Thursday, December 28, 2017

PPOW gets a Jump Start

Help us take printmaking and papermaking into the community! Follow this link to our  Generosity fundraising page

The Center for Collaborative Research  (CCR) enters its second year and we continue to move our organization forward offering workshops, classes, pop up demonstrations and other activities related to print and paper making.  Our partnership with The Kenosha Creative Space is something to celebrate  and our collaborations with them continue to be fun.

 We have been offered a 2000 Ford e-350 super duty bus/van which will be dedicated for our PPOW activities. We are seeking donations to get the van outfitted to house our portable etching press and paper making  equipment. When the van is finished we will be able to take our presses anywhere and set up a functioning shop in a matter of minutes.

This fundraising effort is being dedicated to help refurbish the Ford, build out the interior,  fix up some of the rust and get it into roadworthy shape. The 2000 Ford is a V8 with 150,000 miles on the odometer, the tires are good, the liftgate works really well and it starts right up! The Ford will be painted blue and CCR's logo and PPOW will be emblazoned on the sides. 

CCR is a 501 (c)(3} and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have any questions or want to get involved with our project please contact us. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Victorian Christmas & Harbor Holiday, Saturday, December 2

CCR had the distinct privilege of working with  Paul Aken, at the Kenosha Civil War Museum all day Saturday.  Paul is the founder and proprietor of the Platen Press Museum, located in Zion Illinois. 

Paul and I assisted over 500 people print the Victorian Christmas Celebration Card. We are using Civil War era field letter presses for the activity.

What Fun!

The joys of printing with Paul, David  and perhaps the youngest printer on the planet.

2017 Christmas card designed  by Paul Aken

Friday, November 10, 2017

CCR and the Kenosha Creative Space celebrate La Dia de los Muertos!

We begin at the Day of the Dead party for the Kenosha Creative Space, Nov. 4, 2017. Heated tents! David gives a demonstration on relief printing, using our Press on Wheels etching press.
David shows a young viewer how to print. 
A participant runs the press!
Bob Schneider, Board President of the Kenosha Creative Space, and Francisco Loyola, Executive Director, announce that we have a building! We will start the build-out during the next 3 months.

Wonderful Spanish music all night long!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The First Annual Simmons Island Beach Party

On September 22 & 23rd, the Kenosha Creative Space hosted the First Simmons Island Beach Party. It was an event to remember the day was perfect, and the turnout was fabulous.

CCR was invited to set up a papermaking and printmaking pop-up workshop.  

Check out some pics from the event. 
YES!, Making paper.

A family activity

Concentration and focus yield the perfect sheet.

Nothing spells relief like printmaking

Looking outside of our pop-up print and papermaking space

The Simmons Island Beach House, Open for the first time in 20 or 30 years.
The Pop-up studios were on the other side facing the lake.  And inside the work of Marilyn Propp, Ajay Singh Bedi and David Jones 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


September is proving to be a busy month: we have had a drypoint workshop for young people and two for adults.We decided to hold our workshops in spite of low numbers; 2 students for our young peoples class and 3 for our adult drypoint class, and 3 for our Xerox transfer workshop.
Here are some images from the Xerox Transfer workshop.

Yvette Pino  pulling a print 
      As easy as 1 2 & 3

Transfer Print by Vicki Reed

Transfer Print by Gina Litherland

Transfer Print by Yvette Pino

AND  meanwhile,  the printing goes on!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Drypoint workshop @ CCR

Mary Rhodes, Gina Litherland, & Patricia Mattingly working on their plates

Drypoint print by Patricia Mattingly

Drypoint print by Gina Litherland 

Drypoint print by Mary Rhodes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First Prints

Zoe has agreed to share a couple of the images she created at last week's drypoint workshop. These are her first prints-- not bad!!!

Sign up for our next workshop, which will be on September 5th. Don't be shy, explore drypoint printmaking @ CCR.

Red Violet
5" x 8" drypoint on paper
Zoe Ernest 2017   

Blue Power
5" x 8" drypoint on paper
Zoe Ernest 2017   

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Our first young printmakers workshop

It seems all good things start small. If that is the case, then we expect extraordinarily amazing activities to follow.  Our first workshop for young children was small, but Zoe and Lucy dug in and made some wonderful work. (I'll post pictures of the work later).  If you would like to explore printmaking, have some fun, and rediscover your inner child, contact us.

