Please note that Museum Members receive 10% off the price of tuition. Advanced registration is required. Please call (713) 522-4652 to register.

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Class: Silkscreen T-shirts and Posters

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Learn the basics of silkscreen to print your own t-shirts and posters!  Charles Criner, the Museum’s Artist in Residence, guides students through the process of choosing a design, building the frame, and burning the screen using the photo-emulsion method, transparent film, or the touch and glue method. Proper inks and color applications will also be […]

Instructor: Charles Criner

Instructor Bio

Charles Criner

Charles Criner is the Artist in Residence at The Printing Museum. Charles is the kind of artist that likes to “exhaust” the medium. He “pulls” his prints in black and white, then in color, and on top of that he sometimes adds acrylic over the print to produce original paintings on paper. He, however, is also parsimonious, or rather, enjoys the limitations of using only three colors and no more to make his prints. Furthermore, he is the kind of artist / craftsman who prizes the concrete relationship between himself and his work. Criner always pulls prints himself, never letting other professional printers do this for him.

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Class: Printing Expressively with Furniture and Reglet, a Typographic Map

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This is a NEW feature letterpress workshop! No prior letterpress experience is necessary for registration. Participants will compose a type and image map to be created using only the materials already available in the studio, from type cases to furniture, and reglet as image. Participants will type set in wood and metal type on a […]

Instructor: Suzanne Powney

Instructor Bio

Suzanne Powney

Suzanne Powney works as a freelance graphic designer and letterpress printer. With a background in both architecture and graphic design, she has worked in her own letterpress studio for seven years and teaches letterpress workshops at University of Houston and with the MPH Printers Guild. She does printing demonstrations for local clubs to share her knowledge of letterpress with the community. With a love for texture and ink on paper, her passion lies with letterpress printing and design. She currently operates BlackDog Press out of her home in the Heights.

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Class: Fundamentals of Letterpress II

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Join veteran printer Steve Sylvester in our Letterpress Studio to continue the lesson from Fundamentals I. Students will print simple, two-color work; they will learn how to do make-ready, and learn how to safely operate both hand-powered and motorized letterpress machines. This class is required along with Fundamentals I and Letterpress Studio Practices for all […]

Instructor: Steve Sylvester

Class: Binding a Classic Hard Cover Book

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In this introduction to bookbinding, students will learn the basics of materials (book board, book cloth, adhesives, paper) and techniques (folding paper, cutting, sewing, and applying adhesives). By the end of the class, students will have completed 1 or 2 flat-back, case-style bindings, covered in cloth and decorated paper. Cost:  $140 (includes materials) Dates: Saturday, March […]

Instructor: Tony Vela

Class: Hand Papermaking

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Papermaking is an engaging and physical process that you can do right in your own home or workspace. Learn the basic elements of this ancient art as the instructor leads the class through the process of preparing the vat of pulp, pulling a sheet with a mould and deckle, couching the sheet, then pressing the […]

Instructor: Kathy Gurwell

Instructor Bio

Kathy Gurwell

Kathy Gurwell has years experience in the fields of paper and printing, beginning with her graphic arts study in Paris and continuing as a Curator Fellow at Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque, NM and most recently at the Museo della Carta in Fabriano, Italy. She has demonstrated papermaking in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Houston, where she now lives. Her artistry in this field was recognized a few years ago when Lord & Taylor invited her to display and sell her products at a show of Santa Fe artists in their principal New York City store. More recently she was commissioned to make a 40 x 40 in. piece of paper for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

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