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Upcoming Courses at the SVA RisoLAB 

We are thrilled to offer a new 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, Zine, 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.

After completing one of our RisoLAB Remote Series courses, students will be eligible to sign up for a separate four day in-person Risograph training workshop to be held in a later semester, which will then allow them to gain access to our facilities and print their Riso projects previously developed in their online course.

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RisoLAB Remote Series: Introduction to Digital Print Design for Riso (Mar. 15-April 19)

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL1
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer. Owner, Mega Press; Co-Founder & Manager, SVA RisoLAB. BFA, MFA, School of Visual Arts.
  • Schedule: Mon., Mar. 15th-April. 19
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions / 1.5 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: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. 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 a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

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RISOLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing (Mar. 16-April 20)

  • Course Number: VNC-2240-OL1
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer. Owner, Mega Press; Co-Founder & Manager, SVA RisoLAB. BFA, MFA, School of Visual Arts.
  • Schedule: Tues., Mar. 16-April 20
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions / 1.5 CEUs $220
  • Studio Fee: 0

Course Info

How to use Risograph effectively as a tool for self-publishing is the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the process of designing and preparing artwork in digital formats that will be ready to print. After a comprehensive introduction to the Risograph medium, we will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Assignments will act as conceptual sparks for exploring new directions. Students will prepare print files for several print and zine editions, and will receive feedback on their work in group and individual critiques. In addition to technical instruction, examples of Riso-based publications from across the small publishing underground will be viewed and discussed, and we will trace the history of the zine and self-publishing impulse from Thomas Paine to the printmaking revival of the 2000s. Students will discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act.

NOTE: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. 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 a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

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In-Progress Courses

Risograph Printing in the Age of Digital and Mechanical Reproduction

  • Course Number: VND-2134
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis
  • Schedule: Weds., Jan. 13-April 28
  • Hours: 12:10-3:00 pm
  • Details: 15 sessions; 3 credits
  • Studio Fee: 0

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 lectures and slide 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 a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional flyers, and other printed matter that will be formatted for printing. Collaborative and group assignments will be printed by the Instructor and RisoLAB technicians. These projects can be safely retrieved by students in the lobby of the RisoLAB building with contactless pickup, or held for future pickup once the RisoLAB is able to fully reopen. By the end of the course, students will have several portfolio pieces ready to print as well as a new set of digital design skills that can be applied to other disciplines. 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. Any possible RisoLAB access will depend on yet-to-be determined facility re-opening plans for the spring 2021 semester. 

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RisoLAB Remote Series: Introduction to Digital Print Design for Riso

  • Course Number: VNC-1578-OL
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer. Owner, Mega Press; Co-Founder & Manager, SVA RisoLAB. BFA, MFA, School of Visual Arts.
  • Schedule: Mon., Jan. 25-Mar. 8th
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Details: 6 sessions; 1.5 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: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. 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 a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

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RisoLAB Remote Series: Mini Comics

  • Course Number: VNC-2363-OL
  • Instructor: Instructor: Wren McDonald, Illustrator, comic artist
  • Schedule: Weds., Jan. 27-April 7
  • Hours: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Details: 10 weeks; 2 CEUs $280
  • Studio Fee: 0

Course Info

The goal of this course is to create narrative-based mini comics, formatted for the Risograph. Students will experiment with writing and drawing short comics, and explore the process of Risograph printing and zine assembly. We will analyze comics not only through written and drawn techniques, but also through color, physicality and printing techniques. This course is for students who are interested in creating comics, as well as producing thoughtful, tangible art objects. Students will complete a mini comic, formatted for Risograph printing.

NOTE: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. 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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RISOLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing

  • Course Number: VNC-2240-OL
  • Instructor: Panayiotis Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer. Owner, Mega Press; Co-Founder & Manager, SVA RisoLAB. BFA, MFA, School of Visual Arts.
  • Schedule: Tues., Jan. 26–Mar. 9th
  • Hours: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm EST
  • Details: 6 sessions / 1.5 CEUs $220
  • Studio Fee: 0

Course Info

How to use Risograph effectively as a tool for self-publishing is the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the process of designing and preparing artwork in digital formats that will be ready to print. After a comprehensive introduction to the Risograph medium, we will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Assignments will act as conceptual sparks for exploring new directions. Students will prepare print files for several print and zine editions, and will receive feedback on their work in group and individual critiques. In addition to technical instruction, examples of Riso-based publications from across the small publishing underground will be viewed and discussed, and we will trace the history of the zine and self-publishing impulse from Thomas Paine to the printmaking revival of the 2000s. Students will discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act.

NOTE: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. 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 a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

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