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

2020 Spring Courses & Workshops

Digital Darkroom  – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Lisa Stinner-Kun

Date: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm.
Runs: April 4 – June 6, 2020 (8 weeks)
No class on April 11 & May 16
Cost: $300 + Membership*

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This course explores a variety of Adobe Photoshop techniques that will allow students to improve their existing photographs and produce new images.  Image enhancement techniques for manipulating density, colour balance and sharpness will be covered as well as using masking, layers, alpha channels and basic compositing. A rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop is an asset to taking the class.

Lisa has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally.  She is also an accomplished architectural photographer

Introductory Screen Printing – Cancelled due to COVID-19

w/ Lisa Mendis

Date: Mondays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: April 6 – June 1, 2020 (8 weeks)
No Class May 18
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.

Advanced Screen Printing – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Alison James

Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: April 8 – May 27, 2020 (8 weeks)

Cost: $300 + Membership*

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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. 

Introduction to Reductive Linocut – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Kelly Campbell

Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm.
Runs: April 22 – June 10, 2020 (8 weeks)

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.

Lithography – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Jonathan S. Green

Date: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm.
Runs: April 18 – June 13, 2020 (8 weeks)
No Class on May 16
Cost: $300 + Membership*

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Invented in 1796, lithography is one of the most recent reproductive printing techniques, and still carries strong relevance today. It captures the nuances of the hand in a drawing-based production technique that is accessible to art students at any learning level. The student of this course will learn and acquire the skills to print their lithographs in black and white.

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.

Collagraph – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Ann Rallison

Date: Mondays, 6 – 9 pm
Runs: May 25 – June 29, 2020 ( 6 weeks)

Cost: $250 + Membership*

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A collagraph is a print created from a collage. The matrix of the plate is matt board and materials such as string, fabric, salt oats, etc are used to create texture. Once sealed the collage is inked up with a variety of colours.  

Born and educated in England, Ann obtained her first degree from the University of Liverpool and subsequent degrees from University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.  Ann has been an active member of Martha Street Studio for many years as an instructor, studio renter and Board member. She has tried many forms of printmaking and continues to enjoy learning, as well as teaching. 

Screen Printing Basics Workshop – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Alison James

Date: Saturday June 27, 2 – 6 pm 
& Sunday June 28, 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. 

Spontaneous Screen Printing – Cancelled due to COVID-19
w/ Suzie Smith

Date: Saturday June 6, 2 – 6 pm 
& Sunday June 7, 12 – 4 pm
***ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT***
Cost: $135 + Membership*

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Exploring ways different print-based artists incorporate spontaneity and alternative process into their work, this workshop will demonstrate multiple methods for creating one-of-a-kind screen prints. By moving, layering, and repeating a small number of shapes/ images participants will create their own series of unique prints. This workshop is open to participants of all skill levels.

Suzie Smith is an artist who works with printmaking and design that expands into sculpture, installation and video. Her work often incorporates the deconstruction and transformation of objects and materials in an attempt to create new or multiple meanings. Smith often creates systems and structures for her process that act as a tool to build, take apart and push against. In addition to her own practice she is a founding member of Parameter Press.

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