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Holiday Card Printing


Explore your creativity - make your own holiday cards!

Any Level 16+
Fee: $20
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Susan Czechowski


Would you like some really special holiday cards to send out this year? Looking for a new activity to experience with a friend, sister, partner, husband, etc.? If any of these apply to you, please join us for a fun silkscreen printing workshop at the Prairie Center! No experience necessary. You will be guided through the entire printing process and get a taste of what it's like to print your own cards. You will be able to select from a number of custom-designed holiday images. At the end of the class, not only will you have learned some basics of screen printing, but you’ll also take home a set of 25 of your very own handmade screen printed cards with matching envelopes. Material costs are included in the workshop fee. Minimum Enrollment 5 - Maximum 8.

Our instructor - Artist Susan Czechowski fell in love with screen printing twenty years ago when she was lucky enough to work on several pieces for Roy Lichtenstein. Since then, she has taught thousands of students silkscreen and printmaking techniques as a professor at Western Illinois University. Outside the classroom, Susan leads art students on annual trips to her native New York City as well as summer sessions to different cities across Europe; for fifteen years, she has also mentored undergraduates at Southern Graphics Council International. In addition to her role as teacher, Susan has shown her own work in numerous gallery and museum settings across the United States and was recently awarded a residency and exhibition at Grafische Werkplaats in the Netherlands. She holds a B.A. in Art and Art History from Washington College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University—and feels the same excitement each and every time she pulls a squeegee across a fresh sheet of paper.

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Intro to Letterpress Printing

Class is full!

Learn the secrets of hand setting and printing metal and wood type and ornaments

Any Level 16+
Fee: $20
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Robert Rowe

Participants will handset and print from metal and wood type, learn how to use a proof press, how to mix inks, and set proper pressure using a Vandercook proofing press. Create your own two color card or broadside poster or announcement. See how choice of paper affects the final result. This class is the precursor to more advanced techniques such as making digital photopolymer plates, collagraph and pressure printing.

Our Instructor - Robert Rowe is dedicated to exploring the creative dimensions of the book form along with preserving the craft of fine printing and binding. His long involvement with letterpress printing and book arts has been shaped by over 35 years practicing and teaching art and design at the university level. He is currently professor of graphic design and design history at Bradley University. Professor Rowe holds an MFA from Indiana University and has studied bookbinding and letterpress printing at the American Academy of Bookbinding and at the Penland School of Crafts.


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Want to use the Prairie Center Print Shop?


Are you experienced in print making, letterpress, or screen printing?

*Take our Orientation and Procedures Class*


PCA Print Shop Orientation and Procedures

(Must be an experienced Printmaker 17+)
Fee: $20 (by appointment)


Please register for this class by emailing or calling to set up an appointment:
Michele Richey 309-657-6767 michele@prairiecenterofthearts.org

Attending an Orientation and Procedures class in the Printmaking Studios will gain you access to the shop through studio rental and Open Print Studio Events. You will be taught how to use the equipment, presses, and clean-up procedures. You will be orientated to the shop and facilities. You will gain an understanding of Prairie Center's procedures, protocols, and expectations.

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