MCCLA Mission Grafica

The Mission Cultural Center’s (MCC) Graphics department was established in 1977, at the same time the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was founded. Our name is a melding of meanings: Mission in English, is an undertaking and a political commitment to social change, and Gráfica in Castilian, establishes a Latino identity, and defends our roots and values.

Within our collection, we have cataloged more than 4,000 posters. This important collection will become one of the most important collections of Latino / Chicano posters in the country. With this archive, the MCCLA possess an important artistic tool to educate the general public and the Latino community about its artists and their print making. The preservation of this body of work is vital to our rich Chicano and Latino cultural history, and it serves as a powerful monument not only to our culture but to the artistic talents of our proud community.

Etching Class

Class: Etching
Instructor: HyeYoon Song

Class DescriptionThis class is open to beginner and advanced artists interested in investigating the technique of etching. Students will learn all aspects of etching including hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, sugar lift, and drypoint.

Date: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $17

Etching ink Paper (Rives BFK, Arches, Stonehenge, etc.) Newsprint Zinc or copper plates Etching needle

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Litography Class

Class: Plate Lithography Workshop
Instructor: Blake Sanders

Date: October 4 and 11 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $200
Materials: $10

Place: Mission Grafica (on the 4th floor of Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts)
Registration is limited to 10 student and closes Sept. 24, 2014
For more information:
Contact Mission Grafica at 415-821-1155 or

Class Description Lithography has a long relationship with poster art, propaganda, and mass marketing due to its fast, reliable reproducibility. Traditionally drawings are done on heavy limestone slabs and printed after an involved chemical process. But there is an easier, cheaper, more portable way! Create hand-rendered or digitally/photographically composed prints on paper-thin polyester plates you can work on at home! These miraculous matrices can be run through a photocopier or laser printer and/or drawn on with a variety of common pens and markers. Printing experience will be critical to get the hang of the technique, so come with drawing resources and/or files in hand so we can print up a storm!

Blake Sanders earned his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from Tulane University. Currently, Sanders teaches printmaking at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has taught printmaking at Tulane and Murray State University, as well as workshops at colleges and community-based art organizations around the country. Sanders has participated in over seventy exhibitions including Los Angeles Printmaking Society 20th National Exhibition, The 15th Space International Print Biennial in Seoul, South Korea, and New Prints 2011/Winter at the International Print Center New York. Blake Sanders is one half of Orange Barrel Industries, a printmaking and curatorial partnership, along with his wife, Hannah. His work supports stewardship by illustrating a bond between people and the natural world.

How to  Rent  a  Studio

1. Come by business hours: Tue-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm and Sat 10:00am-5:00pm
2. Call MG at 415.643.2786 or email at
* Studios vary in availability, thus a call in advance is always appreciated.

Please note MG provides the space and equipment for printing.
We do not provide materials (inks, paper, screens and emulsion)

Facilities  &  Rates


Printmaking equipment
• 32" x 56” Griffin etching press
• 27" x 47” Griffin etching press
• 19” x 32” etching press
• Two units for inking
• Assorted work tables
• Guillotine
• Light tables
• Trays Assorted size

Screen Printing equipment:
• Exposure unit with 43” x 62” bed.
• Darkroom
• Screen pressure washer
• Assorted work tables
• Guillotine
• Light tables
• Squeegees


Mission Gráfica /Studio Rental
• Screen-print & Printing Facilities
1 DAY $35.00
1 MONTH $125.00

• Textile Room
1 day $50.00

Other Services:
Cleaning, Coating and Exposure Jobs
$10.00 /small size (12x18 or smaller)
$15.00/standard screen (18x22)
$20.00/large screen (23x31)

Mission  Grafica’s  Artist  in  Residency

Mission Grafica’s Artist in Residency program
is designed to provide a creative environment for emerging and to broaden the center’s awareness of new approaches and techniques. Its facilities support several printmaking techniques, including intaglio, monoprint, relief, and screen-print. The residency will be from one to 4 months depending on the needs of the artist and the availability of the studio. The ideal candidate should have an MFA or BFA, is self directed and able to work independently. The program is designed to provide artists with press and studio access in order to develop a new body of work.

Residents are required to teach one workshop.
Additional teaching opportunities are available but not required.

The resident will have free use of all printmaking studio equipment and storage for their supplies.
Hours of the studio are Tues-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm and Sat 10:00-5:00pm

Applications should include a letter of intent, CV, and 10-15 piece portfolio in digital format.

Send to: Mission Grafica
Attention to: Marsha Shaw, Mission Grafica Coordinator
Print Residency
2868 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94121