype. Lithography, Etching and an 8-week screen printing class begins soon thereafter. If you’re from out of town (or within), the week-long Etching/Relief BOOTCAMP is the perfect way to enjoy the city while making boatloads of beautiful prints. Check out the NEW, one-day dye workshop being taught by  visiting artist Cassie Tompkins. 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
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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, June 3—July 8, 2019
    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.

  • Traditional Stone Lithography

    with Melody Vaughan

    Wednesdays, June 12—August 14, 2019
    10 weeks, 6:30—9:30pm

    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. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, June 13—August 22, 2019
    10 weeks, 6:30—9:30pm
    *NO CLASS JULY 4th*

    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, June 16—August 4, 2019
    8 weeks, 4—7pm

    Cost: $300


    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.

  • Etching and Relief Printmaking Bootcamp Intensive

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Monday – Friday, July 8—12, 2019
    5 days, 9:30am—3:30pm daily

    Cost: $550


    (Includes a complimentary work session on Saturday, July 13 from 12—5pm!)


    Want to dedicate some time to your art? Set aside a week in July and sign up for this 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! Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Relief Printmaking

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, July 15—August 5, 2019
    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.

  • Photolithography

    with Master Printer Chris Flynn

    Sundays, July 21—August 18, 2019
    5 weeks, 10am—1pm

    Cost: $250


    In this 5-week Photo-Lithography workshop, artists will print imagery from light-sensitive aluminum plates; similar to those used in the offset industry, but printed on etching and stone litho presses. Plates are made by exposure to light through drawings on translucent mylar, inkjet transparencies and opaque stencils. Students will also learn ways to experiment with montage-like combinations of various image-making methods, layering multiple colors and monoprint-litho-hybrids. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.

  • Dyeing to Print

    with Cassie Tompkins, Visiting Artist and Co-Curator of SOFT, our summer exhibition of print and textile work

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019
    1 day, 10am—3:30pm (with a 1/2 hour lunch break)

    Cost: $135 (everything included!)


    In this one-day, five-hour course, participants will learn how to make monoprints on fabric. Techniques covered include dyeing cotton fabric and stencil screenprinting with dye and ink. This experimental course encourages students to embrace play and experimentation. Work with artist and instructor Cassie Tompkins to develop your design, then screenprint with dye and/or inks onto a panel of cotton fabric. Screenprinting experience preferred.

  • 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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