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

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

2021 Spring Courses

Introductory Screen Printing  
w/ Ali James    – cancelled

Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 pm
Runs: May 3 – May 31 ( no class May 24)
(4 weeks, 8 classes)

Cost: $350 + Membership*

Hygge, 2020, screen print,
 Ali James
Hygge, 2020, screen print, Ali James

Screen printing is a versatile process that uses stencils to translate illustrative and graphic artwork into colourful, layered prints. In this course you will learn how to create stencils using analogue and digital techniques, prepare screens, mix custom inks, register and print onto paper. You will come away with two screen printed editions, and the confidence to work independently at Martha Street Studio. 

Ali James is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In her work she uses printmaking and animation to investigate the reconstructive nature of human memory and personal identity. Ali holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. 

Mezzotint – You want it darker. 
w/Jonathan S. Green  FULL!

Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 pm
Runs: June 7 – June 30
(4 weeks, 8 classes)

Cost: $350 + Membership*

A Refuge, 2020, mezzotint,                      Jonathan S. Green
A Refuge, 2020, mezzotint, Jonathan S. Green

Does toiling for darkness excite you? Do you wish to create evocative and nuanced images out of blackness? Working in the ‘dark manner’ or ‘maniere noire’ might be for you. Mezzotint is a reductive intaglio print process. By creating a field of burrs and pits through rocking the plate, it allows a full range of tones and subtitles and is renowned for its rich, velvety blacks. In this course you will learn plate preparation and the process of the rocker, the use of the scraper and burnisher, and printing the plate. 

Jonathan S. Green is of Mi’kmaq and Inuit, Settler heritage from Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. Green earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta.

Screen Printing Basics Workshop
w/ Ali James  – FULL!

Date: Saturday June 12, 11-3pm
& Sunday June 13, 11-6pm

Cost: $175 + Membership*

Screen Printing Course

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 multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In her work she uses printmaking and animation to investigate the reconstructive nature of human memory and personal identity. Ali holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

Want to register? Please contact us  by email at education@printmakers.mb.ca

Or by calling 204-779-6253 

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