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.

April 2016

April Gelatin

Expressions Graphics Presents

USING GELLI PLATES AND STENCILS CREATE MONOPRINTS USING TRADITIONAL STAMPING AND VISCOSITY PRINTING TECHNIQUES WITH KIM LAUREL.
SATURDAY, April 9th, 1:00-3:30PM

AGES: 13 AND OLDER | FEE: $65 | MEMBERS FEE $50
Expressions Graphics
29 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
P: 708 447 9262


About the Workshop:
A fast, fun and creative workshop for learning
the basics of the gelatin printmaking processes
using a Gelli Plate®. Fundamental techniques will
be covered using water based inks, paints, color
layering, assorted stencil and stamping templates
to create wonderfully textured, hand pulled prints
on paper. Artists can collaborate by sharing colors,
texture templates and ideas to produce a high
volume of results for all. Some basic supplies are
required. Supply list provided upon registration.

Artist BIO
Kim Laurel is a Chicago based mixed media artist, illustrator
and graphic designer and has exhibited in the United States,
Canada and England. She studied at Oberlin College, the
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University and Illinois
State University. Her works of art are part of various public and
corporate collections.


March 2016

Wtr Color monoprint potluck

Watercolor MonoPrint and Potluck Workshop

Watercolor Monotype combines the spontaneity of watercolor painting and the unique textural effects of printmaking. We will be using watercolor paints, pencils and pastels! Bring an image for inspiration. After we will share a potluck treat!

Bring something to share.

March 19th, 2016 Saturday, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

If you have your own watercolor brushes you like to use, bring those too!

Instructor: Janet Schill

29 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304

Studio Schedule Hours
Friday through Saturday 1-4PM,
or by Appointment

Gelatin prints

Expressions Graphics Presents

USING GELLI PLATES AND STENCILS CREATE MONOPRINTS
USING TRADITIONAL STAMPING AND VISCOSITY PRINTING TECHNIQUES.
SUN. MARCH 6 & 13, 1:00-3:30PM | INSTRUCTOR: KIM LAUREL
AGES: 13 AND OLDER | FEE: $125 | MEMBERS FEE $110
Gelatin Monoprint Workshop with Kim Laurel
Artist BIO
Kim Laurel is a Chicago based mixed media artist, illustrator and graphic designer and has exhibited in the United States, Canada and England. She studied at Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University and Illinois State University. Her works of art are part of various public and corporate collections.

About the Workshop:

A fast, fun and creative workshop for learning the basics of the gelatin printmaking processes using a Gelli Plate®. Fundamental techniques will be covered using water based inks, paints, color layering, assorted stencil and stamping templates to create wonderfully textured, hand pulled prints on paper. Artists can collaborate by sharing colors, texture templates and ideas to produce a high volume of results for all. Some basic supplies are required. Supply list provided upon registration.

 


February 2016

OP Lib Show

EXPRESSIONS GRAPHICS
Members Print Exhibition

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, HOSTS RECEPTIONS
AND PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS IN ORDER TO SHARE OUR EXPERTISE
WITH THE COMMUNITY AND TO PROMOTE A GENERAL INTEREST IN ART.

February 1-28 2016
Reception Feb 28 2-4PM

Expressions Graphics’ Artists:

Jim Holmes | Maria Mungai | Nicolas de Jesus
Carlos Barberena | Anne Kelly | Amy Cordell
Barbara Rohm Rossa | Janet Schill | Carol Friedle
Reynaldo Santiago | Anna Salinas
Benjamin Varela | Grazyna G. Kott

At Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St,
Oak Park, IL 60301

Classes 2016

SPOTLIGHTING PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS Winter Spring 2016

GELATIN MONOPRINTING WORKSHOP
SATURDAYS, MARCH 6th and 13th 1-3:30pm | AGE: 13 and older
FEE: $125 | MEMBERS $110 | INSTRUCTOR: KIM LAUREL

SIMPLE STAMPING PRINT WORKSHOP
FRIDAY, March 18th 6:30-8:30pm | AGE: open to all
FEE: $5 | INSTRUCTOR: JESSICA KRONIKA

INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED MONOPRINTING
SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd 12:30-3:30pm | AGE: 16 and Up!
FEE: $65 | MEMBERS $50 | INSTRUCTOR: MARIA MUNGAI

SILKSCREEN PRINT WITH DRAWING FLUID
SATURDAYS, APRIL 16th, 23rd | AGE: 5th graders and Up!
FEE: $75 | MEMBERS $65 | INSTRUCTOR: JANET SCHILL

PRONTO PLATE PRINTING | 1st Session
FRIDAYS, APRIL 1st- 22nd, (4 weeks) 4-5:30pm | AGE: 8- 12
FEE: 4 week session $60 or $15 for 1 class
INSTRUCTORS: JESSICA KRONIKA & CAROL FRIEDLE

