Introductory classes available
Everything you need to get started with silk screen, relief, and monotype. This class offers an introduction to the world of printing at the CPC.
Screen printing in style
Get in on the action! With top notch teachers screen printing at the CPC has never been better. Learn the basics, or hone your technique, these classes are for all levels!
Get inky at your own pace
Private classes and work sessions allow you to come into the CPC for projects of your choosing. Find out more below.
In conjunction with many exhibitions, the CPC offers smaller demonstrations on related printing techniques. Check out our exhibition schedule for more details.
Come use our bath!
Traditional intaglio processes, which include etching baths, rosin boxes, and mezzotint rockers are a foundation in printmaking techniques taught at the CPC.
Over 60 limestones to choose from!
Stone lithography is a hot item at the CPC, and with so many stones work with the possibilities are endless.
Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 29 years…
There’s still time to sign up for a few 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. Engage in a Monotype workshop with Visiting Artist Sarah Smelser (only one spot left due to her viral fandom) or take the mini version of Megan Sterling’s screen printing course that starts next week. Director Deb is offering an afternoon demo class for those who just want to be entertained with live action lithography and etching (Printmaking for Collectors and Enthusiasts). Or, CPC also offers private or semi private courses tailored to whatever you want to learn!
We’ve also started to post our Summer Classes! Sign up early as we continue to add to our great printy offerings.
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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
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. A supply list will be provided on the first day of class. Material list provided two weeks prior to first class.
Traditional Stone Lithography
with Melody Vaughan
Wednesdays, June 12—August 14, 2019
10 weeks, 6:30—9:30pm
(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.
with Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, June 13—August 22, 2019
10 weeks, 6:30—9:30pm
*NO CLASS JULY 4th*
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.
with Megan Sterling
Sundays, June 16—August 4, 2019
8 weeks, 4—7pm
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
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.
with Matt Bodett
Mondays, July 15—August 5, 2019
4 weeks, 6—9pm
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.
with Master Printer Chris Flynn
Sundays, July 21—August 18, 2019
5 weeks, 10am—1pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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