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Fall 2021: RisoLAB Fully Re-Opens

This September, the RisoLAB will fully reopen to the public. Our twelve week in-person Continuing Education courses and fifteen week for-credit BFA class will return! For those unable to attend in person classes, we will continue to offer our popular online RisoLAB Remote Series courses. Course registration is now open! You can find course descriptions and signup links below. 

Students who completed an online RisoLAB Remote Series course over the past year are eligible to sign up for our two session, eight hour follow up Bootcamp Training workshop, which will cover the technical skills involved in hands on Risograph printing. This workshops includes seven weeks of RisoLAB access which can be utilized be applied to the first or second half of the Fall 2021 semester.

The RisoLAB Remote Series classes will once again be offered this Fall! This suite of online classes that will focus on the design, file preparation, and conceptual work that goes into preparing a Risograph print project. In our online Intro, and Mini Comics Risograph courses, students will be guided through a range of technical presentations to give them the skills to prepare their work. Instructors will show examples from the work of other Risograph based artists, printers and publishers, work by other students, as well as their own creative practice, while providing a solid art historical framework to inspire and contextualize contemporary Riso print as used by artists from every creative background.

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RisoLAB Remote Series: Introduction to Digital Print Design for Riso (Section 2)

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald, Artist, Printer, Poet; Co-Founder, Cold Cube Press
  • Schedule: Weds., Nov. 3-Dec. 15
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions; 2 CEUs $220
  • Studio Fee: 0

Course Info

Through online lectures and slide presentations, students will receive technical training in print design for the Risograph process. Feedback and guidance will be given through group and individual critiques. An overview of Risograph printing and its range of printing techniques, as well as examples of Risograph and printmaking-based work will be included. Each student will prepare a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional fliers, and other projects formatted for the Riso print process as well as presentation in digital form.

NOTE: After completing this course, students will be eligible to sign up for a RisoLAB Boot Camp Intensive – an in-person Risograph training workshop – that allows access to our facilities to print their Riso projects developed in this course. All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.

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Bootcamp Training Workshops

 

RisoLAB Boot Camp Intensive (October 23-24)

  • Course Number: VNC-2613-C
  • Instructor: Wren McDonald
  • Schedule: Sat, Sun Oct. 23-24
  • Hours: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Details: 2 sessions/$175
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

Available to those who have completed an online RisoLAB Remote Series course, in this intensive students will develop a toolkit of Risograph printing skills. The basics of operating the Risograph will be covered, including how to change drums, proper registration, manipulating printing speeds and technical settings to avoid printing mistakes. Through print demonstrations and hands-on exercises, students will gain a working knowledge of how to achieve the best result in translating their digital and analog designs into vivid and striking Risograph prints. Upon completion of this boot camp, students will have access to the RisoLAB for seven weeks of print access.

PREREQUISITE: VNC-1578, RisoLAB Remote Series: Intro to Riso Print Design, or VNC-2240, RisoLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing, or VNC-2363, RisoLAB Remote Series: Mini Comics. This prerequisite may be waived if a prospective student can demonstrate prior relevant printmaking and/or Riso printing experience. 

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Open Lab Access

Fall RisoLAB Access (Full Semester)

  • Course Number: VND-ACCESS
  • Instructor:
  • Schedule: September 13- December 22
  • Hours: Availability based on RisoLAB Schedule
  • Details:
  • Studio Fee: $350

Course Info

The RisoLAB is dedicated to the philosophy and practice of independent self-publishing. It provides the opportunity for creative expression, offers an understanding of the print production process, and encourages collaboration in the production and publishing of student projects. RisoLAB access includes use of the Risograph duplicators for self-publishing and printing, as well as small-format bindery tools, paper trimming equipment, inks, tools and resources, along with tech support. Students who wish to work in the Lab must have successfully completed RisoLAB’s Risograph training or a Risograph course.

To sign up, follow the link below and search for VND-ACCESS. You will need your SVA login credentials to access the system.

Note: Students who had access to the RisoLAB during the Spring 2020 semester and received a credit can apply this credit by signing up for Fall access using this link.

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Fall RisoLAB Access (Seven Weeks/Half Semester)

  • Course Number: VND-ACCESS-B7
  • Instructor:
  • Schedule: November 2- December 22
  • Hours: Availability based on RisoLAB Schedule
  • Details:
  • Studio Fee: $225

Course Info

The RisoLAB is dedicated to the philosophy and practice of independent self-publishing. It provides the opportunity for creative expression, offers an understanding of the print production process, and encourages collaboration in the production and publishing of student projects. RisoLAB access includes use of the Risograph duplicators for self-publishing and printing, as well as small-format bindery tools, paper trimming equipment, inks, tools and resources, along with tech support. Students who wish to work in the Lab must have successfully completed RisoLAB’s Risograph training or a Risograph course.