PRONTO PLATE PRINTING | 2nd Session
SUNDAYS, MAY 1 – JUNE 5, 2016 (6 weeks) | AGE: 8 -12
FEE: 6 week session $120 or $20 for 1 class
INSTRUCTORS: JESSICA KRONIKA & CAROL FRIEDLE

MONOPRINTING WITH A SILK SCREEN
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 1-3:30PM | AGE: 5th graders and up!
FEE: $65 | MEMBERS $55 | INSTRUCTOR: JANET SCHILL

PRINT ON PAPER OR FABRIC
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 1-3PM | AGE: 8- High School
FEE: $50 | $45 MEMBERS |INSTRUCTOR: RACHELLE HILL

COLLABORATIVE BIG ETCHING PLATE WITH NICOLAS
SATURDAY, JUNE 11th, 10-3 PM | AGE: High School and up!
FEE: $85 | MEMBERS $65 | INSTRUCTOR: NICOLAS DE JESUS

SUN PRINTING WITH SOLARFAST!
SATURDAY, June 11th 1-4 pm | AGE: 5th graders and up!
FEE: $75 | MEMBERS $65 | INSTRUCTOR: JANET SCHILL

 



November 2015

OP Lib show Feb 2016
Juried Printmaking Exhibition  
OAK PARK LIBRARY
FEBRUARY 2016

Artwork Submissions: 
Each artist may submit up to 3 works of art. They must be original, two-dimensional, traditional printmaking techniques, or a combination of printmaking techniques. No photography/no digital images/no giclee reproductions. All are encouraged to submit larger work. All selected works must be framed and have wire hangers.  

Entry Fee $30 Required Only if You Are Accepted to
the Show 

This fee covers administrative and exhibition costs. Entry fee can be paid by Pay Pal, check, or money order (please write a check to Expressions Graphics.)

JUROR: Janice Elkins 
Owner and Curator of the Gallery Pink in the Oak Park Art District

How to Submit:
Entries must be submitted in digital form, by email to info@expressionsgraphics.org no later than midnight December 4, 2015.
 
Up to three works may be submitted by each artist
Digital images submitted should be 300 dpi JPEG format
Each file should be named as follows: Last Name, First Name, Title of piece. Jpg
 
For example: Smith_Jane_Sunflowers.jpg
 
The subject line of the email should read Oak Park Public Library Show and your last name
In the body of the email please include for each image submitted:
File name-
Name-
Title-
Image Size- (heighth by width, framed)
Medium-
Retail price- or NFS. Include insurance value of work.
Please note that EG takes 40% of sales. Of the 40%, the library retains 20% of sales. 
For example:
Smith_Jane_Sunflowers.jpg 
Title: Sunflowers, 
Image Size, framed: 25/30
Medium: Etching and aquatint,
Price: $150
 
In addition, in the body of email provide your address and phone number.
 
Submissions deadlines: December 4
.
Accepted works must be dropped off at Main Branch Library by Monday, February 1, 2016

Reception will be on Sunday, February 28. Artists are to take their work with them on this date.

Exhibition runs from February 1 through February 28, 2016.
 
Artists will be contacted by email with results of juror Janice Elkins by December 17
 
Artwork MUST BE PICKED UP BY February 28, 2016. If you cannot pick up by this date you must find someone to pick your work up for you.
 
You can make a payment by using the Paypal Donate Button on our website www.expressionsgraphics.org 



Mono prints

BEGINNING MONOPRINTING 

MAKE MONOPRINTS USING A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES

In this class we will explore the different ways to create monoprints such as image making using chine colle (paper on paper techniques) and 'drop-in' elements. All participants will be encouraged to enjoy the vibrancy and immediacy of this method of printmaking! All are welcome!

MARIA MUNGAI

First studied art at Illinois Wesleyan University focusing mainly on painting. She taught Spanish at Wm. Fremd High School in Palatine, IL for 26 years. In 2000 she took her first monoprint class with Robert  Meijer at Arrowmont in Tennessee and felt an immediate connection to the medium. She has since studied with Jim Johnston in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Stuart Shils in Bennington, Vermont. She is currently a working member of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and is doing graduate work in Printmaking with Michael Barnes at Northern Illinois University. She has exhibited at the Around the Coyote Festival in Chicago twice, in Fountenay L'Comte, France and in Palatine and Barrington, IL.

SATURDAY, NOV. 14 | 1- 3:30 pm
FEE: $50 | ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO OUR GALLERY AND STUDIO

Use our convenient Pay Pal Donate button to purchase classes with your credit card through a secured server via our main homepage (www.expressionsgraphics.org,) or through the Classes page. Please send an email to info@expressionsgraphics.org to confirm your enrollment.



October 2015

Print Workshop


PHOTO SILKSCREEN PRINTING (4 week Class)

This class covers the basics of photo screen printing. Students will use a direct drawing method and a film positive to expose to make a screen for printing.

Can be printed on paper OR on fabric! This is a one color screen process (We might get 2 colors!) Bring your own, canvas bags, bandana, cloth, or T-shirts.

T-shirts also available for purchasing! Materials are water based and drain safe.

