Classes & Workshops

 

Introduction to Screenprinting 

Learn the fundamentals of screen printing and gain access to Blackbird Book Arts and Press screen printing facilities. This course develops a working knowledge of screen printing, from conception and design to final print. Students will learn the basics of four color printing process and the steps necessary to prepare artwork for printing.  Develop a design and explore the printing possibilities from screenprinting artwork on paper to printing t-shirts, bags and more. 

Students who complete this course are eligible for independent use of the screenprinting studio with director permission.

6:30-8:30 pm  6 Tuesdays, Jan 24-Feb 28 online registration
     

 

Cost: $165 includes all materials. 

Instructor: Dylan Evans Weiler

 

Introduction to Letterpress

Letterpress printing is an entirely hands-on process that uses moveable metal and wood type to transfer images and words to paper. The words and images are inked and stamped into paper using vintage, cast-iron machines. These impressions give the images a unique 3D like feel.

Time Dates Register
6-9pm NEW DATES! 4 Thursdays, Feb 23-March 16 online registration

 

Cost: $175 includes all materials. Once certified, students may use the studio for their own projects during open studio sessions.

Instructor: Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press

 

Shorter Workshops  

 

Exploring Printmaking: Etching

Etching - An introductory course to printmaking and certification to utilize our printmaking facilities.  Take your sketches and drawings and turn them into an edition of prints. Learn the process of translating your image onto a zinc plate, etching utilizing a copper sulfate bath, and the art of inking and pulling a print.

11am-4pm Saturday, March 4 (DATE CHANGE) online registration

 

Cost: $85, includes all materials 

Instructor: Dylan Evans-Weiler

 

 

Weekend Screenprinting Crash Course

Learn the fundamentals of screen printing and gain access to Blackbird Book Arts and Press printmaking studio! This course develops a basic understanding of screen printing. Develop a simple design and explore the printing possibilities from screenprinting artwork on paper to printing t-shirts, bags and other swag. Students who complete this course are eligible for independent use of the screenprinting studio with director permission.

6:30-9pm Fri,  1-7pm Sat Feb 17 & 18

CLASS NOT AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL 

FOR AVAILABLE WEEKENDS.

     

 

Cost: $145 includes all materials

Instructor: Dylan Evans Weiler

 

 

Leather Wrapped Journals and Sketchbooks

 

In this workshop, learn how to assemble a multi-signature blank, soft-cover book bound in leather with overlapping closure. Students will consider and discuss types of papers, sewing workflow, and basic leather techniques. Create an excellent, functional book to use for your own pondering, drawing, or writing, or give as a special gift.

2-5pm Monday, February 13 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE

Cost: $30 + $10 materials fee

Instructor: Carol Parker-Mittal

 

 

Pocket Concertina Books

Create a book with pockets, envelopes, and secret compartments to carry messages, express ideas, or store photos. Learn a variation on the accordion structure, utilize decorative papers, mixed-media, sewing, and gluing techniques. Design and build a special, one-of-a-kind book to give as a gift, or as a remembrance of someone special. Participants are encouraged to bring ephemera, quotes, small photos, and other objects of personal importance. 

2-5pm Sunday, Feb 12 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE
 
Cost: $25 + $5 materials fee

Instructor: Carol Parker Mittal

 
 
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