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.

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: $60 | $50 Members
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, bandana, 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

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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


 

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.

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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