Introduction to Riso Printing

Event Info

This five-week, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Monday nights, November 21 through December 19, from 6:00pm–9:00pm Eastern time.

Complete Schedule:

  • Monday, November 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, November 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, December 12, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, December 19, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Monday, November 14 at 11:59 pm.


About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Eva Parra.

Risograph printing is an exciting technique that combines the vibrant spot colors of screenprinting, the cost-effective and large productions of offset printing, and the accessibility of a photocopier machine. It is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of printing and also one of the most compact and convenient ways of reproducing printed matter. These features have made Riso printing a favorite among independent publishers and visual artists to reproduce and disseminate their work. This workshop will guide you to the do’s and dont’s of Riso printing, will introduce you to the history and contemporary context of worldwide Riso production, and will give you the tools to start your own independent publishing label for prints, zines, artists’ books, postcards or whatever edition you may think of!

Participants will experiment with different graphic techniques such as mark making, collage, and watercolor to create their very own 2 color print edition. The workshop will culminate with the conception and printing of a personal 8 page publication.


Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email corina@centerforbookarts.org.

CBA will provide all materials. Students may bring drawing tools, scrap paper for collages, or their own paper for printing if they desire a different paper than the one provided.


About Eva Parra

Eva Parra (1982) is a researcher, educator and printer. She is part of the curatorial collective Indisciplinadas where she has developed exhibitions such as No room for books and soft [cover] revolution. She is the co-founder of Calipso Press, a printing studio, publishing label and artistic collective established in 2015 in Cali, and since 2022 based in NY. Calipso hosts a residency program oriented to expanded publishing and printing experimentation. They have participated in Art book fairs such as NYABF, UNFOLD Shanghai, Libros Mutantes Madrid, Rrreplica México and curated contemporary art projects such as Post Digital Mimeography (Colombia Biennale, Pereira, 2016) and A Sketch for the Future (Miriam Gallery, New York, 2022).


Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on November 14 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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