Lucy and Zoe inking their drypoint plates

Lucy helping with cleanup. 

Zoe at the press

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Final Summer Papermaking Class was Fantastic!

Liz Tercek's painted handmade sheet. This was her first time making paper.

Liz creating her painted image on her formed sheet

Liz Tercek and Nancy Barasch working on their sheets. Nancy signed up for all three workshops!

Nancy's grandson joined us for the first day.

Nancy's final experimentation after 5 weeks: pigmented cast paper from an antique doll's head.
 This will be attached to another of her formed sheets.

Nancy's landscapes were experimental and very successful: double-couching and watermarks!

Liz exploring pulp painting for the first time.

One of Liz's double-couched and  pulp painted sheets.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

new classes and workshops

The Center for Collaborative Research
Press and Paper on Wheels

Fall Classes 2017


Call 773-746-3241 or email
A $10 deposit saves your place in the class.

Classes will be held at St. Matthew’s Guild Hall, 5900 7th Ave, Kenosha, on the 2nd floor.

*All classes are taught by David Jones, Director, Master printer and co-founder of the CCR. Previously the Director of Anchor Graphics, Chicago and adjunct faculty at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.*

NEW POW (Press on Wheels)
Are you interested in having us host a workshop in your studio, home, Community Center, Classroom or Creative Space? Contact us to discuss possibilities, costs, and availability about workshops tailored specifically to your groups' needs.

 Call 773-746-3241 or email

Classes 2017

Drypoint for Kids 1-day session. Noon to 3PM
Elementary school age
Class size limit 8
Want to get inky? Bring your own drawings or family photos, size 5” x 7”. We’ll provide the plexi, inks, etching tools, and etching press. Make your own etchings, learn how to ink them, run them through the press, and print multiples. This is a non-toxic method.
Instructor: David Jones. Class fee is $35 plus $5 materials fee.

Drypoint on Plexi 2-day session
Class size limit 8
For all levels. You don’t need to know how to draw to create etchings. Bring your photographs or other images to place under plexi, size 5” x 7.” With this non-toxic method, you’ll use an engraving tool to cut beautiful drypoint lines into the plexi by tracing your images. You’ll ink up your plate and print it by hand on the etching press. A small edition can be printed.
Instructor: David Jones. $65 plus $10 materials fee

Xerox Transfer 2-day session
MONDAY and WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH and 20th, 6 – 9
Class size limit 8
For all levels. A transfer process that transforms black and white xerox copies into paper-plate lithographs. Using color ink, you’ll ink up your plates and print them by hand on an etching press, producing a one-of-a-kind print. 
Bring multiple B & W xerox copies, size 8 ó” x 11,” of photographs, drawings, scanned images, and/or collages to transform into prints.
Instructor: David Jones. $65 plus $10 materials fee

NEW Multi color or CMYK Xerox Transfer 4-day session

Class size limit 8
If you loved the Xerox transfer class, you’ll love this workshop. We will teach you how to print multi colored xerox transfer prints. Build on what you know!! We will use a xerox type copy transfer process that transforms black and white xerox copies into color prints. Using color ink, you’ll ink up your plates and print them by hand on an etching press, producing a one-of-a-kind colored print. Bring multiple B & W xerox copies, size 8.5” x 11,” of photographs, drawings, scanned images, and/or collages to transform into prints.
Instructor: David Jones. $120 plus $10 materials fee

NEW Directed Exploration Wednesday Evening Session

Class limit 8
For those who have completed CCR classes or are experienced printmakers. Do you need a space to work on your prints? Take your images to the next level. CCR offers this opportunity to receive instruction as well as provide you with the space to explore your creativity. Supported Processes: xerox transfers and dry-point prints.
Instructor: David Jones. $25 plus $5 materials fee per session. Pre registration required.
Reserve your spot now!

Thank you to all our supporters, especially,       
The Kenosha Community Foundation 
&  a proud partner with the Kenosha Creative Space

David Jones demonstrating the Xerox Transfer printing process to his students.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Banking on Our Community

On July 21st and 22nd CCR (Center for Collaborative Research) joined the Kenosha Creative Space, artists, performers & merchants from the area in support and celebration of Uptown Brass Village.

Here are a few shots of our POW (Press On Wheels) in action.