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 Fall Courses & Workshops

Intermediate Screen Printing – 
w/ Lisa Mendis – only 4 spots!

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Runs: September 8 – October 1
(4 weeks, 8 classes)

Cost: $350 + Membership*

Screen Printing Course

For those who have taken our Intro to Screenprinting or have prior experience. This class is designed to offer students a more self-focused approach while working in the medium they are familiar with. Instructor guidance will help individual students refresh their skills and produce new, colourful prints of their design.

Lisa Mendis is a Winnipeg based illustrator, print maker and graphic novelist. She received her BFA(Honours) from the University of Manitoba where she fell in love with the process of screen printing and has ten years experience in the medium. Lisa works in digital, traditional pen and ink, and has published her first full length graphic novel “Curb Angels” in late 2019. In her daily life Lisa also teaches adult and youth art classes at several local studios and schools.

Introduction to Reductive Linocut –
w/ Kelly Campbell     FULL

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Runs: October 6 – October 29
(4 weeks, 8 classes)

Cost: $325 + 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

Mezzotint – You want it darker
w/ Jonathan S. Green
only 2 spots left!

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Runs: November 3 – November 26
(4 weeks, 8 classes)

Cost: $350 + Membership*

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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 subtilties 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.

Spontaneous Screen Printing Workshop 
w/ Suzie Smith

Date: Saturday July 25, 1-5 pm &
Sunday July 26, 1-5 pm – FULL!
OR
Saturday August 15, 1-5 pm &
Sunday August 16, 1-5 pm – FULL!

Cost: $160 + 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.

Intro to Coptic Binding Workshop
w/Debra Frances Plett only 2 spots left

Date: Tuesday December 1 &
Thursday December 3, 6-9 pm – 

Cost: $150 + Membership*

Coptic Binding with wooden covers by Debra Frances Plett

Coptic binding dates back to the 4th century and is perfect for creating unique sketch books, journals, guest books or photo books. Because of its unique structure, the pages of a Coptic-bound book will lay completely flat creating a book that is flexible without sacrificing strength. In this workshop participants will create two books, one with customized covers using decorative paper and one with traditional wooden covers, binding them together using the two needle Coptic stitch.

Debra Frances Plett is a bookbinder and book artist drawn to the beauty, strength and versatility of the book. Her first experience of book binding was a class at Martha Street Studio.  Since then she has earned her core certificate in book arts at MCBA in Minneapolis where she is currently pursuing the advanced certificate with a focus on historical bindings.

Long-stitch and Link Stitch Binding Workshop    FULL
w/Debra Frances Plett

Date: Tuesday December 8 &
Thursday December 10, 6-9 pm

Cost: $150 + Membership*

Long Stitch Link Stitch Wooden Spine

Learn how to bind a book using the long stitch, link stitch binding method, a centuries-old technique that originated in medieval Germany. In this updated version we will be using handmade St. Armand paper for the covers and sewing through a wooden spine to create a sturdy sketchbook or journal.

Debra Frances Plett is a bookbinder and book artist drawn to the beauty, strength and versatility of the book. Her first experience of book binding was a class at Martha Street Studio.  Since then she has earned her core certificate in book arts at MCBA in Minneapolis where she is currently pursuing the advanced certificate with a focus on historical bindings.

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