Introduction to Riso Printing 2023

Event Info

This five-week, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Wednesday nights, April 19 through May 17, from 6:00pm–9:00pm Eastern time.

Complete Schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, April 12 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 editions.

Required Materials:

  • CBA will provide all materials.

Optional Materials:

  • drawing tools, scrap paper for collages, drawings, photographs, and objects to scan
  • laptop with access to Adobe Suite.

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).

Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, April 12 at 11:59pm. Class tuition is $475 plus $50 materials fee. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. To view more information about our current scholarship opportunities, please visit this link. Covid Policy: Masks recommended for in-person classes at CBA.

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