About This Studio
VisArts’ printmaking studio can host a variety of printmaking and book arts processes. The space is equipped with a screen printing exposure unit, six vacuum printing stations, four mobile-screen printing stations, a Charles brand printing press for relief and intaglio processing, a large drying rack and a multitude of relief cutting tools, brayers, barens, squeegees, inks and more. For a complete equipment list, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
(804) 353-0094, ext. 226
Open Studio Schedule
The open studio schedule is updated for each class session. Please note that times are subject to change.
- For your personal safety, please remove or tie back any loose clothing or long hair while using the press. Be sure to wash your hands at the end of work.
- Do not look at the exposure unit when turning it on. Utilize the black felt curtains to block the light or leave the room immediately and close the door.
- Take care when using blades. No cutting is allowed on the tables without a cutting mat. Be careful when using sharp tools in relief cutting.
- Always stack prints on drying racks from the bottom, up, and remove dry prints immediately.
- Be very careful when operating the press. Keep hands away from the edges and the roller. Hands should be clean when using the press and handling blankets. Do not over-tighten the press as the rollers and bed may be damaged. Never put any hard or sharp objects through the press.
- When using oil-based inks, do not put solvents down the sink. Clean your plates and work station thoroughly with rags, and place solvent-soaked rags in the red hazard waste bin.
- Wipe down counters, press beds, handles and glass countertops/palettes after use. Clean up all cuttings from relief carving. Clean spatulas, squeegees and any other equipment that you used. Thoroughly wash out all screens after use.
- Do not reclaim VisArts screens; this is done by studio monitors, studio assistants and teachers.
- Students have full access to all inks and tools; Open studio users can utilize black screen-printing ink and newsprint.
- Students and open studio users should plan to bring their own paper and other printing materials. Scrap paper is often stocked and available for anyone to use.
- Students get a screen as a part of their class. Students and open studio users can rent additional precoated screens for $5. You are welcome to bring your own screens and emulsion.
EQUIPMENT + TOOL USAGE DURING OPEN STUDIO
- Relief cutting tools, brayers, barens, squeegees, spatulas and other basic printmaking tools are available for use.
- All open studio users can utilize the screen-printing stations.
- Please check with a studio monitor before using the exposure unit. The Charles Brand Press is only available to users who have completed a class utilizing the press and/or undergoing certification with a studio monitor or assistant.
- Screen printing exposure unit (can fit screens up to 24” x 36”)
- Six vacuum screen-printing stations
- Four mobile screen-printing stations
- Charles Brand printing press for relief and intaglio processes
- Screen drying room with safe light
- Large drying rack
- Relief-cutting tools, brayers, barens, squeegees, spatulas and other basic screen-printing tools