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 at (204) 779-6253 or by email at education@printmakers.mb.ca

2019 Fall Courses & Workshops

FULL! Letterpress
w/ Sean McLachlan

Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: September 18 – October 9, 2019 (4 weeks)

Cost: $150 + Membership*

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Students will learn the basic principles & processes of type sorting & setting. They will gain an understanding for the methods of both proofing, and platen presses. Students are encouraged to gather words, poetry, and short stories to help create posters, cards, and other relief prints using this traditional medium of movable type.

Sean McLachlan is a Winnipeg based artist who recently completed a series of sculptures on Lily Street in downtown Winnipeg. Sean has worked at Martha Street Studio for 9 years and is using his art to explore the boundary between traditional and digital printmaking technologies, and is co-founder of Letter Peddler Press.

FULL! Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints
w/ Peter Graham

Date: Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: September 12 – October 17, 2019 (6 weeks)

Cost: $275 + Membership*

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Traditional Japanese woodblock printing is an elegant, green and low-tech process that works easily in a home studio without a press. With its waterborne pigments, which are applied with brushes and printed by hand, mokuhanga allows for soft and painterly relief prints. During the workshop we will touch on all aspects of the process: transferring images to woodblocks, carving with Japanese tools, using the kento registration system, and printing with brushes and a baren.

Peter Graham is one of our technicians and he also plays with model trains.

Advanced Screen Printing​
w/ Alison James

Date: Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: November 7 – December 12, 2019 (6 weeks)

Cost: $250 + Membership*

Screen Print

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.

Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries and film festivals. 

FULL! Introductory Screen Printing​
w/ Lisa Mendis

Date: Tuesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: September 24 – November 12, 2019 (8 weeks)

Cost: $300 + Membership*

Screen Printing Course

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.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. She is a published illustrator, printmaker, art educator and comic book creator.

Introduction to Etching: Copper Plates
w/ Nora Kobrinsky

Date: Saturdays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
Runs: October 5 – December 7, 2019 (8 weeks)
No Class on Oct. 12 & Nov. 9
Cost: $250 + Membership*

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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.

FULL! Introduction to Reductive Linocut
w/ Kelly Campbell

Date: Mondays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: September 23 – November 25, 2019 (8 weeks)
No Class on Oct. 14 & Nov. 11
Cost: $275 + Membership*

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Create an edition of bold, graphic linocut prints with up to five colour layers while using only one lino block with the reductive linocut technique. Learn how to prepare your image in advance for a successful print and use creative inking to achieve depth and texture.

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.

FULL! Screen Printing Basics Workshop
w/ Alison James

Date: Saturday November 23, 2 -6 pm 
& Sunday November 24, 11 – 6 pm

Cost: $175 + Membership*

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This two–day workshop will focus on the basics of screen printing including an orientation to the specific equipment and spaces used at Martha Street.  Great for the beginner or to refresh your skills.

Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries and film festivals. 

FULL! Letterpress Holiday Card Workshop
w/ Sean McLachlan

Date: Saturday November 30, 2 -6 pm 
& Sunday December 1, 12 – 5 pm

Cost: $175 + Membership*

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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 who recently completed a series of sculptures on Lily Street in downtown Winnipeg.  Sean has worked at Martha Street Studio for 9 years and is using his art to explore the boundary between traditional and digital printmaking technologies, and is co-founder of Letter Peddler Press.

Want to register? Please contact us at (204) 779-6253 or by email at education@printmakers.mb.ca