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

2022 Fall Courses and Workshops

Collagraph
w/ Ann Rallison

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: Sept 20 – 29, 2022  
(2 weeks, 4 classes)
FULL!

Cost: $200 + Membership*

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Rolling In by Ann Rallison

A collagraph is a print made from a collaged plate.  Texture and design are created on the plate using materials such as glue, oats, salt, etc.  Once the plate is dry and sealed with shellac, it is wiped and printed like an intaglio plate.

Ann was an art teacher for nearly 40 years in the school system. Since retiring she has continued to explore many art forms in her own practice, favouring experimentation with many types of printmaking. She has been an active member of Martha Street Studio for a number of years and is currently chair of the board
 

Introduction to Etching: Copper Plates
w/ Peter Graham

Date: Saturdays, 10am – 2pm.
Runs: Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2022  
(6 weeks)
FULL!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

Peter Graham 'Shopping'
Shopping by Peter Graham

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.

Peter Graham has been one of our studio techs for 10 years and has dabbled in etching, lithography, woodcut and screenprint during that time. Now he dreams of bikepacking in far off lands with his pinhole camera.

Introductory Screen Printing
w/ Bramwell Enan

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: October 4 – 27 
(4 weeks, 8 classes)   
FULL!

Cost: $350 + Membership*

Screen Print

For those who have never printed before or need a refresher on the basics, this class 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 Etching
w/ Jonathan S. Green

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: November 1 – 24 
(4 weeks, 8 classes)  
Two Spots Left! 

Cost: $350 + Membership*

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A New Nunatak by Jonathan S Green

Are you tired of making lines all day? Do you need something with a little more kick? Advanced etching has it. Learn how to create tone through aquatint and to utilize the mark making possibilities of sugar lift, soap ground and spit bite. We’ll also get into printing techniques like a la poupee, relief rolling, line colouring and multiple plate printing.

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. His creative research investigates ideas around landscape and wilderness, bushcraft and survival, camping and shelter in the face of the climate crisis.
 

Screen Printing Basics Workshop
w/ Alison James

Date: Saturday October 29, 11am -3 pm 
& Sunday October 30 , 11am – 6 pm
FULL!

Cost: $185 + Membership*

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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.

Lino-print Holiday Card Workshop
w/ Kelly Campbell

Date: Saturday November 12, 11am-2pm
& Sunday November 13, 11am-3pm 
FULL!

 Cost: $125 + Membership*

Delicate Flower, 2019 by Kelly Campbell
Delicate Flower, 2019 by Kelly Campbell

Join us for this fun weekend workshop where participants will learn how to carve a lino relief plate and print it as a holiday card!  Participants can expect to leave the workshop with up to 15, standard-sized hand-printed cards of their own design. 

Kelly Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist with a love for printmaking, drawing, building, learning, and sharing skills. They completed (and recommend to everyone) the Youth Outreach and INKubator programs at Martha Street, then went on to earn a BFA at the University of Manitoba School of Art, graduating in 2017. To see Kelly’s artwork, you can visit kellyecampbell.wordpress.com.

Drypoint Holiday Card Workshop
w/ Ann Rallison
FULL!

Date: Saturday December 10, 11am-2pm
& Sunday December 11, 11am-3pm

 Cost: $125 + Membership*

photo by Calvin Joseph
photo by Calvin Joseph

Join us for a weekend workshop where participants will learn how to create a plexi-glass drypoint plate and print it as a holiday card!  A type of intaglio printing, drypoint involves scribing an image into the plexi with a sharp tool, forcing the ink into the scribed lines and printing with an etching press onto dampened paper.  Participants can expect to leave the workshop with up to 15, standard-sized hand-printed cards of their own design.

Ann was an art teacher for nearly 40 years in the school system. Since retiring she has continued to explore many art forms in her own practice, favouring experimentation with many types of printmaking. She has been an active member of Martha Street Studio for a number of years and is currently chair of the board.

Letterpress Holiday Card Workshop
w/ Sean McLachlan
FULL!

Date: Saturday November 26, 2 – 6pm
& Sunday November 27, 12 – 5pm

 Cost: $165 + Membership*

photo by Calvin Joseph
photo by Calvin Joseph

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of creating folding greeting cards on our letterpress equipment using movable type, printers’ cuts, and lino-cut graphics.

Sean McLachlan is a Winnipeg based artist whose work blends traditional letterpress printing with digital technologies such as 3d printing and laser cut woodblocks. He is known under two other names, Printmonger Press for his personal letterpress studio, and Letter Peddler Press, the bicycle-mounted letterpress studio, where you can find him printing postcards with the public.

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.