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PECO Second Saturdays at Second State Press is our FREE public program that allows families and students to come together and learn about printmaking every second Saturday of the month from 12 – 2pm. Each workshop is family and student centered giving one-on-one opportunities to make art!

Open to the public; we kindly request you RSVP by calling 215-232-2120 or emailing info@secondstatepress.org.

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Upcoming Workshops

April- ​Seed Saver Screen Printed Books

Saturday, April 8th from noon- 2pm

Spring is in the air and it’s time to enjoy the green outdoors! In this workshop, book artist J. Pascoe will teach students how to make their very own pocket book. Using screen printing, each book will be unique with printed images of Pennsylvania-native and home-garden plants. These Seed Saver Screen Printed Books are ideal for storing seeds or other small treasures. Each participant will leave with a book that they have made and some seeds to store and then plant at home. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Instructor: J. Pascoe
Bio: ​J Pascoe is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pascoe received her BFA in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon (2004) and her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2013). She recently completed a residency focusing on printmaking and book arts at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seyðisfyörður, Iceland and was previously the Spring 2016 Artist in Residence at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, a Visiting Artist at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and a participant in MiXER, a collaborative residency, at D'Clinic Studios, Lendava, Slovenia.

May Workshop

Saturday, May 13th from noon to 2 PM

Instructor: TBD

June- Plant and Grow Your Prints

Saturday, June 10th from noon to 2 PM

Screen print plants and watch them grow!

Instructor: Lauren Pakradooni

July Workshop

Saturday, July 8th from noon to 2 PM

Instructor: TBD

August- Printing from Fabric

Saturday, August 12th from noon-2 PM

Collograph is a beautifully simple printing process that uses subtle texture to create an image. In this workshop, families will use textured fabrics to compose and print colorful images. Students will learn intaglio printing methods and experience printing on one of our four etching presses! Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Instructor: Heather McMordie
Bio: Heather McMordie is an artist and printmaker based in Philadelphia. A graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania, Heather finds balance between artistic and scientific exploration in her work. Her complexly layered prints and drawings are informed by geological processes and soil science. When not making art, Heather is somewhere in the woods looking at rocks and dirt.

September Workshop

Saturday, September 9th from noon to 2 PM

Instructor: TBD

October- Spook-tastic Prints

Saturday, October 14th from noon to 2 PM

Come and enjoy a delightful Halloween themed class at Second State Press! Participants will screen print, color, and assemble paper craft projects focused on creatures of the night. Participants will learn fun facts about these creatures, their diets, habits, lifestyle, and hopefully see them in a new light. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Scott Porcelli
Bio: Scott Porcelli has an MFA in printmaking for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His studio practices utilizes a variety of print methods to create whimsical images of mystics inhabiting the landscape. Halloween has always been his favorite holiday. His favorite costume was dressing up as Cyclops from the X-men (he was 20), and he wishes he could still trick or treat. (more for the thrill of the hunt- I don’t eat candy anymore because I’m afraid of cavities)

November- A Space to Hibernate

Saturday, November 11th from noon to 2 PM

​In the fall, ​many animals are preparing to sleep out the winter until spring time- Learn about animals that hibernate with SSP and screen print a cozy space for your favorite animal! We will be screen printing animals like bears, skunks, and frogs and creating warm dens for them to hide out the winter. There will be a collaborative component where you can add your sleeping animal to a poster diagram. Perfect for ages 5 and up.

Instructor: Ashley Limés
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.

Past Workshops

March- Tote-ally Printing

Saturday, March 11th from noon to 2 PM

Come screen print colorful tote bags with artist/illustrator Justine Kelley! Freestyle print images of animals, shapes and fruits on blank totes. Use your imagination to layer different colors and create your own compositions on a bag that you can carry your things in. Materials will be provided, best for ages 5 and up.

Instructor: Justine Kelley
Bio: Justine is a printmaker/designer/illustrator living in Philadelphia. Visit her website at http://justinekelley.com/

February- Print Your Heart Out!

