Printing

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.


Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


 

Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11; 6-8pm CT and Sunday Print Labs: October 17, 24, November 7, 14; 6–7pm CT (Please note: There is no Print Lab on 10/31.)

Have you ever wanted to invest in your own home screen printing studio but weren’t sure where to start? This virtual workshop will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing at home—without a darkroom! Continue reading “Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup”

Quick and Dirty Letterpress Posters

with Monica Edwards Larson
Saturday: October 30; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to our print studios! Experience the hands-on satisfaction of printing your unique message through the tangible process of letterpress printing. Check out a selection of posters and broadsides featuring political messages and poetry, then learn beginning typesetting using wood type. Design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Quick and Dirty Letterpress Posters”

Digital File Preparation for Letterpress

with Kevin Brown
Tuesdays: November 2, 9, 16; 4:30–6:30pm CT

From etchings to photographs, learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery into digital files ready to be sent out to be made into photopolymer plates for letterpress. This virtual workshop is a guide to Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) with an emphasis on aspects relevant to letterpress printing, including scanning and converting grayscale images to bitmaps, alternative methods of halftoning such as diffusion dithers, and other tips and tricks. Participants must have a general knowledge of letterpress printing as well as access to and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop. Continue reading “Digital File Preparation for Letterpress”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, November 13; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to the print studio! This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press including operation, safety, and care while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press.  Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics”

Letterpress 2: Setting Type

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, November 20; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to the print studio! This in-person letterpress workshop focuses on setting metal type and building familiarity with printing on the Vandercook press. Learn how to navigate MCBA’s type collection, how type is stored and organized, and how to arrange it in a composing stick for setting a text. Training will be provided on line justification, kerning (space between letters and words), and methods for holding type together (or “locking up” a form) for printing. Procedures for maintaining a community type collection and print studio will also be covered, in addition to a review of basic press operation, care, and safety. This workshop is an excellent refresher and opportunity to get reacquainted with MCBA’s presses and print studio.  Continue reading “Letterpress 2: Setting Type”

LEGO Letterpress

with Jason Yoh
Saturday, November 27; 10am–12pm CT

In this in-person workshop, explore LEGOs as a tool to create modular compositions of type and images. Letterpress printing is remarkable in its flexibility to use a wide range of matrices (any object that is the correct height to be printed) that speak to the diverse channels of communication in our culture. Examples of this technique will be shared and participants will develop their own composition from sketch to finished prints using a flatbed cylinder Vandercook press. Participants will come away with ideas for using this centuries-old printing process with contemporary materials produced for other uses. Plus, you get to play with LEGOs! Continue reading “LEGO Letterpress”

Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking

with Rachel E. Church
Wednesdays: December 1, 8, 15; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs, and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home. This is a great process for all levels of artists to quickly express themselves through pattern and print! Next, explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can be used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. Lastly, learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and experiment with ways to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. Continue reading “Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking”

Relief Printing with Natural Dyes

with Catherine Liu
Wednesdays: December 1, 8, 15; 7–9pm CT

This virtual workshop explores non-toxic and small-space-friendly approaches to relief printing through the use of natural dyes and modular designs. Learn how to make a versatile printing ink made of natural dyes and mordants (an additive that enhances and makes natural dyes more permanent), create and layer radial designs, carve designs onto a plate using an X-ACTO knife, and print by hand using a wooden spoon or baren. This workshop is designed to accommodate both first-time and experienced printers. Continue reading “Relief Printing with Natural Dyes”

Screen Print: Studio Skills

with Kirsten Olson
Saturday, December 11; 10am–4pm CT

Get acquainted (or reacquainted!) with MCBA’s screen printing studio and darkroom. Practice the photo emulsion process from positive creation and screen coating to exposure and reclaiming. Each participant will complete an edition of multi-layered screen prints and leave class with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Screen Printing Labs. Previous screen printing experience required (virtual Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup or similar.) Continue reading “Screen Print: Studio Skills”

Carve & Print: Stamped Wrapping Paper

with Laura Brown
Tuesday, December 14; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this friendly introduction to relief printing, you will carve your own stamp and create a repeating pattern on paper. This technique is perfect for creating festive handmade gift wrap and many other uses. Participants will finish with wrapping paper and their own stamps for future printing and experimenting. Continue reading “Carve & Print: Stamped Wrapping Paper”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, December 18; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to the print studio! This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press including operation, safety, and care while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press.  Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics”