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
Kick start your summer by slinging some ink in our shop! We have been educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking for over 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 class. 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, or up to the discretion of both the teacher and student/s.
CPC offers GIFTCARDS in any denomination. Gift cards are redeemable for group classes, private classes, work sessions, and in-person gallery purchases. This is the perfect way to give the gift of PRINTMAKING to a loved one!
Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Printmaking Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, June 4 – July 9, 2023
6 weeks, 4-7pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
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 Maddie May
Wednesdays, June 7 – August 9, 2023
10 weeks, 6-9pm
Please email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
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, June 8 – August 10, 2023
10 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
*ONE SPOT LEFT*
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.
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, June 13 – July 25, 2023 (NO CLASS JULY 4)
6 weeks, 6-9pm
This exciting online class is for anyone who is curious about how to make their own books by hand at home! This course is multi-level, being perfect for beginners or folks who have done the basics and want a bit of a review and more hands-on experience. Students will learn how to make a variety of forms that can be used as journals, notebooks, or turned into artist’s books. This class will cover pamphlet stitches, accordion books, Japanese side-stitch, and one or two more complex structures! There will be an introduction/refresher of tools, materials and vocabulary as well as exploration of various techniques to produce several 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 materials list will be provided via email upon registration.
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, July 16 – August 6, 2023
4-7pm, 4 weeks
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.
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 $160. 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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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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