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 30 years…Just think of the thousands of students who have learned printy things under the CPC roof from our top-notch teachers, and pretty soon, once we’re in the clear from Pandemic-related closures, you can join their ranks by signing up for one of our much-anticipated printmaking courses. In the meantime, the CPC is super pleased to offer ONLINE CLASSES. These are discounted from our normal offerings, and now many more of you can partake, even though you live a bazillion miles away!
Some of our teachers may be available to instruct certain classes privately via zoom and FaceTime – please contact us and we can refer you to them directly.
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: email@example.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 their new grads and arty friends. Give the gift of PRINTMAKING!
Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Poetry in Printmaking Online
with Matt Bodett
Mondays, July 13 – August 3, 2020
4 weeks, 6-9pm
Pushing the boundaries of poetry can yield some beautiful results. Exploring the Broadside as a medium of expression, this online class will dive into some unusual poetic texts for inspiration creating our own unique set of poetic broadsides. We will be exploring monotype printmaking for this class and some supplies will be required. No prior experience with printmaking or poetry is necessary. Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos. A materials list will be provided via email upon registration.
Bookbinding Basics at Home
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, July 14 – August 4, 2020
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.
Relief Printmaking Online? Yes We Can!
with Duffy O’Connor
Sundays, August 2 – September 6, 2020
6 weeks, 1-4pm
Had enough of waiting around, wondering where to direct your creative energy? Wonder no more - sign up for Relief Printmaking Online! In this course you will learn to make relief prints start to finish from preparing imagery, to cutting the block, and printing. Perhaps the most accessible of print processes, relief can be done from the safety of your home. We can't return to the print shop yet but that won't stop us from printmaking! Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos. A materials list will be provided via email upon registration.
Mezzotint Prep in a Pandemic Age
with Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, June 18 – July 9, 2020
4 weeks, 6-9pm
Ready to get back to work? Tired of life without printmaking? Enroll in Mezzotint Prep, our exclusive online mezzotint academy! Duffy O'Connor will guide you through the process of preparing a drawing, rocking a plate, and scraping and burnishing your image. Lots of work goes into a mezzotint before printing and this class will get you ready. Classes will be taught in weekly live Zoom meetings and will be supplemented with recorded demo videos. A materials list will be provided via email upon registration. The course fee has been discounted with the knowledge that students will be purchasing their own materials.
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.
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 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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