Saturday, February 11th from noon-2 PM

Families will work together to create Valentine’s Day themed art and cards using both screen printing and relief printing. Participants will have the opportunity to create unique art to keep or to give as a valentine to loved ones and friends. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Jennifer McTague
Bio: Jennifer McTague is an artist and the Co-Founding Executive Director at Second State Press. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art at 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, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, and several other non-profit arts organizations in Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. She also teaches courses at Tyler School of Art and Philadelphia University. Her favorite print medium is screen printing.

DIY Screen print/ Monoprint Mix-up

Saturday, December 10th from noon- 2 PM

In this workshop, students will create a series of monoprints using gelli plates, exploring the possibilities of this expressive medium. Monoprinting allows for a spontaneous, painterly approach to printmaking – each print is one of a kind. In addition, students will be able to print from silkscreens and linoleum blocks which can be combined with their monoprints. Each person will walk away with a unique print that’s a combination of multiple techniques. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Gillian Pokalo
Bio: Gillian Pokalo is a printmaker and art educator based in the Philadelphia area. Her work combines photographic imagery with paintings and monoprints in order to create narratives of places. When she is not in the studio, she teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade art to students at Plymouth Meeting Friends School and adult printmaking classes at the Main Line Art Center. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design. She shows her work in and around Philadelphia, as well as in Raahe, Finland. She is a member of InLiquid and the PA Guild of Craftsmen, and has had a piece on the set of ABC’s “Modern Family”.

Paper Flag Printing Workshop

Saturday, November 12th from noon- 2 PM

Screen print a personalized paper flag! Participants will create two flags and are invited to make their own stencil out of contact paper and also use prepared geometric imagery to print a unique flag design. Dowels and twine will also be provided to add the finishing touch.

Instructor: Ashley Limes
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.

Spooky Screen Prints

Saturday, October 8th from noon- 2 PM
Join us for another spook-tastic Halloween themed PECO class using spiders as our muse! Students will utilize screen printing to create individual pieces as well as a large collaborative group project. Learn fun facts about those fuzzy eight legged party arachnids and help us spin some Halloween fun.
Scott Porcelli is a second year PECO instructor and a forever Halloween enthusiast. He currently works as a teaching artist at Center for Creative Works.

Instructor: Scott Porcelli

Screen Printing + Cotton Candy!

Saturday, September 10th from 11am- 7 PM

Screen print and decorate flags to show your South Kensington Pride at the Arts Carnival!
Hosted by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and presented in conjunction with the Philly Block Project, the Arts Carnival will present a day of food trucks, fun and games, rides, and art-making.

All art making is free and open to the public! For more information on the Arts Carnival, click here.

Instructor: Jennifer McTague

Silk Screened Structures

Saturday August 13th from noon- 2 PM

Using screens with silhouettes of buildings, participants will personalize the stencil by incorporating monoprinting techniques to add the details: doors, windows, people, trees, etc. By using multiple colored inks, brushes, and water-soluble pencils and crayons, each print have a unique painterly effect. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Ryan Parker
Bio: Ryan Parker studied printmaking at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia. He teaches screenprinting at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Screen Printing

Saturday, July 9th from noon- 2 PM

Instructor: Andrew Jeffrey Wright

Print, Construct, Play!

Saturday, June 11th from noon- 2 PM

Lauren Pakradooni and Jennifer McTague will lead this fun and exciting workshop coinciding with the Second Annual Second Saturday Family Exhibition + Celebration. Families and friends will work on a giant collaborative project by printing fabric on SSP’s yardage table and construct a house right in the exhibition!

Instructor: Lauren Pakradooni and Jennifer McTague

Printmaker’s Blues: Introduction of Cyanotypes

Saturday, May 14th from noon- 2 PM

Utilize the power of the Sun to create photographs without the use of a camera!
Cyanotype is an early photo process producing a cyan, or blue-colored print. Photograms are photographic prints created without a camera by placing objects directly on light-sensitive material.
In this class, students will learn these two techniques and combine them to create a group of prints using both drawing and collage…
…And we will develop all of these creations using solar power! Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Mark Rice
Bio: Mark Rice is an artist and musician currently living in Philadelphia, PA. received BFA in printmaking at Indiana University in 2003 touring musician with different musical groups from 2002-2009 gallery founder, Art Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana, 2005-2009 In 2011, he received his MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. adjunct instructor of art history and drawing at University of South Carolina Upstate and was an Artist-in-Residence at Hub-Bub, an independent art gallery and music venue. He currently works as the printmaking instructor at the Center for Creative Works, a non-profit vocational day program for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities focused on therapeutic creative expression.

