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
Monotype on Asian Paper: Drawing through Print
with Sarah Smelser
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2022
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 Basics: Screenprinting, Relief, and Monotype
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, June 5 – July 10, 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 Maddie May
Wednesdays, June 8 – August 10, 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 Eric Wilson
Tuesdays, June 14 – August 16, 2022
10 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Cost: $375 (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 Duffy O’Connor
Thursdays, June 16 – August 18, 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.
with Megan Sterling
Tuesdays, June 21 – July 26, 2022
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.
Summer Intaglio Intensive
with Duffy O’Connor
Monday – Friday, July 11-15, 2022
5 days, 9:30am – 3:30pm daily
Cost: $550 (Includes a complimentary work session on Saturday, July 16 from 12-5pm!)
Need something cool to do this summer in Chicago? Join us for a week of Intaglio printmaking! Work in etching, drypoint, or mezzotint. This studio intensive welcomes beginners as well as the experienced printmaker. From creating your initial image, to preparing and processing your plate, to printing your beautiful images, you'll do it all in this class! Duffy O'Connor earned his M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Iowa and has specialized in intaglio for over three decades. *Mezzotint is recommended for printmakers with experience; mezzotinters must provide their own rockers.
with Matt Bodett
Sundays, July 17 – August 7, 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.
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 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.