Screen Printing & Letterpress Workshops at Prairie Center of the Arts

Screen Printing & Letterpress Workshops at Prairie Center of the Arts

Instructors: John Hitchcock and Jessica Spring

Workshop Date: April 6th

Registration Fee:  $90

Register online at or by phone at 309.657.6767


April 5th, 2019

5pm: Both artists will present a Visual Voices Lecture on campus at Bradley University's Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center.

6pm: Dinner for workshop attendees with the workshop artists, Heuser Art Gallery, Heuser Art Center


April 6th, 2019

9am-4pm: Your choice of one full day workshop: Compose Yourself (Letterpress) by Jessica Spring, or Print Blitz (Screenprint) by John HitchcockFull day workshop, Lunch provided

5pm-7:30pm: After party & pizza at Rhodells



Compose Yourself: Daredevil LetterpressInstructed by Jessica

Students will focus on typesetting and letterpress printing techniques that move beyond straight lines and right angles to set type that curves, angles and bounces. We’ll explore both traditional methods of employing circular and angle quads, adapting tools from art supply and hardware stores for manipulating type, and experimentation with Daredevil Furniture, a set of lasercut furniture designed for type composition at Springtide Press. An exchange of daredevil prints will complete this workshop appropriate for printers ready to expand their approach to typographic composition and image-making.

Artist Biography: Jessica Spring learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary. Their book, “Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color” is available from Sasquatch Books.

Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches letterpress printing and book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has led numerous workshops and residencies, including Penland, Paper & Book Intensive, Wells Book Arts Institute, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and the International Printing Museum.


Print Blitz! Screenprint! And Unique Prints!Instructed by John

This workshop will focus on photo-based screenprinting processes and mixed media unique multiples. Students will become fluent in the technical aspects of screenprinting and explore various printing substrates. Students will be directed to explore their personal artistic vision by developing imagery that fully utilizes screenprinting as a visually expressive medium. Participants will produce a small varied edition of unique prints during the workshop.

TECHNIQUES WE WILL COVER: Reduction/additive printing, color overlays, paper stencils, mixing inks, print registration, Direct Photo Emulsion (Handcut Stencil Film Rubylith and photobased Stencils). Alternative methods of printmaking/Monoprints use of hand dyeing, drawing back into, manipulation of the surface, and water soluble markers.

Artist Biography: John Hitchcock is an Artist, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his MFA at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Inspired by the long history of social and political commentary within the discipline of printmaking, Hitchcock frequently uses the medium to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. His artworks examine notions of safety, security and protection, not just of country, but our environment and flora and fauna. Hitchcock uses images of beads, bombs, floral patterns, buffalo and owls to speak about issues of indigenous historical trauma. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land, and culture. Hitchcock’s work has been exhibited at numerous national and international venues including: “Flatlander: Belonging to The Land” Solo exhibitions at The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (2018), Mulvane Museum, Topeka, Kansas (2018), Ski Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2018); “The Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction” at the Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana (2018); “Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking" at the International Print Center New York, Chelsea Gallery, New York (2015) and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2017); “National Sanctuary” Solo exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Arts, West Bend, Wisconsin (2016); “Traces of the Plains” Solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2014); “Songs for Spirit Lake” The Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, New York (2013); “Air, Land, Seed” on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th International Art at the University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy (2013); “Envisioning The Plains” Solo exhibition at the American Culture Center in Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2012); the Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia; London Print Studio, London, England, UK; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Exit Art, New York; and the Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.