Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

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

Announcing CPC’s SPRING SHORTS 2019 printmaking courses! Offering up visiting artists, short workshops and printmaking teasers to celebrate the season of sidewalk cafes, flip-flops, and bare shoulders (ok, you may not wanna store that snowsuit just yet). Learn the ancient art of Japanese woodblock printing in a 2-day workshop with sought-after expert Mary Brodbeck, or engage in a Monotype workshop with Visiting Artist Sarah Smelser (whose class has already started to fill even before we announced it due to her viral fandom). Rock out in Duffy O’Connor’s Mezzotint class, or take the mini version of Megan Sterling’s screen printing course. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! Or, 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
(mailed check, cash, or Visa/Mastercard by phone)

Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • Relief printmaking

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, March 4 – March 25, 2019
    4 weeks, 6:00 – 9:00pm

    Cost: $190

    This class is currently FULL. Please call 773-293-2070 to be added to the waitlist.


    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.


    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursday nights, April 4 – May 9, 2019
    6 weeks, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

    Cost: $270


    Join Duffy O'Connor for a six-week course in the seductive intaglio technique of mezzotint. Learn to use the rocking tool, scraper and burnisher to produce beautiful, atmospheric prints!

    Commitment is required; all students must purchase their own mezzotint rocker. Students are encouraged to purchase one through Takach Press by clicking here.


    with Mary Brodbeck

    2 days, 9:30am – 4pm
    Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Cost: $305 (everything included!)

    Please bring your own sharp, well honed relief carving tools if you have them (we will provide them for those who don’t)


    Participants will learn the basics of Japanese woodblock printmaking (mokuhanga) in this 2-day workshop. At the onset we will make a two-color print from prepared blocks using; water-based pigments, kento registration, and pressing with a baren – all hallmarks of this Japanese woodblock printmaking process dating back to the 17th century. We will then move into designing, carving and printing our own designs with thorough demonstrations of each step along the way.

  • SCREENPRINTING: Posters and Tees

    with Megan Sterling

    2 weeks, 4pm – 7pm
    Sundays, May 5 & 12, 2019

    Cost: $120


    In this quick and fun 2-week workshop, students get to frolic with the silkscreen process and make a mini 1-2 color poster print or walk away with their own design printed on t-shirts. Screens, squeegees and other basic supplies will be provided. Students just need to bring their own t-shirts or paper they want to print on and ink color of choice. Details will be provided upon registration.


    with CPC Director Deborah Maris Lader

    1 day, 1pm – 4pm
    Friday, May 10, 2019

    Cost: $95


    Interested in seeing printmaking in action but don’t want to get your hands dirty? Lithography and Etching (Intaglio) are demystified with in-depth explanation and demonstration. A brief discussion of Relief and Screenprinting will also be covered. Perfect for print enthusiasts and collectors who would like a bit more information on how these beautiful images are created, and why artists are so enamored with ink. Examples of work from the CPC collection will enhance the experience.


    with Sarah Smelser

    2 days, 10am – 5pm
    Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Cost: $250


    Monotype is an exceptionally accessible and immediate medium that can accommodate the aesthetic of any artist. It can be a vehicle to work out ideas, generate a large body of finished works, or create the ingredients of a work to be compiled and combined with collage, painting or drawing.

    This workshop will introduce monotype as a painterly medium, a hard-edged, exacting medium, and a draftsperson's medium. Participating artists will work with brushes, stencils, and various drawing implements. We will print on the intaglio press and by hand, learn about color and ink modification, use stencils and ghost printing, explore trace monotype, and print on both Asian and Western paper.

    Participating artists are welcome to bring existing plates to generate monoprints and work spontaneously on Plexiglas. Beginners and experienced printmakers are welcome and are encouraged to bring source material and sketches to use as a springboard. Class schedule allows for demonstration, discussion, trouble-shooting and work time. There will be some basic materials and paper that students must bring, but CPC will provide inks, modifiers, and other shop supplies.

  • 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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