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
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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

  • 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.

  • Etching and Relief Printmaking Bootcamp Intensive

    with Duffy O’Connor

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

  • 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, 10 am—3:30 pm (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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