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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.


Classes include:

  • Quick and Dirty Screen Printing
  • NEW: Forearms of Steel: Advanced Screen Printing
  • NEW: Create Custom Coasters
  • Talking Lines: Hard-ground Etching and Narrative
  • Mezzotint is Not A Dirty Word
  • NEW: Exquisite Corpses : Etchings from the Mütter Museum’s Collection of Anatomical Anomalies
  • ​NEW:Printing without a Press: The Gauguin Monotype

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Quick and Dirty-WEB

Quick and Dirty Screen Printing

Class Dates & Times*:

Saturday, December 19th 12-3 PM
Saturday, January 30th 12-3 PM
Saturday, February 20th 12-3 PM
Saturday, March 19th 12-3 PM
Saturday, April 16th 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:  $83

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.


Screen print detail by Ashley Limés

Forearms of Steel: Advanced Screen Printing

Class Dates & Times*:

Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th 11-2 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 screenprints 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:  $160


Create Custom Coasters

Sunday, December 20th 12-3 PM*
Saturday, February 6th 12-3 PM
Instructor: Scott Porcelli

Make a set of custom coasters and learn the basics of silkscreen printing and design in a three hour workshop at Second State Press. Students will draw designs, expose a screen, and print a set of 12 coasters, which make a great holiday gift, or festive decoration for your own home. Come to the class with an idea, sketch, or get inspired by the collection of coasters designed by Fob Holders. *Please note date change, December’s class is on the 20th.

Instructor Bio: Scott Porcelli lives and works in Lansdowne, PA.  Porcelli received his MFA in printmaking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2012) and a BFA from Kutztown University (2009). In 2014 Porcelli worked for the Wassaic Project editioning screen prints for their Artist Editions Program. His studio practice focuses on themes of spirituality and mysticism, and depicts figures within the landscape.

Class Cost & Material Fee: $50

Class Dates

Etching detail by Mollie Goldstrom

Talking Lines: Hard-ground Etching and Narrative

Saturday, January 16th 12-6PM
Instructor: Mollie Goldstrom

In this two part workshop, the process of hard-ground etching will be demystified, from the application of ground on a copper plate, to the printing of a small edition. Learn and get comfortable with the basics of this medium, while exploring its versatility through examining examples ranging from the 16th century to the present, with a focus on the narrative.

Instructor Bio: Mollie Goldstrom received an MFA in printmaking from The University of Iowa in 2013. Her artistic practice is largely based in drawing and intaglio, the imagery a narrative synthesis of disparate topics. She has held residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha NE, AS220 in Providence RI, C-Scape in Provincetown, MA, and most recently Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $100

mezzotint by Shawn Smith

Mezzotint by Shawn Smith

Mezzotint is Not a Dirty Word

Saturday, January 23rd 12-6PM
Instructor: Shawn Smith

A one-day mezzotint, movie, and BYOB (optional) workshop. This class will introduce the mezzotint process; a tonal intaglio method, in which plates are “rocked” to create a texture that holds ink. This workshop will take you through all the steps of  rocking and preparing your plate, developing your imagery, and printing on our etching presses, all while enjoying the absolutely necessary recreation of libations and moving pictures. This workshop is to introduce, promote, and challenge the misconceptions of this wonderful, yet commonly eluded intaglio method.

Instructor Bio: Shawn Smith graduated with a MFA in 2D Studies from the University of Arizona in 2012 and earned his BFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in 2009. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, he now teaches printmaking at the Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood. Shawn has been practicing mezzotint since 2007 and has received regional, national, and international recognition for his prints. He was recently awarded the Foundation Award from the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and his latest work will be displayed in the upcoming 8th International Printmaking Biennial in Portugal.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $100


Exquisite Corpses: Etching from the Mütter Museum’s Collection of Anatomical Anomalies

Two-day workshop, 12-3 PM
February Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st

Instructors: Meredith Sellers and Zach Lindenberger

During this two day workshop make an etching drawn from the objects in collection at the Mutter Museum. The first day of the workshop instructor Meredith Sellers will lead observational drawing instruction of objects in the collection at Mutter Museum, including prints, books, skeletons, and skulls. On day two translate your drawing into the rich vocabulary of etched line at Second State Press. Zach Lindenberger will lead you through the process of transferring your drawing onto a prepared copper plate, then etch, and print using a printing press.

Instructor BiosZach Lindenberger earned his MFA in printmaking from Temple University’s Tyler School of art in 2003.  Since then, his love of prints and the processes that produce them have kept him on a close periphery of the field; sometimes teaching students how to make them, sometimes selling them, and always making them.  In 2010 he and his wife, Jennifer McTague, founded Second State Press.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $100

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Monoprint detail by Justine Ditto

Monoprint detail by Justine Ditto

Printing Without a Press: The Gauguin Monotype

Sunday, January 10th 12-3PM
Instructor: Justine Ditto

In this workshop, students will make black & white and multi-color prints using the technique of traced monotype, also known as Gauguin monotypes. This technique was invented by Paul Gauguin during his time in Tahiti when a print shop was not easily accessible. The process itself is very fast and spontaneous -the resulting prints tend to be energetic and line-oriented. We will be making numerous prints during the class and exploring different means of applying marks and pulling negatives. Students are encouraged to bring drawings and prints from which to draw, though it is not required.

Instructor Bio: Justine Ditto is a printmaker and mixed media artist studying printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ditto specializes in lithography, intaglio, and monotype.

Class Cost & Material Fee:  $50

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.