Welcome to Expressions Graphics Website

Expressions Graphics is a non-profit printmaking cooperative and fine arts gallery. Our volunteer-run facilities include a working press shop, committed to safe and eco-friendly alternative methods, and a gallery space open to the public. We offer classes and education outreach programs for children and adults of all skill levels. Our gallery presents monthly exhibitions and printmaking demonstrations in order to share our expertise with the community and to promote a general interest in art.

August 5th, 2015

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VISITING MASTER PRINTMAKER PROFESSOR AND HIS MFA GRADUATE STUDENT FROM THE SCHOOL OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - RIO GRANDE VALLEY Reynaldo & Isaac Santiago

Come to meet and talk with our guest printmaker REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!!!

EXHIBITION Aug. 5 – Sept 5, 2015

ARTIST’S RECEPTION Aug 8, Saturday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LITHOGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION 8:00 PM

WORKSHOPS
PRONTO PLATE WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR: Guest Artist Reynaldo Santiago

Pronto plate lithography, also know as polyester plate litho, is a terrific way to introduce yourself to lithography. The plates are relatively quick and easy to master as well as being economically friendly. You can incorporate hand-drawing as well as small photo or collage elements
Fee: $50 Members $60 for non members per session

Aug 7, Friday 1:00- 3:00 PM. Session #1

Aug 9 Sunday 1:00- 3:00 PM Session #2


MAT MAKING WORKSHOP

This workshop will demonstrate basic mat cutting techniques.
Students will have the opportunity to practice and then cut a mat for a particular piece of art work. We will learn how to freehand and use the Logan Mat Cutter. Each student will cut one to two mats. Additional mat board will be for sale in class.Fee: $25 (Additional Mat Board for sale during the class)

Aug. 8, Sat 10:30- 12:00 PM

SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP

This beginning screen printing class will utilize one matrix, one screen, several water base colors, some brushes, and paper will be needed.
NEVER screen printed, no problem. Want new ideas and techniques?
No problem! Fun for everyone!
No experience necessary.
Fee: $50 Members $60 for non members

Aug. 8, Saturday, 1-4:00PM


May 8th, 2015

Expressions Graphics'
Silent Auction Closing Bid Party

Saturday, May 26, 5-7pm

Tickets:$25

FOOD, DRINKS, MUSIC

Closed Door Event and last change to bid on Auction items.

Musical performance by classical guitarist
Zhivko Nikolov

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March 26th, 2015

What's Blooming

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Art to be bought, Fun to be had!

Expressions Graphics Spring Fundraiser and
What’s Blooming on Harrison Event Weekend

FRIDAY May 15 6-9PM
SILENT AUCTION BEGINS
What’s Blooming Third Friday Gallery Walk
6-7PM BLOCK PRINTING Demonstration by Janet Schill and Jill Kramer
7-9PM Music Performance by Stu dents of the Gasse School of Music

SATURDAY May 16 NOON-4PM
SILENT AUCTION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
What’s Blooming on Harrison Annual Spring Festival
NON-2PM $5 PORTRAIT /SILhOUETTE PRINTS For kids and adults.

Print demonstration and chance to create your own personal silhouette print.
5-7PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSING BID PARTY Tickets: $25

FOOD, DRINKS, and  MUSIC
Closed Door Event and last chance to bid on auction items.

Musical performance by classical guitarist ZHIVKO NIKOLOV


March 16th, 2015

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Collaborative Big Etching Plate with Nicolas de Jesus Internationally Acclaimed Etching Artists

This 2 day class will combine drawings of both students and instructor. A zinc plate will be ground and ready to drawn on by students. A basic design will first be done by instructor Nicolas de Jesus. After all students have drawn into the plate the plate will be etched in a nitric bath, and a aquatint will be added. Then the plate should be ready to print the second day. The last step will be inking the plate and printing it. Students will help with printing their own print with an etching press! All overseen by master printer Nicolas de Jesus. Acid and oil based inks are used in this class.

Everyone will go home with a print!

