Located near downtown Atlanta, APS offers the community classes in a wide range of techniques, utilizing equipment available in our printmaking studio. The small, hands-on classes foster creative exchange with instructors and fellow students, and all classes are led by professional artists actively working in Atlanta’s print community, as well as, talented visiting artists. Choose a class that explores a new interest, or refines previous experience. Both beginners and advanced professional artists will find classes at appropriate skill levels. On the occasion that a class requires some experience, we will note that in the course listing. Class sizes are limited so that each student will receives quality-individualized instruction. Please read on for detailed descriptions of classes and workshops, pricing, and instructors’ biographical statement listed below.
Aside from our regular schedule of classes and workshops, we are also happy to provide demonstrations and workshops for adults or children throughout the community. Learn more about custom workshops in our outreach programs.
Registering for a Class or Workshop
Cost of Workshops Vary Depending on the Processes & Expenses Involved
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GIVE THE GIFT OF A CLASS OR WORKSHOP
Buy a gift certificate for the APS class or workshop of your choice - or for a dollar amount! Let your creative loved ones experience a class or workshop taught by APS's community of professional artist-instructors. To purchase a gift certificate contact Kathy Garrou, Executive Director
For cancellations made at least 10 days prior to the first class/workshop, we will refund 100% of the full tuition minus a $10 administrative fee, or give 100% credit towards a future APS class to be used within the following 3 months. For cancellations made with less than 10 days notice, you will receive a 50% refund. No refund is available if student cancels within 48 hours of the class/workshop unless we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list.
APS reserves the right to cancel any class because of low enrollment; you will be notified and your class fee will be refunded.
Fall 2018 Workshops – Watch for Additional Listings
Letterpress: Traditional Presswork & New Directions
Instructor: Nicholas Silberg
Saturday & Sunday: October 13-14, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm each day
Spend the weekend in the studio with Nicholas Silberg discovering a range of letterpress techniques. This workshop will explore the interaction between handset type and alternative type-high materials in letterpress while focusing on innovative relief forms, color mixing, and layering to create thought provoking imagery. Processes will include traditional typesetting, relief, modular forms, masking and pressure printing. Students can choose to print editions, monoprints, or monotypes. Open to novices and experienced letterpress artists – no prior letterpress experience required.
Nicholas Silberg is a Teaching Artist, Professor and Department Chair at Savannah State University where he is responsible for among other things teaching the Printmaking curriculum. He is highly involved with the Ashantilly Press Project in Darien, Georgia where he teaches handset type and relief classes. Recently, he has helped to reopen a letterpress teaching space at the Pioneer Settlement for the Arts in Barberville, Florida. Nicholas holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nicholas has received winter residencies from Penland School of Crafts, and has recently chaired a conference panel entitled “Slinging Ink in the South.” Nicholas has shown work nationally and internationally with work in several permanent collections.
Make a Reading Journal!
Instructor: Stephanie Van Parys
Sunday: November 11, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Come make a reading journal for yourself or as a gift for a special person in your life who loves to read. Students will print their own pages on the Vandercook letterpress using a polymer plate created by Stephanie Van Parys that they then will fold, sew, and bind into a hardcover book. Each page includes a place to write the title, author, date read, and what the reader thought of the book. A reading journal is a timeless treasure that helps you keep track of the books you've read. All materials will be provided including a fun array of decorative papers to create a beautiful cover. Students of all levels are welcome. Cost of materials are included in the workshop.
Stephanie Van Parys is by day the Executive Director of Wylde Center and on the weekends after weeding her garden, steadily puts together books as part of her Ansley Street Press sideshow. In 2015, Stephanie took a year of bookmaking classes and filled her shelf with many blank journals. It was after seeing an exhibit at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, that she felt inspired to learn how to fill her books with printed pages. That led her to the Atlanta Printmakers Studio for her first letterpress class. Stephanie has developed a passion for letterpress and book – enjoying time on the press and building books from scratch over and over again.
THE TINY PRESS SESSIONS
The Tiny Press Sessions are a new series of 3-hour stand alone workshops
Each Tiny Press Session, unless otherwise noted, is $75 APS Members / $85 Non Members / $110 Register & Become a Member
Fall 2018 Tiny Press Sessions
Screenprint File Preparation
Instructor: Philip Muller
File Prep techniques will be broadly divided into 2 separate workshops: Illustration and Photographic Separations. You may sign up for one or both sessions. Both workshops are encouraged as the skill sets will compliment each other and become more advanced. There is a discount for signing up for both.
It will be helpful for participants to bring a digitized sketch or image to adapt into a screen print (it can be rough). A laptop with Photoshop or a buddy with access will be necessary to follow along. A Wacom or similar drawing tablet is encouraged.
Philip Muller has over 10 years of experience in screenprinting and design. He studied printmaking at the University of South Carolina and textiles at the Rhode IslandSchool of Design. Muller has designed prints for wall coverings and currently designs textiles and prints for flooring. His specialties are in designing repeat pattern and preparing color separation.
Tiny Press Session: Screenprint File Prep: Illustration
Date: Monday, November 5
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
File Prep: Illustration is ideal for anyone who wants to use textures in their art or design or learn how to adapt handmade sketches or paintings into prints whilst retaining the quality of manual techniques. The workshop begins with a review of brushes to understand tools for recreating textures, then covers a range of simple and non-destructive techniques for drawing in separations.
Screenprint File Prep: Photographic Separations
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Photographic Separations begins with a review of tools for reducing photographs to halftones, creating CMYK separations, and using customized separations techniques to achieve desired aesthetics. If time permits, we will review cleaning to eliminate stray and grey pixels and review multi-channel mode as a resource for coloring.
