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.
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Classes at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Intermediate Bookbinding (ONLINE)
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, March 14 – April 4, 2023
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.
with Duffy O’Connor
Mondays, April 10 – May 22, 2023
7 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.
Rocker’s Delight Mezzotint Special
with Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, April 13 – May 25, 2023
7 weeks, 6:30-9:30pm
Join Duffy O'Connor for a seven-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 a mezzotint rocker for this course.
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, April 18 – May 23, 2023
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.
Monotype on Asian Paper: Drawing through Print
with Sarah Smelser
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30, 2023
2 days, 10am-5pm
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.
Printmaking for the Curious!
with CPC Director Deborah Maris Lader
Friday, May 12th, 2023
One day, 1-4pm
Interested in seeing printmaking in action but don’t want to get your hands dirty? Join CPC Founder/Director Deborah Maris Lader as she demystifies several printmaking techniques via in-depth explanation and demonstration. She will “mix it up” by employing etching, lithography, screenprinting, and collage on one image! Perfect for print enthusiasts, collectors and those simply CURIOUS about 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.
Posters, Totes & T-Shirt Screenprinting Workshop
with Carl Voss
Wednesday, May 17-31st, 2022
3 weeks, 6-9pm
In this exciting 3-week workshop, students get hands-on experience with the silkscreen process and make an original graphic poster print or walk away with their own design printed on t-shirts or tote bags. Screens, squeegees and other basic supplies will be provided. Students just need to bring in their original designs and t-shirts, bags, or paper to print on and an ink color of choice. Details will be provided upon registration.
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 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.