SUNDAYS, OCT. 18- NOV. 8, 1:00-3:30PM | FEE: $124 | $112 MEMBERS

Use our convenient Pay Pal Donate button to purchase classes with your credit card through a secured server via our main homepage (www.expressionsgraphics.org,) or through the Classes page. Please send an email to info@expressionsgraphics.org to confirm your enrollment.


Skulls Workshop

Saturday October 17th from 1-3PM
Come join our Halloween Skull Prints workshop!
Instructor is Steve Fisher.
Class fee: $25.00



September 14th, 2015

Carlos Poster

SEPTEMBER 11th - 30th

“LUSTFUL APPETITE”

Relief Prints by Chicago Artist Carlos Barberena

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, September 19th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
PRINTMAKING DEMO 7:00pm.



September 1st, 2015

EG Spotlight on Printmaking

Spotlighting Printmaking Workshops Fall 2015


LINOLEUM PRINT ON T SHIRTS
Sat, Oct. 3, 12-5:00PM | Age: 13 and older
Fee: $85 | Members $70
Instructor: Carlos Barbarena

HALLOWEEN SKULL PRINTS
Sat, Oct. 17, 11-1PM | Age: All ages
Fee: $25 | Members: $20
Instructor: Steve Fisher

PHOTO SILKSCREEN PRINTING SUNDAY (4 week Class)
Sundays, Oct. 18- Nov. 8, 1:00-3:30PM
Age: 13 and older limit: 6 students for this class
Fee: $124 | $112 Members
Instructor: Janet Schill

SOUND MEDITATION & HAND PRINTED PRAYER FLAGS
Sat., Oct. 24, 3:00-5:00PM | Age: 13 and older
Fee for early birds before Oct. 3: $25 | Members: $20
Fee after Oct. 3: $30 | Members: $25
Instructors: Janet Schill, Alexandra  Haban & Tomek Billan

BEGINNING MONOPRINTING
Make monoprints using a variety of techniques
Sat.,  Nov. 14, 1:00-3:30PM | Age: 13 and older
Fee: $50
Instructor: Maria Mungia

INCHIE PENDANTS | PRINTMAKING AND JEWELRY!
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1-3PM | Age: 10 and older
Fee: $35 | Members $25
Instructor: Janet Schill

CALENDAR CLASS | SPONGE BLOCK PRINTING
Saturday, Dec. 5 OR Sun. Dec. 6, 1 PM-4 PM  
Age 13 and older
Fee: $30 | $20 Members
Instructor: Maria Garcia

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

LINOLEUM PRINT ON T SHIRTS
We will learn how to create relief prints and how to print them by hand and with a press. Bring an 8X6 inch drawing ready to transfer to the linoleum. Then print your linocut to a t-shirt using an etching press and Drive by Black textile ink!!! (one shirt is included – bring more to print or buy at the class) No experience required

HALLOWEEN SKULL PRINTS
Using a simple Mylar stencil we will create monoprints using traditional and viscosity printing techniques.

PHOTO SILKSCREEN PRINTING (4 week Class)
This class covers the basics of photo screen printing. Students will use a direct drawing method and a film positive to expose to make a screen for printing. Can be printed on paper OR on fabric! This is a one color screen process (We might get 2 colors!) Bring your own, canvas bags, bandanna, cloth, or T-shirts. T-shirts also available for purchasing! Materials are water based and drain safe.

SOUND MEDITATION & HAND PRINTED PRAYER FLAGS
Students learn about prayer flags and will print simple prayer flags on mulberry paper using cardboard, foam sheets, ink and brayer. This technique can easily be transferred to fabric if anyone is inspired to create outdoor fabric prayer flags. Everyone will print multiple flags for themselves and can also exchange with the other students to create a collective prayer flag strand. Class will end with a 30 minute sound meditation with Tomek Bilan. Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, and/or pillow to be comfortable on the floor.

BEGINNING MONOPRINTING - MAKE MONOPRINTS USING A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES
This class is for beginners and experienced printmakers alike. We will explore the different ways to create texture, layer colors and add visual interest to your work. If you like painting and collage or simply wish to further develop your creative skills, this class is for you. Participants will experience the immediacy and vibrancy that Monoprinting has to offer. All materials are non-toxic and wash up with water.

INCHIE PENDANTS | PRINTMAKING AND JEWELRY!
Students will develop “inchies” or 1 inch square images using both stamping, pens, pencils etc. Then you choose your best image to mount into a setting. Using resin and a UV oven we’ll seal the image and turn it into a pendant to wear. No experience necessary.

CALENDAR CLASS | SPONGE BLOCK PRINTING
This workshop gives you a chance to adorn your work space or gift a unique monochromatic work of art.
Attendees will develop their own calendar utilizing the approachable technique of sponge block printing.



August 5th, 2015

Reynaldo5
Click above for a printable PDF!

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


 

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.
© 2015
Expressions Graphics is brought to you by The Oak Park Area Arts Council