Screen Print Kites

Saturday, April 9th from noon- 2 PM

In this workshop we will make functional kites! Participants will learn the basics of kite craft, knot tying, and screen printing. All materials will be provided in our studio. Kites offer people of any age a canvas for artistic expression, direct observation of scientific principles, and invigorating sport. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Alice Thompson
Bio: Alice Thompson is the Spring 2016 Fob Fellow for Second State Press. She holds a B.F.A. from Binghamton University (2004), and an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2006), with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. Her creative process is grounded in refined observational drawing skills. She creates evocative works on paper, and installations which incorporate natural and electric light by layering translucent cut paper on windows or in portable light boxes.

Tote-Aly Animal Screen Prints

Saturday, March 12th noon- 2 PM

Families will work together to print one of a kind silkscreen collages onto tote bags that illustrate local Philadelphia wildlife.

Instructor: Amy Cousins

Valentine’s Stamps

Saturday, February 13th from noon- 2 PM

Families will work together to create Valentine’s themed stamps from small EZ cut Blocks. Inspired by the techniques of instructor Christopher Hartshorne, families will print their stamps onto paper to create a unique composition or card to give as a valentine to loved ones and friends. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Chris Hartshorne
Bio: Christopher Hartshorne received his BFA in Illustration from The Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Christopher’s woodcuts have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The William Penn Foundation, The Woodmere Art Museum, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, The Delaware Art Museum, The Romanian Academy in Rome, and The Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge series. He has been a fellow with the Center For Emerging Visual Artists and also with The New Courtland Artist Program. Christopher has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hussian School of Art, and has taught in many community art programs throughout Philadelphia, including The Mural Arts Program. He currently teaches with school connected programs through The Arthur Ross Gallery at The University of Pennsylvania, The Print Center, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Winter Prints- printing with ice, snow, and salt

December 12th from noon to 2 PM

We will be bringing a winter wonderland inside to inspire three print making processes using melting ice, snow crystals and salt! Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Katie Parry
Bio: Katie Parry has a MFA in fibers from Tyler University and a BA from Kenyon College in Ohio. She is an artist and teacher living in West Philadelphia. She spends her time planning curriculum, teaching, and making collaborative animations. She is drawn to things that move because light has moved through them, or pushed up against them, or warmed their faces. She teaches art to children and organizes community projects centered around the hope for re-purposing materials and creating opportunities for exchange.

Impositions and X-Folds

November 14th from noon to 2 PM

Come to this exciting PECO Second Saturday to learn about how to format a single-sheet book and then silkscreen print pre-existing layouts designed by artist J. Pascoe that you can add to, learn how to fold and take home!

Instructor: J. Pascoe
Bio: J. Pascoe is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pascoe received her BFA in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon (2004) and her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2013). Pascoe is currently preparing for a residency at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ but also recently completed a collaborative artist residency program at D’Clinic Studios in Lendava, Slovenia. Her work has been exhibited in various locations around the Philadelphia and NYC area as well as internationally in Slovenia, Scotland, and South Korea. Her work for the last several years has centered on how social settings and urban spaces are navigated by the general populace as well as her own anxiety and discomfort from interactions originating at these sites. Often finished work takes form on paper as prints or artists books and zines with occasional site-specific or temporary installations. You can hear her talk more about her work in an issue of Paper Cuts, an online radio program exploring the contemporary world of zines and independent publishing, to be released late October or early November 2015.

Spook-tastic Print Session!

October 10th from noon to 2PM

Come and enjoy a delightful Halloween themed class at Second State Press! Participants will screen print, color, and assemble paper craft projects focused on creatures of the night (bats and crows / ravens). Participants will learn fun facts about these creatures, their diets, habits, lifestyle, and hopefully see them in a new light. Suitable for ages 5 & up.

