Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for 30 years… Yes, the CPC turns 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 printmaking courses. To kick off the season, our hugely popular Multi-Level Screenprinting Class starts Sunday, September 15, followed by the Printmaking Basics Class that covers not one but THREE mediums: Screen, Relief and Monotype. Stone Lithography and Etching classes begin soon thereafter, along with Relief and a few fun, short-term workshops like Paper Litho and Holiday Screenprinting. 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

  • Multi-Level Screenprinting

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, September 15—November 3, 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.

  • Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype

    with Matt Bodett

    Mondays, September 16—October 21, 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 Lithography

    with Eric Wilson

    Tuesdays, September 17—November 19, 2019
    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, September 19—November 21, 2019
    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.

  • Paper Litho Workshop

    with Melody Vaughan

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019
    One day, 9am-1pm
    Cost: $75


    You’ve probably printed images off of copper plates, you may have even printed off of an aluminum plates, but have you ever tried printing off of a paper plate? Introducing Paper Litho! Your favorite images and drawings will be transferred from paper to paper in this one day, four hour workshop. We’ll learn how to format images, make plates, and print interesting monotypes. Basic materials will be provided; students will be required to bring paper to print on. More details provided prior to the workshop.

  • Relief Printmaking

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Mondays, October 28—November 18, 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.

  • Holiday Screenprinting Workshop

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, December 8 & 15, 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.

  • 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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