Learning to Print at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

We’ve been educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 31 years! Just think of the thousands of students who have learned printy things under the CPC roof from our top-notch teachers. Right now, you can join their ranks by signing up for one of our safe and customized private, semi-private or small group classes. We’ll also continue with our online classes throughout the winter and spring, all of which have been discounted from our normal offerings. It’s been amazing to welcome new online students from all over the world, who can finally take a CPC class! Some of our teachers are also available for online private lessons.

Email or call us RIGHT AWAY to set up a customized class. Where provided, use the PayPal buttons below to register. 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).

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

  • Small Group Stone Lithography

    with Eric Wilson

    Tuesdays, April 20 – May 11, 2021
    4 weeks, 6-9pm

    Cost: $250
    (includes 1 work session for drawing or graining)

    Please email victoria@chicagoprintmakers.com to register.

    Description

    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 four-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.

  • Small Group Traditional Etching

    with Duffy O’Connor

    Thursdays, April 22 – May 13, 2021
    4 weeks, 6-9pm

    Cost: $240

    Please email victoria@chicagoprintmakers.com to register.

    Description

    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.

  • Intermediate Bookbinding (ONLINE)

    with Megan Sterling

    New dates coming soon!
    4 weeks, 6-9pm
    Cost: $150




    Description

    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.

  • Bookbinding Basics (ONLINE)

    with Megan Sterling

    New dates coming soon!
    4 weeks, 6-9pm
    Cost: $150




    Description

    In this exciting online class, we take you through a variety of hand-made book structures that can be used as journals, notebooks, artists’ books or thoughtful gifts for friends and family. 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, such as pamphlet stitch, accordion fold and Japanese side-stitch, coming away with several sample books that are ready to use. Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos as needed. A sliding scale materials list will be provided via email upon registration.

  • Private Lessons

    Interested in learning something new? Have you been dreaming about a project all quarantine? Well, our private classes are back! 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 will be required to wear a mask at all times.

    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!

    Description

    The cost of a three-hour private lesson is $150. Email classes@chicagoprintmakers.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.

  • Semi-Private Lessons

    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. Due to the pandemic, we’ve implemented cleaning and social distancing protocols to ensure that our studio environment is safe for the community. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times.

    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!

    Description

    The cost of a three-hour semi-private lesson (with up to three people) is $100 per person. Email classes@chicagoprintmakers.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.

  • Small Group Classes

    Getting a small team of students together for a multi-week class is a great alternative to our pre-pandemic group classes. Organized upon request, these courses are a perfect fit for repeat students or individuals who are totally new to us but want to schedule something to get through the fall and winter months. 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.

    Possible areas of study include: Etching, Photoetching, Lithography (stone, plate, and paper), Screenprinting, Relief (woodcut and linoleum), Bookmaking, Collograph, and Monoprint.

    Description

    The cost of a small group class will vary depending on the number of weeks and students (up to four). Email classes@chicagoprintmakers.com to learn more.

  • Work Sessions

    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.

    Description

    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 classes@chicagoprintmakers.com to schedule.

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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