The New Orleans Community Print shop is an association of printers and educators committed to enabling and engaging local artists, printmakers, students and entrepreneurs in the practices of printmaking by providing programming and resources at an affordable and accessible facility.

The New Orleans Community Printshop will offer instructional classes and technique demonstrations suited to every level of print experience and background (from beginner to advanced), in addition to providing assistance with fine art print editioning, and the option of for-hire commercial contract printing. The New Orleans Community Printshop strives to facilitate the growth of artists and small business owners in their creative practice.

Formerly running programming and classes at Louisiana Artworks, The Community Print shop is currently organizing classes with the Entergy Innovation Center for women who work with the center. After March 15th The New Orleans Community Print shop will be proud to offer weekly “Drop in night Screen-printing” again at Nowe Miasto – every Tuesday from 6-10 pm-, an artist-owned collective in Midcity.

While we are currently without a space, and therefore unable to offer some of our previous programming at the moment, please check out some of our work in the last few months at Louisiana Art Works.
It’s been a great year, and an even busier fall, and as this is the season of long boastful letters, here is ours!
I am excited to take this opportunity to share with you all what we have been doing in The Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop this Fall. It has been a very busy and full 3 months, the monitors, key-monitors, teachers, grant writer, amatuer carpenters, professional printers and class-act late-night champion screenprinters have all been working extremely hard to do all that you see below and I for one, am proud to be involved with such an amazing group.

Exhibition:

Editions at Dawn
The Louisiana Artworks Exhibition Space hung a show of contemporary printmaking, open during Prospect 1.5,  featuring members, teachers, and visiting artists. Work included traditional prints as well as prints directly on the wall, interactive story telling, and video of live print-focused performance.


Field Trips
St. Martins brought 15 students to Louisiana Artworks for a screenprinting field trip, students printed their own designs onto paper and t-shirts. Tulane University students came on two separate field trip occasions: a ‘Tides’ class of Freshmen, and the beginning Printmaking majors, each spent an afternoon touring the printshop and printing. Last saturday Printshop Monitor and Teen Board Coordinator at the CAC, Libby Viera da-Cunha, brought her group over from the CAC for an afternoon of holiday card printing. funds from field trips help Louisiana Artworks fund the Printshop manager position.

 

The New Orleans Book Fair
The Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop printed all of the book fair posters and T-shirts, and was proud to have a table at The book fair, selling work made by printshop members, and promoting our classes and workshops. proceeds from the sale were split 60/40 between the artists and Louisiana Artworks

Contract Printing  

In addition to the Book Fair poster, The Louisiana Artworks community printshop printed posters for: Hunter’s blind at the Mudlark Puppet Theater, Three penny opera at The Allways Lounge, and the ART-houses poster for The Creative Alliance of New Orleans.  Contract jobs provide the funds for us to maintain and continue to grow the facilities at the community printshop.


Youth Program
Printshop Monitors Vanessa Adams and Rachel Speck have been bringing screens and equipment each week to Carver Public Highschool to work with a group of serious ad amazing art students. This initial month of the program was funded by a grant from Cox Communications, and to continue the program next semester Rachel and Vanessa held a fundraiser benefit concert with local Bounce DJ Big Freedia. The students designed and printed t-shirts to sell at the event, money was raised to buy supplies for another two months of the program.

New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling held its december bout with Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop and the EIC as the beneficiary – $900 was raised to fund a free workshop for women in the Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop, taught by Rachel and Vanessa, held in partnership with the Entergy Innovation Center a non-profit organization fostering entrepruenership in the 9th ward, who will promote and fill the class.

Classes

Letterpress Workshop: Local letterpress printer John Fitzgerald brought over a small press and taught a weekend workshop to interested beginners who learned the 500 year old technique of printing from movable lead type.

Etching Workshop Printshop monitor Michael Pagon taught a 3 week long etching course to beginning and intermediate artists, using our fabulous presses and our new rosin box – built by labor and volunteer help from local carpenters

Intermediate Screenprint
Printshop Monitor Li Pallas taught a 4 session course on screenprinting, and brought in a visiting professional poster printer to share his work/experience.

Advanced Screenprinting – manual color separation
Visiting artist Jean Cozzens taught a 3 week class and describes it best in his blog:
“I was so proud to be working with a number of people who are active volunteer members / monitors at the [Louisiana Artworks Community] printshop — these people are in the shop every day printing anyways, and so it was great to be able to seed their already prolific creative practices with some new techniques and strategies and materials… and to see them throw what they were learning immediately into action… delightful!”

Color Etching currently taking place is a 3 week class on color etching taught by recent addition to the printshop: Pippin Frisbe-Calder. Using the rosin box built by local tinkers James Kay and Misha Heil

Open Studio

Every Sunday 1-5 pm and Tuesday 6-10 pm
The Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop continues to offer 2 sessions a week of Open Studio- a time in which all artists of all experience are welcome to drop in, watch a demo, or give our facilities a try. Open Studio fees raise funds for most of our materials costs, and are entirely volunteer-run

Monitor Meetings
The Monitors at the Louisiana Artworks Community Printshop have continued to meet twice a month with the Printshop Manager to design programs and schedules and continue the physical and infra-structural growth of the shop. Each monitor volunteers 4 hours a week, running open shop or printing contract jobs, or helping with special events. we are continuiing to grow our volunteer system, if you are interested e-mail: Communityprintshop@gmail.com

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