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Second State Press offers a variety of classes exploring printmaking techniques.   Class sizes are limited to no more than 8 students, unless otherwise noted.

SPRING CLASSES

Classes include:

  • NEW: Makers Series Tea Towel Workshop
  • NEW: Papermaking for Printmakers
  • Photogravure Workshop
  • Collograph: Printing with Texture
  • Quick and Dirty Screen Printing
  • Forearms of Steel: Advanced Screen Printing
  • Repeat Pattern +Printing on Fabric
  • Printing on Fabric: Tea Towels

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Makers Series Tea Towel Workshop

Class Date & Time:

Friday, April 28th        6-9 PM

Instructor: Jennifer McTague

This workshop is similar to our Printing on Fabric: Tea Towels class but with a twist! In our professional printmaking studio, instructor Jennifer McTague will teach you all you need to know to custom screen print your own tea towels. You will have the opportunity to draw your own design (or trace one of ours!), expose a shop screen, and screen print your design on fabric. Libations and snacks will also be provided! This workshop includes all materials, you only have to bring your ideas! Each student will leave with three tea towels. Proceeds from this class will benefit Fishtown Playschool.

Instructor Bio:  Jennifer McTague is the Co-Founding Director at Second State Press. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University for Printmaking and Art History and her MA from New York University for Visual Arts Administration concentrating on non-profit organizations.  In the past, McTague has worked for The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Dieu Donné, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and several other non-profit arts organizations in New York, NY. McTague currently teaches professional development courses at Tyler School of Art and Drawing I and Drawing II: Figure Drawing at Philadelphia University. Jenn and her husband, Co-Founder Zach Lindenberger, are Fishtown Playschool parents.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $50




 

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Papermaking for Printmakers

Class Dates & Times:

Saturday, June 17th from 10-2 PM at Paper Think Tank (3240 Collins Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134)

AND Saturday, June 24th from 10-2 PM at Second State Press

Instructors: Nicole Donnelly at Paper Think Tank and Zach Lindenberger at Second State Press

Using abaca, cotton rag, and kozo fibers, Papermaking for Printmakers will introduce printmakers to some of the best fibers for woodblock, etching, and combination printing techniques, including papers ideal for chine colle. On June 17th, Nicole Donnelly will work with students in her wet paper studio at Paper Think Tank. Students will make up to 10 sheets of handmade paper ideal for various printing techniques. Then, on June 24th, Zach Lindenberger teach and assist students printmaking techniques for their newly made paper, including the best way to use chin colle in printmaking.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $150




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Collograph: Printing with Texture

Class Dates & Times:

Sunday, May 28th from 1-4PM

Sunday, June 25th from 1-4PM

Instructor: Heather McMordie

Collograph is a beautifully simple printing process that uses subtle texture to create an image. Students will create low-relief printable collages and learn two methods of inking and printing. Bring found materials and favorite textures to incorporate into your plate! Class cost includes two hours of shop time to be used to print the final edition.

Class Cost & Material Fee: $90


Class Dates


 

Photogravure Workshop

Class Dates & Times:

Friday, April 21st from 6-9 PM & Saturday, April 22nd from Noon-7PM

Friday, June 16th from 6-9 PM & Saturday, June 17th from Noon-7PM

Instructor: Nicolas Jenkins

Reproduce a full tonal photograph by developing, etching, and printing your own copper plate photogravure. In Nicolas Jenkins’ expansive two-day workshop students will learn the steps of this 19th century technique.

Participants will leave this class with an understanding of the photogravure process, an etched copper plate photogravure, and a number of proofs of their very own image.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $250


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Quick and Dirty Screen Printing

Class Dates & Times*:

Saturday, May 6th 12-3 PM
Saturday, June 18th 12-3PM
Saturday, July 1st 12-3 PM

Instructor:  Ashley Limés

Quick and Dirty Screen Printing is the perfect class for someone who is new to printmaking and is ready to roll up their sleeves to have some fun.  Screen printing is a popular printmaking medium that allows you to create multiple prints with relative ease and little equipment.  In this class Philadelphia artist and Galbrith & Paul printer, Ashley Limés, will guide you through the main steps of making a screen print. Students in this class will learn how to draw a film positive, expose a shop screen, and print their design on paper.  This class includes all materials, students only have to bring their ideas about something to draw.  Students will leave with an edition of prints and the knowledge and confidence to create screen prints.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $90


Class Dates


* Don’t see a Quick and Dirty class that works for your schedule?  This is a regularly offered class and more dates will be posted for each term.

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Screen print detail by Ashley Limés

Forearms of Steel: Advanced Screen Printing

Class Dates & Times*:

Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st 11-3 PM
Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th 11-3 PM
Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th 11-3 PM

Instructor:  Ashley Limés

If you’ve made a photo silkscreen in the past and would like to strengthen your skills by learning the trick to tight registration with multiple layered screen prints and experiment with color, this is the class for you. We will create an edition of 10 screen prints with up to four colors, using a mixture of hand­-drawn and digital imagery. Instructor will contact students prior to class to gather a photo or digital image and prepare a digital image for student use in class. Cost of class includes materials and each student will go home with their own set of registration pins.

Instructor Bio: Ashley Limés holds a BFA in Printmaking and Art History from Temple University and has nurtured her printmaking skills with organizations such as The Print Center, Second State Press, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The Women’s Studio Workshop, Space 1026, and her current position as a Textile Printer at Galbraith & Paul. Implementing the mediums of drawing and printmaking, her artistic practice focuses on the language of architecture and geology in order to create environments which promote a connection with ourselves and the external world.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $200


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Repeat Fabric Class

Repeat Pattern + Printing on Fabric

Class Dates & Times*:

Sunday, April 30th   10AM- 4 PM with Jennifer McTague
Sunday, June 11th 10AM- 4PM with Shelby Donnelly

This class is perfect for someone who wants to turn their drawings into repeat patterns to print larger designs. Students in this class will learn how to draw a film positive, coat and expose a shop screen, and print their design on fabric.  This class includes all materials, students only have to bring their ideas about something to draw.  Students will leave with fabric printed with their design.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $200


Dates


tea towel class

Printing on Fabric: Tea Towels

Class Dates & Times*:

Friday, April 28th 6-9 PM
Wednesday, May 10th   6-9 PM
Wednesday, June 7th  6-9 PM

Instructor:  Jennifer McTague

This fun introductory class is perfect for someone who wants to learn the basics of printing on fabric. Students in this class will learn how to draw a film positive, expose a shop screen, and print their design on fabric.  This class includes all materials, students only have to bring their ideas about something to draw.  Students will leave with three tea towels with their design.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $50


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Refund Policy

100% refund for classes cancelled by Second State Press.
100% refund if you cancel your registration two weeks or more before the first day of a class.
50% refund if you cancel your registration one week or more before the first day of the class.
No refunds for missed sessions.