Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for 30 years… Yes, you heard that right. 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 our much-anticipated SPRING SHORTS series of printmaking courses. These are a bit “shorter” than our normal offerings, so you can try out new things or get teased back into the inky fray. NEW this year: ZINES!, POETRY & PRINT, PHOTOLITHO and MORE. Try out one of our new day classes or weekend workshops. This is the time of year that our VISITING ARTISTS head to Chicago to teach a master class, like Sarah Smelser’s Monotype workshop that sold out last year. Folks fly in from all over to participate in these, so claim a spot soon. Or, plan ahead for summer and sign up for our week-long, intensive Etching/Relief BOOTCAMP in July – we like to list this one early to give folks plenty of lead-time. 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

  • Photopolymer Gravure Workshop

    with Master Printer Chris Flynn

    Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, 2020
    2 days, 10am – 3:30pm (30 minute lunch break, bring some food!)

    Cost: $185


    Artists in this 2-day workshop will create intaglio prints using photo-polymer plates. This material, also used for letterpress and relief printing, can capture every nuance of a continuous tone photograph, as well as direct drawing on transparent media. Using digital or hand-made positives in combination with an aquatint screen, artists can easily simulate the look and feel of classic copperplate photogravure, montage, a variety of drawing techniques, or experiment with new directions. All levels of experience are welcomed.


    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, April 2 – May 7, 2020
    6 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm

    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.

  • Advanced Stone Lithography

    with Melody Vaughan

    Tuesdays, April 7 – May 5, 2020
    5 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
    Cost: $200


    In this five-week course, students will learn new techniques and skills that are essential to making a more sophisticated lithographic print. Through demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, intermediate students will learn color printing methods using additive and reductive techniques. This course will be more demonstration-based than past stone lithography classes. Students may choose to use the time to sharpen their knowledge through observation and collaboration or to further develop existing projects. 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. Required materials are minimal, however students may bring printing paper or drawing materials as desired.

  • DIY Zine Workshop

    with Melody Vaughan and Visiting Artist Betsy Ochoa

    Mondays, April 13 – May 11, 2020
    5 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm

    Cost: $195



    This spring, join Visiting Artist and Illustrator Betsy Ochoa and returning Print Instructor Melody Vaughan in this quick and lo-fi artmaking experience. At its roots, zine-making is accessible, direct, and fun! In this five-week course, students will learn the history and practice of DIY zines. Ochoa and Vaughan will aim to demystify the creative process, and demonstrate the accessibility of small, quick, lo-fi books. The course will discuss zine-making as a tool to inform, express, communicate, and tell stories. Students will be encouraged to learn processes through hands-on experimentation using many creative sources as inspiration. The course will cover everything from traditional and narrative illustration styles to folding and stapling techniques. No prior art experience required! Materials list provided prior to first class.

  • Printmaking Techniques for Collectors and Enthusiasts

    with CPC Director Deborah Maris Lader

    Friday, April 17th, 2020
    One day, 1-4pm

    Cost: $75


    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.

  • Screenprinting Workshop

    with Megan Sterling

    Sundays, April 19 – May 3, 2020
    3 weeks, 4-7pm

    Cost: $150


    In this fun 3 week workshop, students get to frolic with the silkscreen process in an opportunity to make a small 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. Details provided prior to first class.

  • Bookbinding Basics

    with Megan Sterling

    Saturdays, April 25 – May 9, 2020
    3 weeks, 10am-1pm
    Cost: $150 (includes a $10 materials fee)


    This exciting 3 week workshop is for anyone who’s been curious about hand-creating their own books.  We take you through the basics to make a variety of hand-made books of your own. We will discuss tools and materials such as adhesives, book cloth, board, and paper types as well as techniques such as folding, sewing and gluing.  Students will explore different types of stitches and basic structures, coming away with several of their own sample books that are ready to use including pamphlet stitches, hard-cover accordion books, Japanese side-stitch and more!

  • Poetry and Print

    with Matt Bodett

    Tuesdays, May 5 – 26, 2020
    4 weeks, 1-4pm

    Cost: $180


    Poetry and printmaking have a rich history. In this class we will explore a little of that history, workshop our own poems, and learn the basics of mono printing. Utilizing processes like collage, trace monotype, relief printing, and drawing, students will create their own unique prints of their poems. Students of any skill level are encouraged to take this class. We will cover very basic poetic forms and no writing experience is necessary. Some materials will be needed, a materials list will be made available two weeks prior to class.

  • Monotype on Asian Paper: Drawing through Print

    with Sarah Smelser

    Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2020
    2 days, 9am-4pm

    Cost: $250


    Monotype has traditionally been associated with a painted mark. Artists such as Maurice Prendergast, Eric Fischl, and Michael Mazur used a brush to make images that had the presence of a painting but the process of a print. This workshop will introduce monotype as a vehicle of drawing rather than painting. Participating artists will explore hard-edged forms and line, using stencils and various drawing implements. We will print on the intaglio press and by hand, learn about color and ink modification, use ghost printing, explore trace monotype, and print on dry Asian paper. Beginners and experienced printmakers are welcome and are encouraged to bring source material/sketches to use as a springboard. Class schedule allows for demonstration, discussion, trouble-shooting and work time. Students will be responsible for bringing basic materials and paper. CPC will provide inks, modifiers, and other shop supplies. Materials list will be provided prior to the workshop. 

  • Photolithography

    with Master Printer Chris Flynn

    Sundays, May 24 – June 7, 2020
    3 weeks, 5/24 10am-1pm, 5/31 10am-2pm, 6/7 10am-2pm

    Cost: $240


    In this 3-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 prior to first class.

  • Etching and Relief Printmaking Bootcamp Intensive

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Monday – Friday, July 13 – 17, 2020
    5 days, 9:30am – 3:30pm daily

    Cost: $550


    (Includes a complimentary work session on Saturday, July 18 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! Materials list provided prior to first 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. Customized, Semi-Private classes (2-3 people) are available for $100 per person. Other custom classes can be arranged for students of all ages, covering any medium that is appropriate for the length of class and number of participants. These are priced on a case by case basis. Call or email the CPC to discuss options.

    Possible areas of study include: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (Stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut 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 3-hour worksession is $40. 4 hours is $50. 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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