Learn from home!
We have a variety of online classes available, including bookbinding and relief.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
In conjunction with many exhibitions, the CPC offers smaller demonstrations on related printing techniques. Check out our exhibition schedule for more details.
Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Autumn is upon us! Celebrate the cooler breezes by rolling up your sleeves and slinging some ink. Our workshop has been educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for close to 33 years, so we know what we’re doing. Our teachers are all top notch, with years of experience helping their students learn and realize their projects. Choose from our very popular in-person, group classes, or check out our online bookbinding classes. If group classes don’t fit your schedule, or if you prefer a more customized experience, private and semi-private classes are also available in all printmaking mediums.
The safety and wellness of both our students and faculty remains our highest priority; therefore, CPC requires that all students be vaccinated and boosted for Covid 19. Masks are also required in the studio.
CPC now offers GIFTCARDS in any denomination. Lots of folks have been buying these for themselves or for their arty friends and family members. Give the gift of PRINTMAKING!
Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, September 4 – October 9, 2022
6 weeks, 4-7pm
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.
with Eric Wilson
Tuesdays, September 6 – October 25, 2022
8 weeks, 6-9pm
Cost: $350 (includes 2 work sessions for drawing + 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 prior to first class.
with Maddie May
Wednesdays, September 7 – November 9, 2022
10 weeks, 6-9pm
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 prior to first class.
with Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, September 15 – November 17, 2022
10 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
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 prior to first class.
Bookbinding Basics (ONLINE)
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, September 20 – October 11, 2022
4 weeks, 6-9pm
This exciting online class is for anyone who’s been curious about hand-creating their own books and wants to be able to do it at home. We take you through the basics to make a variety of hand-made book structures of your own that can be used as journals, notebooks or turned into artists’ books. 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, accordion books, Japanese side-stitch and more! Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos as needed. A materials list will be provided via email upon registration.
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, October 16 – November 6, 2022
4 weeks, 4-7pm
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 prior to first class.
Intermediate Bookbinding (ONLINE)
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, October 25 – November 15, 2022
4 weeks, 6-9pm
Utilizing skills garnered in the Bookbinding Basics class (or comparable course elsewhere), students will explore more complex structures with in-depth techniques, potentially covering case bindings, long-stitch, advanced Japanese side-stitch or others. Some experience with bookbinding is helpful, though students who are quick to learn and motivated can easily keep up. Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos as needed. A materials list will be provided via email upon registration.
Reduction Screenprinting Workshop
with J. Leigh Garcia
Sunday, November 13th, 2022
One day, 9am-5pm
In this accelerated one-day workshop, learn to translate images into reductive screenprints! Because this process uses screenfiller and drawing fluid (with no need for expensive photo emulsion or exposure units), it’s the perfect process to learn for at-home printers. Additionally, we will cover pin registration for screenprinting. Because this is an accelerated one-day workshop, some previous screenprinting experience is preferred such as mixing inks, tearing down paper, and pulling screenprints. Students should come to the workshop with sketches ready to translate to print.
Cut Constructions: Techniques for Collaging with Print
with Maddie May
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
One day, 6-9pm
Do you have old or unused misprints laying around? If so, this one day collage workshop is perfect for you! “Cut Constructions: Techniques for Collaging with Print” imagines new possibilities for making collage works out of prints. Supplies and techniques for cutting, assembling, and combining imagery will be discussed. Students should bring with them any materials they are interested in using, including, but not limited to, colored pencils, markers, pens, crayons, watercolors, magazines, books, newspapers, drawings, and print ephemera they’d like to use. A small supplies list and introductory email will be provided ahead of time to those enrolled. This class is a great option for creating handmade gifts and greeting cards ahead of the holidays. Risk and experimentation is encouraged!
Interested in learning something new? Have you been dreaming about a cool project that requires some individual attention? Well, our private classes are AMAZING! This professional, one-on-one instruction allows for flexible scheduling and a unique lesson catered to your specific area of interest. Further, we’ve implemented cleaning and social distancing protocols to ensure that our studio environment is safe for you and the community. Students are required to wear a mask at all times, and be fully vaccinated.
Private lessons are available in all mediums, including: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, and Monoprint. If you have a different project in mind, feel free to reach out!
The cost of a three-hour private lesson is $150. Email email@example.com to schedule. Then, we will pair you with one of our professional instructors and they will review how to prepare and what to bring.
Want to learn something new with a close friend or family member? Sign up for a one-time, three-hour lesson with a professional printmaker! Our semi-private lessons provide flexible scheduling and custom instruction that is catered to the interests of your group. All students are required to wear a mask at all times, and be fully vaccinated.
Semi-private lessons are available in all mediums, including: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, and Monoprint. If you have a different project in mind, feel free to reach out!
The cost of a three-hour semi-private lesson (with up to three people) is $100 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Then, we will pair you with one of our professional instructors and they will review how to prepare and what to bring.
Small Group Classes
Getting a small team of students together for a multi-week class is a great alternative to our regular group classes. Organized upon request, these customized courses are a perfect scenario for repeat or new students who want a slightly more intimate experience with less people. We have a large database of students in every media that we can reach out to when we receive an inquiry to put something together. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times, and be fully vaccinated.
Possible areas of study include: Etching, Lithography (stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, and Monoprint.
The cost of a small group class will vary depending on the number of weeks and students (up to four). Email email@example.com to learn more.
If you have a basic understanding of printmaking and don’t need how-to instruction (or if you’re a student looking for extra shop time) work sessions are for you! A shop member will be on site to help you find what you need; otherwise, you are expected to work independently. A prior private lesson, group class, or brief portfolio review may be necessary to ensure that you are capable of using the equipment. You will be required to wear a mask at all times.
Work sessions are available in the following techniques: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, and Monoprint.
You may sign up for a three-hour ($40) or four-hour ($50) time slot. Work sessions are currently available on a limited, by appointment basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is only refundable for group classes when CPC is notified at least one week prior to the session start date. In this case, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from the full cost of the class. Instead of a refund, students may opt to receive the full cost of the class as a credit to be used towards a future course. Either way, students are responsible for notifying the CPC that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending the first class does not constitute an official cancellation. If you must drop a class within a week of the first session, no refund or credit will be given (except in the event of documented medical reasons with a physician’s note or other extenuating circumstances). CPC does not offer makeup sessions for missed classes. However, if you must miss a class due to illness or extreme weather, CPC will offer a complimentary work session (more information about work sessions is available on our website under current classes) once the course is complete and the student is confident with their skills. While classes are rarely canceled at CPC, students will receive a full refund without a processing fee if a cancellation does occur.
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