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
Executive Director/Director of Education

Phone: 310-519-0936

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

Angels Gate Cultural Center Printmaking Studio Services
Classes and Workshops
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Introduction to Printmaking
Saturdays, 10- 1pm Starting Sep 12, 2015
8 Weeks
$250 Class fee + $25 materials
Instructor: Nguyen Ly

Topics to be covered:
• Monoprinting/Monotype
• Intaglio process (drypoint)
• Collagraphy - includes intaglio and relief ways of printing
• Image transfer

Introduction to Printmaking Class Outline

Week 1: Introduction and overview of printmaking techniques that will be taught in class. Demo on different ways of making monoprints and montypes with the use of oil pastels, water base crayons, inks, stencils, and image transfer.

Week 2: Begin printing

Week 3: Continue printing

Week 4: Introduction to intaglio process, drypoint. Demo on how to engrave into an acrylic plate by using a variety of tools including etching scribe, electric engraver, dremel, and wood burner.

Week 5: Continue working on drypoint plate. Begin printing plate.

Week 6: Finish printing drypoint plate. Short introduction on collagraphy and materials needed to make a collagraph plate.

Week 7: Work on collagraph plate in class. Demo on ways of printing collagraph plate.

Week 8: Print collagraph plate. Critique of works printed during the quarter.

List of Materials to be purchased by student:
Printmaking paper - Stonehenge 22" x 30" or Rives BFK 22" x 30", a minimum of 10 sheets per student.
Acrylic sheets (plexi) - 9" x 12"
Oil pastels

Materials and equipment in the studio to be used: etching scribe, Dremel, solder, electric engraver, etching inks, acrylic sheets (plexi)


Collagraph Printmaking
Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm
Starting Sep 8, 2015
8 weeks
$250 Class fee + $25 materials fee
Instructor: Nguyen Ly

Focus on a printmaking technique where a variety of textured materials such as fabric, tape, threads, sandpaper can be used to create a collage plate for printing. Students will learn how to construct, ink and print the plates in both the intaglio and relief processes. Other printmaking techniques will also be introduced. Experimentation is strongly encouraged. All levels welcome.


Intro to Bookbinding, Part A - Softcovers
Thursdays, Sep 10, 17, 2015
$80 + $10 materials fee

Week 1: prep pages and cover materials
Week 2: stitch text block to cover and add finishing details

This class will focus on softcover structures with participants each making a traveler's journal: a softcover book with a flap closure. We will begin class by covering basic bookbinding elements and vocabulary, and each student will be encouraged to design and make a book inspired by his or her own aesthetic. Vinyl and oilcloth cover material and text weight paper provided with materials fees but students are invited to bring additional materials to work with- leather, watercolor or pastel paper, etc. Please contact instructor about dimensions, recommendations and other questions.


Intro to Bookbinding, Part B - Exposed Spine Hardcovers
Wednesdays Sep 30, Oct 7, 2015
$80 + $10 materials fee

Week 1: prep covers and pages
Week 2: stitch on covers and complete text block

Part A recommended, but not required.There is a discount offered to those who sign up for both part A and B of this series (see below).

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 basic Coptic Stitch, with returning and advanced students encouraged to work on more advanced variations such as uneven or asymmetrical designs, with instructor guidance. Each student will walk away with a at least one hardcover journal and a slew of inspiration for future open-spine book projects!

Advanced Registration for Classes A and B as a series:
Get a discount for signing up for this two-part series as one four week class!
$120 plus a single $15 material fee if signed up and paid by the start of class A on Sep 10.
(Please note that price reflects that each week's class is a half an hour longer than classes previously offered.)
Early sign up for both A and B together not only ensures your spot in both classes, but saves you $40 on the Intro to Bookbinding class series.

Recommendation for all Classes:
As weekday classes begin right after lunch hour, the instructor invites you to participate in an optional picnic lunch before class. Why not meet with classmates to lunch under the trees before class? If this interests you, contact the instructor to confirm and for more details.

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One Day Workshop: Mini Books!
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 10am-5pm
$100 plus $15 materials fee

This class focuses on the making micro books in the hardcover, exposed-spine Coptic style. Completed books will be no larger than 3in. x 2.5in. and no smaller than 1in. X 2in. Beginners welcome, but please be advised that micro-books may be difficult for the super-beginner, as well as those who have trouble with vision or fine motor skills. The instructor is happy to make modifications to accommodate all levels of experience and abilities. Please contact with questions or concerns so that she can prepare materials for you before the beginning of class.

It is recommended that you bring a sack lunch and snacks to this all-day class. Food is not permitted inside the studio, but we will take a brief break to lunch at the picnic tables on campus, and individuals are encouraged to take short snack and stretch breaks as needed.

Materials Fees:
Use of all studio tools and equipment as well as enough materials for each student to make one of each project described within a class ie: basic text weight paper for text block, in either a full 8.5 x 11 inch size or a half sheet, depending on the class.
Book board for covers (if hardcover)
PVA and/or Methyl Cellulose glue (if hardcover or perfect bound)
neutral colored bookcloth (hardcovers) or random color of upholstery vinyl or oil cloth (soft covers)

*Students are also welcome to bring any specialty materials they would like to work on, and additional materials (ie: different colors of book cloth, etc) will be available to purchase with cash or check payable to instructor, or students may order additional book cloth colors through this website before classes: Click here to go to website (see instructor for free shipping coupon code, as she will bring materials to class)

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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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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