The AS220 Community Printshop is a public-access printmaking studio offering intaglio etching, traditional stone lithography, letterpress, silkscreen, and offset facilities. The shop is equipped with a range of printing equipment; including a Vandercook SP4 Letterpress and a massive Takach intaglio etching press with a 4.5’ x 9.5’ press bed donated by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Since 2005, the AS220 Printshop has taught over 1,500 individuals to become makers of multiples. Each year, approximately 550 people enroll in one or more of the Printshop’s classes. Our dedicated team of 2 staff members, just over a dozen Key Members, and around 15 Shop Members supports a shop that is publicly-accessible 5 days a week. Our resources range from a 1950’s letterpress to a one-of-a-kind 9 1/2 foot etching press. We support a community of over 400 active shop users from all over Rhode Island and across New England. The Printshop also serves the young artists engaged with AS220 Youth, a free multi-site arts education program focused on those in, and transitioning out of, state care and custody. Each week, a group of students ages 14-21 pursue printmaking at the Shop as an integral part of the Youth Studio’s visual arts curriculum.
The Printshop offers resources for:
- Screen Printing (paper and fabric)
- Intaglio & Etching
- Relief Printing
- Traditional Lithography
- Offset Lithography
- Hot Foil Stamping
Many of these techniques are taught through our Printshop workshops, view a current listing of our classes here.
For more information about membership, access or facilities please email the Printshop Manager, Brian Whitney: firstname.lastname@example.org.