Sign up today online, over the phone with a credit card, or come into the shop.  Call MIchele for an appointment 309-657-6767. 

Are you an experienced print maker?

Want to use the Prairie Center Print Shop?

*Take our Orientation and Procedures Class*

PCA Print Shop Orientation and Procedures
(Must be an experienced Printmaker 18+)  
Fee: $20 (by appointment)
Please register for this class by emailing or calling  
Michele Richey 309-657-6767 to set up an appointment

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.


The Intro to Letterpress Printing class was a huge success!  Watch for more classes in the future.

Intro to Letterpress Printing
Learn the secrets of hand setting and printing metal and wood type and ornaments
Any Level 17+
Fee: $40
1 day workshop
Instructor: Robert Rowe
Class meets on Saturday March 31, 2018

Participants will learn how to use a proof press, how to mix inks, 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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