Spring and Summer Printmaking Courses & Workshops at Open Studio

Open Studio’s screenprinting area. Photo by Kate Tarini.

Open Studio—Canada’s leading printmaking centre— offers a variety of printmaking courses throughout the year. Our education program is ideal for beginners and advanced printmakers. We strive to offer small class sizes (8 max.) to accommodate different learning styles and offer a personalized experience. If you can’t find what you’re looking for we also offer private instruction, contact us by calling 416-504-8238. The full list of courses can be accessed here.

8-WEEK COURSES

Screenprinting – $400, includes materials
Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
May 6 – July 8 (no class May 20 and July 1)
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Screenprinting – $400, includes materials
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
May 7 – June 25
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Participants will use direct stencil methods to transfer ink onto paper. This course is suitable for photo-based, hand drawn or computer manipulated imagery.

Lithography – $400, includes materials
Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
May 6 – July 8 (no class May 20 and July 1)
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Participants will learn to draw and paint onto the surface of a finely ground limestone, which is then chemically processed before printing. From bold lines to subtle effects, lithography offers a wide range of mark-making possibilities.

Etching – $400, includes materials
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
May 7 – June 25
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Participants will work with copper plates to create a range of images, textures and lines. The process of aquatint, which produces a range of flat tones, will also be explored.

SPRING WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

CMYK Screenprinting – $255, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
May 25 – 26
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Participants will learn about CMYK screenprinting, or 4-colour process printing, to convert photographic images into full-colour screenprints.

Woodcut – $230, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
June 1 – June 2
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Participants will make colour woodcut prints using two or more plates and non-toxic oil-based The characteristics of the medium will be explored including planning and carving the images, registering multiple plates, and incorporating coloured Japanese papers.

Experimental Relief Printing with Found Objects – $230, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
June 8 – 9
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Participants will learn how to create relief prints using the shapes and surfaces of non-conventional materials. Print by hand or on a press.

Photo Lithography – $300, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
June 8 – 9
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Participants will use light sensitive photo litho plates to transform photographs, digital images and drawings into lithographs.

Letterpress Cards – $230, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
June 22 – 23
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Participants will learn to print multiple impressions using a traditional Vandercook printing press. Students will explore the many possibilities of creating text and image-based multiples using lead and wood type and image blocks.

Open Studio’s intaglio/etching area. Photo by Kate Tarini.

SUMMER WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

CMYK Screenprinting – $255, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
July 6 – 7
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Participants will learn about CMYK screenprinting, or 4-colour process printing, to convert photographic images into full-colour screenprints.

Intro to Screenprinting – $255, includes materials
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
July 27 – 28
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Participants will be introduced to screenprinting and learn to use direct stencil methods to transfer ink onto paper. This course is suitable for photo-based, hand drawn or computer manipulated imagery.

OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Open Sessions – $175, materials not included
REGISTER BY CALLING 416-504-8238
4 weeks, Wednesday Evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Session 1: May 15 – June 5
Session 2: June 12 – July 3
Session 3: July 10 – July 31

The Open Session program allows participants who have printmaking experience to work independently with minimal supervision. The program is especially useful to students who want to transition from classes to renting at Open Studio. Open Studio’s Technical Director must approve registration.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Try our private instruction printmaking program or our custom printmaking program!

Private Instruction Printmaking Program
Open Studio is pleased to offer private printmaking instruction. A private class is perfect for those interested in learning a specific technique, who learn better in a one-on-one scenario, or who are unable to participate in our regular education program due to scheduling constraints. Open Studio’s one-on-one teaching scenarios are arranged by the Technical Director to provide customized learning outside of regularly scheduled classes. A qualified instructor is paired with the student based on the learner’s desired outcomes. Call 416-504-8238 for more information.

Custom Printmaking Program
Open Studio works with artists and galleries to realize custom printing projects on a case-by-case basis. In consultation with our Technical Director, we can help determine the best means to carry out your project. Our main focus is working with traditional print practices such as etching, relief, screenprinting, lithography and letterpress. If your project does not strictly fall into one of the above categories, but is still rooted in print media, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss the possibilities. Call 416-504-8238 for more information.

Please read our registration policy here.

All courses and workshops take place at: Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, Ontario.

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto ON  M5V 3A8
416-504-8238
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
office@openstudio.ca
www.openstudio.ca

Open Studio is a charitable organization that works to provide affordable access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists across Canada and abroad.

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.