Studio Tours & Demos

Artist Susan Collett gives a printmaking demonstratio to a group of studio visitors.

Studio Tours and Demos

Open Studio offers a range of tours and demonstrations for post-secondary students, adult groups and corporate groups. Tours and demos are great opportunities for team building, social groups and extended learning. Tours are offered Tuesday to Friday, during the hours of 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a minimum of two-week advance booking. As much advance notice as possible is appreciated. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Option 1

Tour of Studio facilities and galleries including a presentation of prints selected from the Print Archives by the Print Sales Manager/Archivist. Based on availability, the print selection may be arranged to focus on a specific artist, subject, process or line of study.

Option 2

Tour of Studio facilities and galleries with one Printmaking Demonstration. Demonstrations are offered in one of the following areas: screenprinting, intaglio (etching, drypoint), monoprinting, relief (linocut), lithography and Vandercook letterpress, based on artist and facility availability.

Option 3

Tour of Studio facilities and galleries with one Printmaking Demonstration and Hands-on activity. Demonstrations are offered in one of the following areas and are based on artist and facility availability.

PHOTO-BASED SCREENPRINTING: Participants can bring in their own hand drawn or photo-based image (8” x 10” maximum size) to expose to a photosensitive emulsion coated screen. Participants will be shown how to expose, develop and print a screen. Participants will produce a one-colour screenprint on white paper.

LINOCUT: Participants can bring in their own sketch or reference image (4” x 6” maximum size) to transfer to a linoleum block. Participants will be shown how to transfer, carve and print their image. Participants will produce a one-colour relief print on white paper.

DRYPOINT: Participants can bring in their own sketch or reference image (4” x 6” maximum size) to transfer to an aluminum or plastic plate. Participants will be shown how to transfer, incise and print their image. Participants will produce a one-colour drypoint on white paper.

MONOPRINTING: participants can bring in their own sketch or reference image (4” x 6” maximum size) to transfer to a Mylar plate. Participants will be shown how to create and print their image. Participants will produce a multicoloured image on white paper.

VANDERCOOK LETTERPRESS: A high speed, versatile mainstay of small press publishers everywhere, the Vandercook is a cylinder proof press originally designed to produce trial impressions of type and image blocks. Participants will print a combination of lead type, dingbats and pre-existing image blocks in one colour on white paper.

Further information and guidelines on image preparation for each process will be provided via email after booking. All necessary materials will be provided for tour options with hands-on activities under the required per participant materials fee. Other then sketches or reference images, the use of outside materials such as papers, inks and/or plates, cannot be accommodated.