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Fall 2022 Classes

The RisoLAB’s Fall session begins on September 19th and runs through December 22nd! 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 dates 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 six weeks of RisoLAB access which can be utilized be applied to the first or second half of the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester.

Registration for classes is now open! You can sign up by following the direct links on each course description, or access all of our Visual Narrative and RisoLAB courses by following the link below:

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RISO Printing: An Introduction

  • Course Number: VNC-1577-A
  • Instructor: Wren McDonald, Illustrator, Cartoonist
  • Schedule: Thurs., Sep. 22 - Dec. 1
  • Hours: 6:00pm - 9:30 pm
  • Details: 10 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $525
  • 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: Weds., Sept. 21 - Nov. 30
  • Hours: 6:00pm - 9:30 pm
  • Details: 10 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $525
  • 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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RISO Printing: Art Books and Abstract Comics

  • Course Number: VNC-2371-A
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald, Artist, Printer, Poet; Co-Founder, Cold Cube Press
  • Schedule: Mon., Sept. 19 - Nov. 21
  • Hours: 6:30-10:00
  • Details: 10 sessions / 3.5 CEUs $525
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

This course is an exploration of the book as a work of art, as well as the formal ideas of abstract comics. The ease of use and the agility of Risograph printing make it the perfect method to execute different ideas in a relatively short amount of time. Students will learn the process of bookmaking from start to finish, and how to work within the limitations of Risograph printing. We will investigate and engage with abstract comics – books of sequential and formally linked drawings, as opposed to narrative-based comics – as well as photography, painting and design. Art books by contemporary artists will be addressed, as well as the history of art books and abstract comics. By the end of the course, each student will have developed distinct editions of art books, as well as a larger, multicolor Riso art book for a final project. This course is for students who are interested in creating art books, as well as those interested in learning a new perspective in making comics.

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

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald, Artist, Printer, Poet; Co-Founder, Cold Cube Press
  • Schedule: Weds., Oct. 5 - Nov. 9
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (EST)
  • Details: 6 sessions; 2 CEUs $225
  • 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: 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. 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.

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

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL1
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald, Artist, Printer, Poet; Co-Founder, Cold Cube Press
  • Schedule: Tues., Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions; 2 CEUs $225
  • 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:  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. 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.

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Bootcamp Training Workshops

 

RisoLAB Boot Camp Intensive (October 29-30)

  • Course Number: VNC-2613-B
  • Instructor: Aidan Fitzgerald
  • Schedule: Sat, Sun Oct. 29-30
  • Hours: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Details: 2 sessions/$150
  • Studio Fee: $175

Course Info

In this intensive, students will develop a tool kit of Risograph printing skills. The course is designed for students who have completed an online RisoLAB, and is also open to anyone who previously completed an in-person RisoLAB course. 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 facilities for a scheduled six-week period in order to print their Risograph projects.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed an online RisoLAB course or a course in Risograph printing at the RisoLAB.

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-September 19-December 22)

  • Course Number: VND-ACCESS
  • Instructor:
  • Schedule: September 19-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 bootcamp training intensive or a Risograph course.

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Fall RisoLAB Access-Half Semester (October 31-December 22)

  • Course Number: VND-ACCESS-B7
  • Instructor:
  • Schedule: October 31-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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Fall RisoLAB Access-Half Semester (September 19-November 6)

  • Course Number: VND-ACCESS-A7
  • Instructor:
  • Schedule: September 19-November 6
  • 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

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RisoLAB Hours of Operation (September 19-December 20)
  1. Monday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  2. Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  4. Thursday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  5. Friday
    12:00 PM -8:00 PM
  6. Saturday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  7. Sunday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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