Courses and Workshops

Our courses and workshops support new and experienced artists in improving technical skills in the art of printmaking and are delivered by professional artist-instructors. Courses and workshops are available to take year-round at our fully equipped 4,000 sq. ft. facility, and are offered in a variety of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. These include; screen printing (introductory and advanced), aluminum and copper etching, relief printing, digital darkroom, letterpress, lithography and more. In addition, we host specialty workshops in advanced techniques taught by local and visiting professional artists. While some exceptions may apply, our courses and workshops are intended for adults and are kept small to ensure a high quality of instruction.

Course and workshop information is available here or in brochures that are hand screen printed 3 times annually in spring, fall and winter by staff and volunteers. These are disseminated by mail to members and in person in Winnipeg at other artist run centres, local shops and organizations. In addition to information on available courses and workshops, each brochure features news and information about our upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, studio editions, local and national events.

If you have concerns about the products used in our courses and workshops or are sensitive to certain chemicals, please contact us, or review the Studio Chemicals List here.

  • Course fees include basic materials and equipment.
  • Course registration requires a valid membership.
  • Class sizes are small to ensure a high standard of instruction.
  • We require payment upon registration. 
  • Registration fees may be refunded upon request (less a 20% admin fee) up to the start of the second class.
  • If a course is cancelled a full refund will be issued
  • Please check our latest COVID related information before registering to determine eligibility – click on red bar at top of page

If you have any questions or wish to register for a course or workshop, please contact us by phone at 204-779-6253 or email at education@printmakers.mb.ca

2023 Winter Courses and Workshops

Introductory Screen Printing
w/Bramwell Enan

Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: January 9 – February 1, 2023  
(4 weeks, 8 classes)
FULL!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

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For those who have never printed before or need a refresher on the basics, this course explores skills and techniques involved in this versatile process, which is capable of creating multi-coloured images on a variety of surfaces. Students will learn new skills and methods to achieve their creative goals.
 
 

Bramwell Enan is a visual artist in Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg who makes work where intuition jaunts through play into form. Enan holds a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, and their work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and in private collections internationally.

 

Advanced Screen Printing
w/Ali James

Date: Sundays, 10am – 2pm.
Runs: February 12 – March 19, 2023  
(6 weeks)
FULL!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

Animation still from Bite, Screen printed papercut stop motion animation (looped), 29 sec, 2019, Ali James.
Animation still from Bite, Screen printed papercut stop motion animation (looped), 29 sec, 2019, Ali James.

For students looking to refine and expand their screen printing skills, this class features demonstrations of advanced techniques and the opportunity to develop work with the oversight of an experienced printer. Familiarity with screen printing at Martha Street Studio is required.

Ali James is a Winnipeg-based artist who uses screen printing and animation to produce vivid, layered and tactile works that explore human memory and emotion. Ali holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba.

Multi-Colour Lino-Print
w/Kelly Campbell

Date: Mondays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: February 6 – April 3, 2023 
(8 classes – no class on Feb 20)   
FULL!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

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A Short Break on a Long Journey, 2019, Kelly Campbell.

Learn techniques for creating multi-colour lino prints, including the reductive process, multiple plate printing, and split plate printing. The class will cover how to combine these techniques to achieve your desired results, including how to register multiple plates.

Kelly Campbell (AKA Grub) completed the YOP and INKubator programs in 2013, and graduated with a BFA and a medal for highest achievement in their program from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in 2017. Their work examines the roles and relationships of labour, leisure, emotion, and gender within systems of power

Intro to Etching: Copper Plates
w/Nora Kobrinsky

Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: February 8 – March 29, 2023
(8 classes)  
One Spot Left!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

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Ah Granada, Nora Kobrinsky, etching with chine collé

Etching can result in prints of wonderful subtlety and richness. This course introduces the basic principles of etching. You will learn how to prepare your plate, how to etch crisp lines, how to produce areas of tone and how to introduce colour to your print. No prior etching experience required.

Nora Kobrinsky is a printmaker and painter. Her first experience of printmaking was a class at Martha Street Studio.  Since then she earned her BFA Honours at University of Manitoba (2008) and has taken several more classes at Martha Street before becoming an instructor.

 

Screen Printing Basics Workshop
w/ Ali James

Date: Saturday April 1, 11am -3 pm 
& Sunday April 2 , 11am – 6 pm
FULL!

Cost: $185 + Membership*

Animation still from Bite, Screen printed papercut stop motion animation (looped), 29 sec, 2019, Ali James.
Animation still from Bite, Screen printed papercut stop motion animation (looped), 29 sec, 2019, Ali James.

This two–day workshop will focus on the basics of screen printing and include an orientation to the specific equipment and spaces used at Martha Street Studio. Learn how to create stencils, prepare a screen, mix ink, and create a two to three layer screen print. Great for the beginner or to refresh your skills.

Ali James is a Winnipeg-based artist who uses screen printing and animation to produce vivid, layered and tactile works that explore human memory and emotion. Ali holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba.

Woodblock T-shirt Printing Workshop!
w/Peter Graham

Date: Saturday January 21, 11am-5pm  
FULL!

 Cost: $100 + Membership*

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T-shirts by Peter Graham

In this one-day workshop you will learn how to create striking woodblock prints on T-shirts using cheap and easy to carve MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and black ink. We’ll provide the blocks, carving tools, ink and presses… you provide the T-shirts. If you’ve ever carved a Lino block you have the skills required, but even if you haven’t, this is the workshop for you!  Please note: this workshop is for T-shirts only, no other items.    Participants can expect to print 4 – 6 shirts at the workshop.

Peter Graham has been one of our technicians for over ten years and is patiently waiting for his gold watch.

Lino Printing on Fabric: Hand-Sewn Pouch Workshop
w/ Emma Mayer
FULL!

Date: Saturday March 11, 1-4pm
& Saturday March 18, 1-4pm

 Cost: $115 + Membership*

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Example of pattern printing techniques you will learn and hand-sewn pouch project you will design in the workshop.

Take printmaking off the page! Experiment with lino block printing on fabric and learn some hand-sewing skills. In this two-day workshop, you will learn lino carving basics and how to print your own repeating pattern on fabric. Participants will leave this workshop with their own hand-sewn zipper pouch featuring a single lino-printed image on the exterior and a custom patterned fabric lining. No sewing or lino experience required! 

Emma Mayer is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator with a passion for printmaking and sewing. She got her start at Martha Street Studio taking the Youth Outreach Program in 2012 and has stuck around ever since. Emma graduated with a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in 2018.

Want to register?

Please contact us  by phone at 204-779-6253

Please note we can only accept credit card and e-transfers as payment at this time.