Tiny Press Session: Holiday Card Printing
Date: Friday, November 30
Do you love that beautiful impression in paper you get with letterpress? Would you like some really special Holiday cards to send out this year? Looking for a fun activity to experience with a friend, sister, partner, husband, etc.? If any of these apply to you, please join us for a fun letterpress printing workshop! You will be guided through the printing process and get a taste of what it's like to print your own cards. There will be a selection of various custom designed images to choose from. At the end of the class, you will have learned some basics of letterpress printing, and you will bring home a set of 25 of your very own handmade letterpress cards with matching envelopes. No experience is necessary. Material costs are included in the workshop fees.
Past Workshops with Visiting Artists:
Make A Crankie with Jessica White
June 9-10, 2018
Thanks Jessica White for instructing a very enthusiastic group of students in making crankies!
Crankies are a part of a rich history in visual storytelling through scrolls, or moving panoramas. In the Appalachian region, larger crankies, often candlelit from behind, have been used by traveling musicians who scroll through images that depict the ballads as they sing, almost like a hand-made movie.
Jessica C. White works as a studio artist, teaches workshops at Asheville BookWorks, is an adjunct professor of papermaking and book arts at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, and is the co-founder and co-director of Ladies of Letterpress. Jessica is in several public collections, including the libraries of Yale University, Stanford University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cyanotypes with Terri Dilling
June 23, 2018
Thanks Terri for exploring the various ways to make cyanotypes with workshop participants!
The cyanotype (blue print) was one of the first photographic printing processes invented and will be explored in various ways during this one-day workshop. The instructor will provide paper already prepared, which will be exposed in the sun and rinsed in water.
Terri Dilling is an Atlanta-based painter and printmaker, and she's an active APS Board Member. Terri’s primary printmaking mediums are monotype, screenprint and cyanotype. She received a BA from Indiana University, a BFA Georgia State University, and has also studied visual arts in England, Spain, and Italy. Travels abroad have been very influential on her work which explores the beauty and complexity of the natural world with a focus on its structures, patterns and cycles. Terri has received numerous grants and awards, and her work is collections around the world.
Wood Engraving with Todd Anderson
March 3, 2018
Many thanks to Todd Anderson and his grad students Mandy Ferguson and Allison Johnson for a wonderful workshop!
Todd Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. Anderson worked in the collaborative printmaking field where he earned the title of Master Printer. For the last decade he has worked as a university professor. Anderson resides in South Carolina where he maintains an active studio while serving as the director of printmaking at Clemson University. His work has been widely exhibited at ~100 unique venues nationally and internationally. His artwork has been collected at the highest levels including the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Davis Museum at Wellseley College, Yale University, U.S. Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anderson is represented by Kai Lin Art, Atlanta. His most recent body of collaborative work is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 5th, 2018.
Reductive Relief Printing with Katrina Andry
March 11-12, 2017
Katrina Andry received an MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA in 2010. She currently works and lives in New Orleans where she maintains a studio in her home.
Katrina’s work explores the negative effects stereotypes have on people of color. Where stereotypes are typically used to help us normalize our surroundings by categorizing groups of people, the byproduct of stereotypes is that they also create arbitrary differences between people. Stereotyping establishes an arbitrary set of societal norms/rules that benefit the majority while it disenfranchises other groups of people. Katrina’s work challenges stereotypes placed upon people of color (the Other), that once had scientific research qualifying them, and how these ideas or stereotypes have become a part of how we see each other, whether consciously or unconsciously. In her practice, Katrina often creates large scale (4’ or greater), color reduction wood cuts portraying white men in black face, or more recently, watermelon face acting out a stereotype that is most often placed upon people of color. Katrina specifically uses white men as they are typically seen as figures of authority, and are historically the perpetuators of stereotypes against people of color (though people of color often enforce these same stereotypes in their own communities, but it’s not as pervasive, as people of color are more self-aware of these actions most often). Katrina also uses non-people-of-color in her work so the prints aren’t misperceived as being an expression of black culture. The fact that they are sometimes seen as that, speaks to the truth of how well engrained stereotypes against people of color are in our culture.
Katrina was listed in the January-February 2012 issue of Art in Print as one of the top 50 printmakers. Katrina is an active member of the Staple Goods Collective in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans. She has also been awarded residencies from the Joan Mitchell Center of New Orleans, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.
Diffusion Relief Printing & Screenprint Flocking with Cynthia Thompson
March 11-12, 2017
Cynthia Nourse Thompson is currently Associate Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Book Arts + Printmaking and Studio Arts at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Previously, Thompson served for twelve years as Professor of Book and Paper Arts at Memphis College of Art and the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Thompson has also been visiting faculty at University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy; the prestigious Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy; and the University of Arkansas Rome Program in Rome, Italy teaching both papermaking, book arts and printmaking. Thompson was the recipient of the 2003 Tennessee State Arts Commission Fellowship Grant and has been awarded numerous residencies including Yaddo, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop Book Art Residency, the Visual Studies Workshop Book Art Residency, a residency at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a residency at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Summer Senior Artist in Residence Book Art and Printmaking Residency at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon and most recently a winter letterpress residency at Penland School of Craft. Her work is in the collection of Arkansas State University, the Tennessee State Museum and Dieu Donne Papermill. Thompson received her BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In addition to teaching and curating, previously Thompson worked at Dieu Donne Papermill, Harlan & Weaver Intaglio, Inc. and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, now the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions.