CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Learn a new technique with us to begin or grow your practice!

We offer hands-on in-studio classes in a variety of print techniques with supplies and tools included. All classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable print-artists .

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Upcoming Classes:

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Sold Out! Etching with B.I.G. (Baldwin Intaglio Ground)

Instructor - Kate Baillies

2 Day Workshop

Sunday, May 29th and June 5th, 2022

10:00am - 3:00pm

 

Explore using a safer alternative to traditional solvent-based etching grounds. B.I.G. is a versatile etching ground developed by Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Printmaking Studio (UK).  B.I.G. has all qualities etchers know and love about hard / soft ground —minus the VOC’s, plus it’s super-easy to use!

Students having prior experience with etching techniques (i.e., hard ground, soft ground, and aquatint) is recommended.

Etching with B.I.G. will cover: 

 

  • Exploring products and practices for a green printmaking studio

  • Using B.I.G. as a hard ground and soft ground

  • Using Coffee Lift as a Sugar Lift alternative

  • Using Aquatint technique

  • Operating our Studio presses

  • Pulling prints made from the B.I.G. etchings

  • Using registration print with multiple plates 

 

$235.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST.

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Class limited to 5 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old

 

Instructor Bio

 

Kate has a formal education in Art and Art Education from OCAD and NSCAD universities. She has taught children and adults in workshop, classroom, studio and on-line settings.  Since 2015 she has established her own green printmaking practice through residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking.  Kate is active with the Alberta Printmakers through teaching, committee work, studio projects and studio rental.   

 

Her artwork can be found in the Alberta Art Foundation, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Collection, The Calgary Public Library Central Location, and in corporate and private collections.

 

Instagram: @katebaillies

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Sold out! Intro to Screen Printing
Instructor - Ryan Statz
3 Day Workshop
June 12th, 19th and 26th, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm 

Back by popular demand! Screen printing (or silkscreen) is a printmaking technique where layers of ink are pulled through a mesh screen to create a wonderfully detailed image, often with multiple layers of transparent ink interacting with one another. In this comprehensive workshop, students will gain an understanding of the processes involved in creating a screen print on paper within a professional printmaking studio and will leave with the knowledge and experience required to produce work independently.
 

Intro to Screen Printing will cover:

  • Both analogue and digital methods of creating stencils

  • Coating a screen with emulsion

  • Burning the screen on the exposure unit

  • Mixing ink

  • Registering multiple layers

  • Pulling prints

  • Cleaning/ reclaiming screens


$325.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST

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Class limited to 4 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old


Instructor Bio


Originally from Montreal Quebec, Statz completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2000, and received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Print Media at Concordia University in 2008. Currently based in Calgary Alberta, Statz’s work has been exhibited across Canada, The United States, and Europe.

Instagram: @statzart

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Sold Out! Intro to Letterpress

Instructor - Michelle Wiebe

1 Day Workshop

June 19th, 2022

10:00am - 3:00pm

 

Get Started with Letterpress printing and try our new platen presses and our trusty Vandercook! Looking for a quick and  beautiful way to do relief printing? Using printing presses will give you the speed and flexibility to take your art to the next level. Compatible with Linocut printing, Polymer plates and Woodcuts, this class gives you the knowledge to lock these things up with lead type or on their own in our user friendly presses! 

 

Intro to Letterpress will cover: 

 

  • Operation of Vandercook SP-15 Cylinder Press

  • Operation of Craftsman Superior and Kelsey 5 x8 Platen Press

  • Tools and Terminology for Letterpress

  • Basic Lock-Up Techniques

  • Printing Linocut and Type

  • Machine Clean-Up 

  • Troubleshooting printing issues

 

$125.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST.

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Class limited to 6 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old

 

Instructor Bio

 

Michelle Wiebe is a Cochrane, Alberta-based artist focused primarily on painting, printmaking and letterpress. With a great fondness for all things print, you can find her fixing rusty presses or spending time printing at Alberta Printmakers. Michelle is a passionate instructor with a deep love for teaching, she makes it her goal that students leave her class with quality work and the confidence to continue building their new skills.

Instagram: @mw.artco

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New! Essentials of Drypoint on Plexiglas

Instructor - Kate Baillies

1 Day Workshop

July 10th, 2022

10:00am - 4:00pm

 

Why draw and etch on metal when you can use Plexiglas? In this workshop, Kate will guide you through drypoint techniques using Plexiglas to explore drawing and printmaking. As this intaglio method is “additive”, drawing on Plexi can create a very delicate image or rich overlay of incised marks, translating into a velvety printed surface. This workshop will provide experienced printmakers with an opportunity to explore mark-making from a playful vantage point. There will be lots of time to ask questions and explore qualities to use in developing an intaglio print.