Instructor: Scott Porcelli
Bio: Scott Porcelli has an MFA in printmaking for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His studio practices utilizes a variety of print methods to create whimsical images of mystics inhabiting the landscape. Halloween has always been his favorite holiday. His favorite costume was dressing up as Cyclops from the X-men (he was 20), and he wishes he could still trick or treat. (more for the thrill of the hunt- I don’t eat candy anymore because I’m afraid of cavities)

Block Pressed Prints

September 12th from noon-2 PM

Using simple wooden geometric shapes as points of departure, students will create an image depending on how the shapes and colors inspire them. The final product will be mounted on paper for students to take home. Suitable for ages 6 & up.

Instructor: Nancy Citrino
Bio: Nancy Citrino’s art education began at Fleisher Art Memorial, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, and the University of the Arts. Citrino has studies abroad at the University of the Arts, Paris, France: Grate Ages of Paris ; Temple University Abroad, Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy ; University of the Arts, Study Abroad, Provence, France: Impressionism to 20th Century Art . Her academic experience includes: Art Specialist Teacher in the Philadelphia School District; A Master Mentor Teacher, to pre-service teachers at Tyler, University of the Arts, and Moore; adjunct instructor at the University of the Arts; and Art Program at I Bluford Drew Jemison Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academy, Baltimore, MD. In addition, she has presented many printmaking workshops and lectures in the following institutions: The Print Center; University of the Arts; Northwest Regional Art Teachers Workshop; National Art Education Conference; Temple University Tyler School of Art; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is represented nationally and internationally in exhibitions, private and public collections a variety of publications and awards. As a life time member of the Philadelphia Arts and Art Education communities, she has worked on many boards and committees. Currently she is on the Alumni Council of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

All About Love

February 14

This month’s workshop is all about the things we love! This two hour workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to screen print cards and prints reflecting what you love. Families can work together and collaborate to make something truly special and unique. Each participant will walk away with either a print or cards that they created. Suitable for ages 6 & up.

Instructor: Ashley Limes

Mail Art: Create your own cards and envelopes!

December 13th

Using a variety of printmaking techniques including we will be making art to mail! Each family will walk away with cards and envelopes of their own creation. Suitable for ages 6 & up.

Instructor: Jennifer McTague
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 with a minor in art history and her MA from New York University for visual arts administration concentrating on non-profit organizations. She currently teaches professional development courses for Tyler School of art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as well as drawing courses at Philadelphia University. In the past, McTague has worked for The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Dieu Donné, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, and several other non-profit arts organizations.

Philadelphia Poster Screen Printing Workshop

November 8th

Posters communicate – they use text and imagery to visually inform us of ideas, cultural events, and places. To celebrate our connection to the city of Philadelphia, Ashely Limés will lead this two-hour workshop and guide families in creating a poster by screen printing imagery of Philadelphia icons and using alphabet stamps to create a text component. Each family will walk away with an 11″ x 15″ poster of their own creation! Suitable for ages 6 & up.

Instructor: Ashely Limés

The Artful Table

October 11

Mealtime aesthetics don’t begin and end with the food we serve. The broader experience of the meal is influenced by the company we keep and the environment that we choose to eat in. The Artful Table will begin with an introduction to design and patterns for printed fabric tablecloths, napkins and place mats using motifs from nature, art, and the seasons. Parents and children will design their own prints by cutting out foam figures that will be used to block print place mats or napkins. Participants will learn about printmaking with single or multiple colors and images, as well as how to set permanent colors on fabric. Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Instructor: Teirnan Alexander
Bio: Tiernan Alexander is an artist living in Philadelphia. Alexander is currently a fellow in the Winterthur Program in Material Culture.

My Family, My Neighborhood

September 13

The workshop will begin with a short introduction to artist Jacob Lawrence who found inspiration in his Harlem community to make his iconic richly colored works. Drawing inspiration from our own community, Parents and children will work together to make relief prints from plates made with easy cut foam. All participants will learn about relief printmaking and how to make the plate, roll the non-toxic water based ink, and transfer the print onto paper. Using different layers of color – families will make a set of prints to keep and share.  Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Instructor: Francine K. Affourtit
Bio: Francine Kay Affourtit (1975) is a Philadelphia based artist, educator and arts organizer. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Tyler School of Art as a Temple University Fellow. Francine’s studio work concentrates on re-thinking the applications of printmaking to create sculptural installations and unique constructions from woodcuts. Francine’s activities outside the studio are fueled by a desire to build relationships with artists, communities and the public as a means of collaborative creation and transformative discourse.