Community Programs
artists in classrooms
For registration information,
please contact:

Terry Gerald,
Office Administrator

If you are interested in teaching classes or workshops,
please contact:

Amy Eriksen
Director of Education

Phone: 310-519-0936
Fax: 310-519-8698

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Angels Gate Cultural Center Printmaking Studio Services
Classes and Workshops
Printmaking Survey with Emphasis on Non-Toxic Processes
Tuesdays 10 am - 12:30 pm
10 weeks $220 + $30 materials fee
September 16 - November 18, 2014

Section 1 - Monotype, Sep 16 - 30
($90 + $10 materials fee)
Section 2 - Relief, Oct 7 - 21
($90 + $10 materials fee)
Section 3 - Etching, Oct 28 - Nov 18
($100 + $10 materials fee)
Building E

Printmaking survey will cover traditional printmaking techniques of monotype, relief and etching. Over a period of ten weeks students are introduced to each technique and provided training and assistance with designing and producing their own original artwork. Our small class size allows for extra assistance for those who are new to printmaking, while advanced printmakers can further their practice with ample, assisted access to our presses and specialized tools.

Monotype, known as the painterly print is immediate and lends itself to spontaneity and experimentation due to its simple nature where prints are achieved by "painting" onto a flat plate and then printing the imagery onto paper with the use of a printmaking press. We will cover "viscosity" methods, subtractive monotype as well as the use stencils and masks.

Woodcut relief printmaking is accomplished when artists carve away negative printing areas from a piece of birch plywood. What is left of the surface is inked and the imagery is then printed onto paper by way of the printmaking press. Woodcuts have a classic graphic-look that make use of a variety of textures created by carving into wood with chisels. Students will learn carving and printing techniques as well as multi-block printing and registration.

Finally students will learn the method of copper plate etching. A process that involves "etching" or burning a variety of line work into a copper surface. The versatile nature and range of mark-making possibilities makes this technique a favorite among printmakers; for this reason, we offer a final four-week session to cover line etching, aquatint, soft ground and sugar lift.

Registration Form - Printmaking

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Bookbinding II - Open Spine Hardcovers
Wednesdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Oct 29th, Nov 5, 12, 19
Building E

$100 + $15 materials fee ($175 + $30 materials fee for bookbinding I & II)
Open spine hardcovers are appealing not only for the gorgeous decorative spines, but as they lay flat, they make fantastic sketchpads. This class will focus on the long stitch using tapes as both a design element and for added spine strength, and fun variation on the coptic stitch. Each student will walk away with a minimum of two hardcover journals and a slew of inspiration for future coptic and long stitch books!

Mini-Book Extravaganza
Saturday, 10-6
November 15, 2014
Building E

$100 + $15 materials fee
This workshop was designed with the upcoming gift-giving season in mind, and will provide an opportunity for those new to bookbinding learn some basic techniques while providing the more experienced bookbinder an opportunity to translate their skills to a smaller scale. We will focus on three book structures throughout the day, so that you can create as many books as your heart desires (hint: great stocking stuffers)

Match book notebook
Playing card stab stitch
Mini accordion book

Registration Form - Printmaking

For inquiries on Printmaking Classes, please contact our Community Programs Administrator, Terry Gerald: or 310-519-0936

To register for printmaking classes please fill out the following form and send it with payment to:
Attn: Terry Gerald
Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey Street, Box #1
San Pedro, CA 90731

Registration Form - Printmaking

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Open Shop (with tech assistance)
Second Friday of every month 1-6pm
Building E

To offer students the chance to further practice the techniques learned in any of our classes, we are opening the Print Studio on the 2nd Friday of the month. Open shop will consist of assisted work time as well as use of shop tools and selected materials. We require that you have previously been or are currently enrolled in an Angels Gate print studio class.

$30 + $5 material fee.

Registration Form - Printmaking

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Fully equipped printmaking studio for intaglio, relief, monotype, and silkscreen printing.

Master Printing Services:
Work closely with our master printer to create limited editions of your prints - this service is for artists who desire to create limited editions of prints, but do not necessarily possess the printmaking expertise needed, or are not interested in the technical side of printmaking. The close collaboration with our master printer includes discussion of artist's vision for the desired print, the most suitable printmaking technique is identified, followed by platemaking, and subsequently proofing, and printing the limited edition. We work with emerging, as well as well established artists. Our studio has produced prints with artists such Hirokazu Kosaka, Peter Liashkov, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Jennifer D. Anderson, Carol Es - just to mention a few.

Studio Rental:
This is a service we offer to artists who wish, and are able to work independently in the studio. After introductory training session, the studio can be rented on monthly, daily, and hourly bases.

Workshops and Seminars for Groups and Individuals:
If you want to sample what printmaking has to offer, or if you want to focus on one technique only, we are here to help - work with our experienced instructors in safe, and well-equipped printmaking studio.

About the Studio
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  • Japanese Etching Press with a set of 3 printing blankets (pusher, cushion, catcher) - pressbed size: 51" x 27"
  • Electric Press with a set of 3 printing blankets (pusher, cushion, catcher) - pressbed size: 48" x 25"
  • Lithographic Press - pressbed size: 58" x 33" - complete with set of press bars: 12", 14", 16", 18", 21" and 23"
Screenprinting Equipment:
  • 7 screens - size: 26" x 36"
Screenprinting squeegees:
  • one 6", one 10", one 29" squeegee
  • three 22" squeegees
  • 2 emulsion coaters - size 14"
  • Screenprinting table with clamps
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Paper Preparation Equipment:
  • Paper preparation table 92" x 48"
  • Paper cutter: 25" x 25"
  • 30" Stainless steel tear bar
  • 2 Aluminum 48" rulers
  • 4 scissors
  • Paper soaking tub: 26" x 31"
  • Blotting area with set of blotting towels
Inking Areas:
  • Large glass inking area: 36" x 36'
  • 2 glass inking areas: each 32" x 20"
  • 2 portable glass inking areas: each 34" x 22"
  • marble inking slab: 37" x 21"
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Tools, and other useful things:
  • 8 palette knives
  • 2 razor blade scrapers with razor blades (for clean up)
  • Stiff tarlatan for wiping intaglio plates
Brayers and Rollers:
  • five 2" brayers
  • five 3" brayers
  • three 4" brayers
  • three 6" brayers
  • one 18" roller with wooden stand
  • two 24" litho rollers with wooden stand
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Plate Preparation Tools:
  • 2 files for beveling
  • 4 sets of clamps with protective coating
  • sharpening stone
  • 2 small scrapers
  • 2 small burnishers
  • 1 etching needle
  • 1 electric dremmel tool
  • 2 vertical etching tanks for etching copper - 27" x 24" (currently without etching solution)
  • 1 flat etching tub with lid - 9" x 7" (with ferric chloride for etching copper)
  • 1 Aquatint Box
  • 1 Hot plate
Materials for clean-up:
  • paper towels, spray bottles, rags, telephone books, newspaper, cleaning supplies
print shop Paper drying areas and storage:
  • Drying Rack - 50 shelves - size:48" x 32"
  • 9 Print Drying Boards - size: 48" x 32"
  • 10 Flat files: 48" x 53"
  • 10 Flat files: 44" x 35"
  • Storage shelves and drawers.
Other work areas:
  • 3 tables - 48" x 31", 48" x 29", 48" x 30"
  • Chairs
The studio has access to hot and cold water, to bathroom and to electricity.

For more information please contact Terry Gerald:

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