Essentials of Drypoint on Plexiglas will cover: 

 

  • Preparation and properties of Plexiglas plates

  • Image development process

  • Use of a variety of hand and power tools for mark making 

  • Inking and wiping of plates to bring out  unique qualities in the drypoint image

  • Printing on our Studio presses

 

$135.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST.

Register Here

 

Class limited to 6 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old

 

Instructor Bio

 

Kate has a formal education in Art and Art Education from OCAD and NSCAD universities. She has taught children and adults in workshop, classroom, studio and on-line settings.  Since 2015 she has established her own green printmaking practice through residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking.  Kate is active with the Alberta Printmakers through teaching, committee work, studio projects and studio rental.   
 
Her artwork can be found in the Alberta Art Foundation, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Collection, The Calgary Public Library Central Location, and in corporate and private collections.

 

Instagram: @katebaillies

 

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New! Fabric Fundamentals Lab

Instructor - Skye Louis

1 Day Workshop

July 17th, 2022

10:00am - 5:00pm

 

Experiment with the wonderful world of textile screen printing with this introduction to working with fabric! The emphasis in this class is on understanding basic concepts you need to know to successfully print on fabric, as well as a chance to try out interesting inks and  materials. Using shared class silkscreens, we will layer imagery to create printed designs on reclaimed fabric. We will coat and expose a photo emulsion screen and touch on key technical considerations for printing on fabric. 

Fabric Fundamentals Lab will cover: 

 

  • Understanding your screen, fabric, and squeegee options, so that you can make informed choices

  • Demonstration of photo emulsion coating and exposure

  • What to consider when designing imagery for printing on textiles and specific techniques for pulling prints on fabric

  • A chance to try out some unusual inks and experimental processes

  • Make prints that last! How to finish and care for your textile print.  

 

$150.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST.

Register Here

 

Class limited to 5 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old

 

Instructor Bio

Skye is a community-based printmaker and arts educator and frequently collaborates with local organizations. Skye focuses on making complex ideas and skills accessible through hands-on, interactive learning. Skye is a member of CADA’s Artist As Changemaker cohort and Alberta Printmakers. 


Website: www.skyelouis.com 

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Intro to Letterpress

Instructor - Michelle Wiebe

1 Day Workshop

July 24th, 2022

10:00am - 3:00pm

 

Get Started with Letterpress printing and try our new platen presses and our trusty Vandercook! Looking for a quick and  beautiful way to do relief printing? Using printing presses will give you the speed and flexibility to take your art to the next level. Compatible with Linocut printing, Polymer plates and Woodcuts, this class gives you the knowledge to lock these things up with lead type or on their own in our user friendly presses! 

 

Intro to Letterpress will cover: 

 

  • Operation of Vandercook SP-15 Cylinder Press

  • Operation of Craftsman Superior and Kelsey 5 x8 Platen Press

  • Tools and Terminology for Letterpress

  • Basic Lock-Up Techniques

  • Printing Linocut and Type

  • Machine Clean-Up 

  • Troubleshooting printing issues

 

$125.00 Supplies included, prices not subject to GST.

Register Here

 

Class limited to 6 Participants

Adults 18+ Years Old

 

Instructor Bio

 

Michelle Wiebe is a Cochrane, Alberta-based artist focused primarily on painting, printmaking and letterpress. With a great fondness for all things print, you can find her fixing rusty presses or spending time printing at Alberta Printmakers. Michelle is a passionate instructor with a deep love for teaching, she makes it her goal that students leave her class with quality work and the confidence to continue building their new skills.

Instagram: @mw.artco

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Looking for a refresher or to hone your technique?
A One on One Tutorial might be right for you!

You can arrange to learn at your own pace from a professional artist right in our studio!  We have instructors available to teach lithography, etching/intaglio, relief, and silkscreen processes. Contact us with your query and we will seek to arrange your private lessons, subject to Studio and instructor availability.

 

Please note - one on one tutorials are not as comprehensive as a workshop and not meant to be an alternative to them.   A/P staff may require a few weeks lead time to make arrangements with potential instructors.

Cancellation Policy

If you have registered for an in-studio class or workshop at A/P but are unable to attend, we require that you notify us as soon as possible, and no later than 7 days before the class or workshop to receive a full refund. Registrants who cancel with 6 days or less notice will receive 50% of their registration fee. Once the class or workshop has begun, A/P is unable to issue a refund as we are subject to a minimum enrolment in order to run. If A/P cancels a course due to low enrolment, notice will be given at least 5 days in advance with a full refund issued. 

Special Thanks to A/P's Studio-Based Education Programming Sponsor​
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Access to many of the printmaking supplies required for for A/P's in-studio and online educational programming is generously supported by our community sponsor Inglewood Art Supplies.

Inglewood Art Supplies also provides A/P members with 20% off in-store purchases with proof of A/P membership!

Become a member today to receive your A/P Membership Card.