 

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In-Progress Courses

Risograph Printing: An Introduction (For-Credit, BFA & MFA SVA Students)

  • Course Number: VND-2134
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis
  • Schedule: Weds., Sept. 8 - Dec. 15
  • Hours: 12:10-3:00 pm
  • Details: 15 sessions; 3 credits
  • Studio Fee:

Course Info

As technology transforms our lives, many artists have turned to print media and Risograph printing-a vibrant and flexible medium that bridges digital and analog techniques. In this course we will explore the possibilities that this dynamic medium offers through print design assignments, readings and critiques. Students will receive technical training in print design for the Riso process through in-class printing, demonstrations and presentations. Feedback and guidance will be given in group and individual critiques. An overview of Risograph printing and its range of techniques, as well as examples of Risograph and printmaking-based work will be included. Each student will prepare and print a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional flyers, and other printed matter. Group assignments will foster a spirit of collaborative problem solving. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the Risograph process as well as a new set of digital and analog design skills that can be applied to other mediums. Note: Open to students from all departments. Note: This class is for current, matriculated BFA and MFA students enrolled in a degree program at the School of Visual Arts. Open to students from all departments. Includes access to the RisoLAB.

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Mini Comics: From the Page to Production

  • Course Number: VNC-2362-A
  • Instructor: Wren McDonald, Illustrator, Cartoonist
  • Schedule: Tues., Sept. 21 - Dec. 7
  • Hours: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Details: 12 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $500
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

The goal of this course is to create Risograph-printed, narrative-based minicomics from start to finish. Students will experiment with writing and drawing short comics, and learn to use Risograph to print and assemble them. Throughout the course they will be challenged to thrive within the limitations of this printing process. Students will also learn to analyze comics not only through written and drawn techniques, but also through color, physicality and printing technique. This course is for students who are interested in creating comics, as well as producing thoughtful, tangible art objects. Students will complete multiple zines; the final project will be a print run of a multicolor, Risograph-printed minicomic.

NOTE: This course is held on-site at SVA and includes access to the RisoLAB.

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RISO Printing: An Introduction

  • Course Number: VNC-1577-A
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer, Publisher
  • Schedule: Thurs., Sept. 23 - Dec. 16
  • Hours: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Details: 12 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $500
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

Risograph Duplicator printing technology combines the vibrant spot colors of silkscreen, the high resolution and speedy mass production of offset lithography, and the user-friendly automation of an advanced color copier. These compact machines can function as a print shop in a box. Their ease of use, print quality and low overhead costs make them extremely popular among independent publishers, zine makers, graphic designers, photographers, and others who are interested in making quick and vibrant editions on paper. In this course, students will be given a thorough overview of Risograph printing and its range of printing techniques. Each student will generate a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional fliers, and other printed matter.

NOTE: This course is held on-site at SVA and includes access to the RisoLAB.

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RISO Printing: Zines and Small Publishing

  • Course Number: VNC-2239-A
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer, Publisher
  • Schedule: Mon., Sept. 20- Dec. 6
  • Hours: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Details: 12 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $500
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

The past few years have seen an explosion of zines and small publishing among artists, designers and photographers. Even the most digitally based creative professionals are embracing the zine as a vital tool for experimentation, collaboration and communication. The Risograph Duplicator has emerged as a medium of choice for zine publishing. This technology fuses analog and digital printing techniques, combining the vibrant colors of silkscreen printing with the speed and automation of digital and offset printing. In this course students will be given a rigorous introduction to this medium and how to use it effectively as a tool for self-publishing. We will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Class assignments will act as conceptual sparks to point students in new directions. In addition, collaborative projects among classmates will foster creative cross-pollination. Students will complete several zine editions, and discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act—a way of multiplying one’s vision and spreading it out into the world.

NOTE: This course is held on-site at SVA and includes access to the RisoLAB.

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RisoLAB Remote Series: Introduction to Digital Print Design for Riso (Section 1)

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald, Artist, Printer, Poet; Co-Founder, Cold Cube Press
  • Schedule: Tues., Oct. 5-Nov. 9
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions; 2 CEUs $220
  • Studio Fee: 0

Course Info

Through online lectures and slide presentations, students will receive technical training in print design for the Risograph process. Feedback and guidance will be given through group and individual critiques. An overview of Risograph printing and its range of printing techniques, as well as examples of Risograph and printmaking-based work will be included. Each student will prepare a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional fliers, and other projects formatted for the Riso print process as well as presentation in digital form.

NOTE: After completing this course, students will be eligible to sign up for a RisoLAB Boot Camp Intensive – an in-person Risograph training workshop – that allows access to our facilities to print their Riso projects developed in this course. All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.

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  3. Wednesday
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