CLASS FEE: $85 PER CLASS / MEMBERS $65 | MATERIALS FEE: $20

February 12th, 2015

New Classes

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Spotlighting Printmaking and Paper Making
Workshops at Expressions Graphics Studio 2015

Printing from Nature: Relief & Collagraphic
For each natural material we will use actual or photographic references to create prints exploring repetition, pattern and graphic design techniques to create printing plates and prints.
March 6, 13, 2015, Fridays 1:30-2:30pm
Age 13 and older
Fee $35 /Members $25 per session
Instructors: Jessica Kronika & Carol Friedle


Mixed Collagraphic Printmaking
Do you like the effects of multiple types of plates and want to combine them in unique ways? Please bring the designs you would like to apply to the process. Samples and supply list will be available in advance.
March 20, 27, Fridays 1:30-2:30pm
Age 13 and older
Fee $35 /Members $25 per session
Instructors: Jessica Kronika & Carol Friedle


Dry Point Printmaking
Simple introduction to drypoint.  Drypoint is a basic intaglio printing process that involves scratching an image onto a printing plate (we will use plexiglas). The finished plate is inked and printed using our printing press.     $15 material fee
April  4 Saturday 1-3 PM
Fee $35 /Members $25
Instructors: Steve Fisher


Nicolas Collaborative Big Etching Plate
Collaborative Master Class: Etching

On a 22x  30 inch plate  students with work with Master Printer Nicolas de Jesus  to create a collaborative design that will be etched and print at the studio.  Each participant will get a copy of the print image! 
We will be using zinc plate and acid.
April 25-26. 10am-3:00pm
Fee $85 /Members $65
Instructors: Nicolas de Jesus


 
A Taste Of Printmaking
How would you like to learn a little about printmaking?  Stop by either on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon for a “taste of printmaking”.  WE will start off with block printing , then Watercolor Monotype and finish off with a Screen Printing class.  Sign up for one or all three classes!  Choose Friday or Saturday or come to both and expand on what you have learned! No experience necessary.

May 8-, 22, Fridays 7-8:30pm  or May 9-23, Saturdays 1-2:30pm
Age 13 and older
Fee $35 /Members $25 per session
Instructors: Janet Schill


Paper Making
Expressions Graphics Studio will be hosting a paper making workshop with Greg Grummer.   In this hands-on class you will learn how to use dip and pour molds to make hand made papers.  Greg will also show you how to incorporate cast molding to your finished product.  
Greg has been making paper for Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kits and Supplies since 1985. He has taught papermaking
 in schools and art stores, and sells his own hand made greeting cards.
June 13, Saturday
Kids Class: 10-11:15AM  Fee $15 / Member $10
Adult Class: 1 – 4:00PM  Fee: $65 / Member $50
Instructors: Greg Grummer


Printing with Plaster
We will use printmaking and drawing techniques with oil based printing ink on a plexiglass plate.  The plate will then be placed in a cardboard box sized to fit, face up. Then plaster will be poured into the box and hanging wire will be set into the wet plaster.  After curing a half hour or so the box and plexiglass will be removed.  The ink will have been drawn into the plaster leaving us with a hangable plaster tile.
June 11, Saturday 1-3 PM
Fee $35 /Members $25
Instructors: Steve Fisher


February 1st, 2015

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September 6th, 2014

Expressions Graphics announces its new Classes schedule! Click on the below image for a printable PDF, or click on our Classes link on the left for more information.



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August 23rd, 2014

Expressions Graphics is scheduled to have a Board/member meeting with members welcome for their input from 1 to 2PM. The gallery will be open to public viewing from 2PM until 4PM! Come see what we've been up to.

August 5th, 2014

Classes at Expressions Graphics are coming up soon before school starts! Be sure to sign up today to ensure your child's place in a class learning about the enjoyable art of print making! Click here for flyer!

Contact us at info@expressionsgraphics.org for more details!

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Call for Entries:

ARTISTS WANTED!!!

We are looking for

Expressions Graphics Classes and Workshops

Our goal is to encourage creativity in a press-shop where both novice and professional printmakers can work, exchange ideas, and showcase their artistry in a collaborative and educational environment. We are committed to offering free and affordable classes and demonstrations to the community and to maintaining a safe and environmentally friendly press-shop that is open to the public.

Gallery Show Calendar

Our gallery presents monthly exhibitions and printmaking demonstrations in order to share our expertise with the community and to promote a general interest in art.

For older news, see our Archive page located here

29 Harrison Street Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 447-9262.

The Expressions Graphics Studio and Gallery is located in the Oak Park Arts District along Harrison Street between Ridgeland and Austin. We are one block from the Austin stop on the CTA Blue line and four blocks from Stop 17 of the free Oak Park Shuttle.
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Expressions Graphics is brought to you by The Oak Park Area Arts Council