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.


youth printmaking workshop

Youth Printmaking Workshop

Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 30 – Dec. 16
Hours: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: This workshop is free and limited to 10 students and must be a San Francisco resident.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is pleased to announce a 12-week printmaking workshop for youth, ages 11 through 13 years old starting September 30, 2017 through December 16, 2017. Students will have a rare chance of working in the studio with international painter and printmaker, Gustavo Mora. Students will be encouraged to attend all 12 classes after which a printmaking certificate will be issued. Registration will be limited to 10 students and must reside in San Francisco.

Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is on the 4th floor and is wheelchair accessible

For applications and further information Call Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio: 415-643-2786 or email

senior printmaking workshop

Senior Printmaking Workshop 55-plus

Dates: Wednesdays October 4 through December 13
Hours: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: This workshop is free and limited to 10 students There is a $25 materials fee to be paid on the first day of class

A new 10-week printmaking workshop for seniors age 55-plus kicks off on Oct. 4 and runs through Dec. 13, Wednesdays 1 to 4pm (no class on Thanksgiving week). Whether you have some experience or none, it’s a great opportunity to learn how to make monotypes, collographs screen and relief prints. Learn to print and meet new friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Students are encouraged to attend regularly as each session will build on the last. 

Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is on the 4th floor and is wheelchair accessible

For more information and to sign up call Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio at 415-643-2786 or email

Teacher Bio:
Marsha Shaw lives and works in San Francisco, California where she maintains an active art and teaching practice. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. and M.A. from California State University Northridge. Shaw is currently an adjunct faculty member at De Anza College in Cupertino where she teaches drawing and design. She is the manager of Mission Grafica, a print studio at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she teaches printmaking workshops. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking and printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Museum of Children Art and Mendocino Art Center. Shaw’s work is in several collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio Extended Studio Hours!!!

In an effort to better to serve working artists and students Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is pleased to announce that we have extended our studio rental hours on Tuesday and Thursday starting September 5, 2017.

Extended Hours:
Tues & Thursday 10am-9pm:
$35 per full day (8 hours)
$20 per 1/2 day (4 hours)



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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Etching Class

Class: Screenrpinting
Instructor: Alyssa Aviles

Class DescriptionThis ongoing workshop will introduce you to the stencil method of screen printing. You will use the various image-making methods using monotype techniques, drawing fluid and screen filler techniques and direct-emulsion photographic stencils. You will work with color with multi-run editions and become familiar with the mark-making possibilities of screen-printing while expressing and expanding your own personal style. Beginners welcome.

Date: Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $20

Your image on acetate (2 copies of each image)
Screen (limit 3)
Newsprint pad
Water base screen ink
*What you’re printing on:
T-shirts, cloth, paper (limit 25 items per person)
Clear packaging tape and masking tape
Unfortunately we do not provide or sell any materials.
We encourage all new students to come and visit before taking the class.

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Mission  Grafica’s  Artist  in  Residency

Mission Grafica’s Artist in Residency program is designed to provide a creative environment for emerging and mid career artists. Applicants should hold a BA, BFA, MFA or life equivalency representing an established foundation of knowledge and body of work in printmaking. The residency will be from one to 4 months depending on the needs of the artist and the availability of the studio. Artists must have a clear objective for the time of their residency. Mission Grafica’s facilities support several printmaking techniques, including intaglio, monoprint, relief, and screen-print. Residents will be required to teach one workshop and to donate 5 prints to the MCCLA Archive. Additional teaching oppoßrtunities may be available but not required. Artists will have free use of all printmaking studio equipment and storage for their supplies.

Hours of the studio are Tues-Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sat from 10am - 5pm.

Applications should include a letter of intent, resume, and 10 -15 piece portfolio in digital format along with two recent letters of recommendation.

Send to: Mission Grafica
Attention to: Marsha Shaw, Mission Grafica Coordinator
Print Residency
2868 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110

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)