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.

All of our courses and workshops require varying levels of physicality.  If you have concerns around the accessibility of our programs, please call or email so that we can discuss ways we can support you.

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 phone at 204-779-6253 or email at education@printmakers.mb.ca

2024 Spring Courses and Workshops

Introductory Screen Printing
w/Bramwell Enan

2 options!

Date: Mondays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: April 15 – June 10, 2024  
(8 classes, no class May 20)
Five Spots Left!

OR
Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9pm.
Runs: May 1 – June 19, 2024

(8 classes)
Six Spots Left!

Cost: $380 + Membership*

'Field of Grass (A) (Open Series)' by Bramwell Enan.  Etched plaster, screen print, wood
'Field of Grass (A) (Open Series)' by Bramwell Enan. Etched plaster, screen print, wood
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.

Digital Darkroom
w/Lisa Stinner-Kun

Date: Saturdays, 10am – 1pm.
Runs: April 20 – June 15, 2024  
(8 classes, no class May 18)
Five Spots Left

Cost: $350 + Membership*

"Taylor (executive hallway)" by Lisa Stinner-Kun, 2024
This class will introduce you to the fundamental technical, aesthetic and conceptual practices often used in digital photo-based imaging.  Through thoughtful lectures, tutorials, class discussions, and mini-critiques of assignments, we will explore a wide range of artistic possibilities using digital cameras (including cell phone cameras), scanners, and Photoshop. This course will help you develop a solid technical foundation in digital imaging, which will in turn allow you to focus on the successful creation of your digital artwork.

Lisa Stinner-Kun’s artwork is concerned with the photographic reconstruction of the human-built environment. Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Photography, Stinner-Kun has shown her photographic work in exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her Construct series was recently featured in Medium Format Magazine. Stinner-Kun has been a regular instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, where she received her BFA.

Introduction to Etching:
Copper Plates
w/Nora Kobrinsky

Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: April 24 – June 12, 2024
(8 classes)
Six Spots Left!

Cost: $380 + Membership*

"Ah Granada" by 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: Sunday May 26, 12 – 5 pm 
& Sunday June 2 , 10am – 5 pm
Six Spots Left!

Cost: $205 + Membership*

'Untitled' by Ali James Screen Print 2023
'Untitled' by Ali James Screen Print 2023

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.

Letterpress Cards and Carving Workshop
w/Sean McLachlan

Date: Saturday May 4, 1 – 5pm
& Sunday May 5, 1 – 5pm
FULL!

 Cost: $195 + Membership*

Letterpress 2

This letterpress workshop will focus on printing hand carved two-colour linocut illustrations and pairing them with hand set letterpress type. Participants can make greeting style cards, or a small edition of prints.

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.

Intro to Reduction Linocut Printing Workshop
w/ Desa Kalem

Date: Saturdays, April 13, 20 & 27,
10am – 1pm, each day
Five Spots Left!

 Cost: $190 + Membership*

Martha Sign

In this three-class workshop, you will be introduced to tools and supplies needed for linocut printing. Desa will demonstrate how to create prints using a three-colour reduction method. At the end of this printmaking workshop, you will go home with your own edition of ten prints. 

Desa Kalem is an artist and art educator. She graduated from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in 2022. Her art has been shown in local and regional exhibitions. 

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.