A School, A Park

Montréal, CA, 26/7–4/8/2017


Rotogravure press, Lanman Engraving Co. Printing the Sunday “Pictorial Section” of the Washington Post, 31 Jan 1926.

A School, A Park


A School, A Park is a graphic design summer school based in Montréal, Canada, consisting of daily workshops, discussions, and lectures, in collaboration with a set of invited designers from Canada and abroad. Each year it re-organizes into a new format, with different tutors, and revolving around a new theme. The program stems from an interest in looking at design with an expanded lens, beyond the traditional client-designer relationship, and into a territory that is more exploratory. It’s meant to be an opportunity for experimentation in design learning through an informal, collaborative, and supportive setting. Also, it’s summer, so it should be an opportunity to enjoy yourself, meet new people, and not take things too seriously.

The summer school is open to anyone with motivation and interest in design and alternative forms of learning. This includes not only graphic designers, but artists, architects, curators, and writers as well. We welcome and encourage a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and levels of experience to apply, from current students and recent graduates, to working professionals. Previous years have seen participants from across North America, including students representing schools such as UQAM, McGill, OCAD, RISD, Pratt, VCU, Princeton, Yale, Parsons, and CalArts.


This year, the summer school will take on the form of a makeshift print shop. With a total of 5 workshops across 10-days, participants will have the opportunity to take part in 3 of them, each led by a different set of tutors, allowing to experience a wide variety of attitudes and perspectives towards printing in a design context. Workshops will engage in technique, experimentation, distribution, and the community and cultural value of putting ink to paper. At the end of the 10-days, all the work produced will be organized into an exhibition and closing-party open to the public, celebrating everything that was made. The summer school fee guarantees participation in 3 workshops, use and access to all necessary project materials, and coffee each day. All we ask that you bring is a laptop, and if you prefer to have one, a camera.


– Atlas Studio Zurich
– Charmant & Courtois with
Gabrielle Lamontagne
– Chris Dorland & Erin Knutson
– Hardworking Goodlooking
– Emmy Thelander & Sean Kuhnke


– Geoff Han



26 July – 4 Aug (10 days)*


Montréal, Canada






$550 cad ($400 usd)***

* Includes a full-day off on Sunday, 30 July, with option of group activity. Most days start at 10:00am and end at 5:30pm, there will be time for lunch and breaks throughout the day.
** Due to the international mix of both tutors and participants, the summer school is conducted in English.
*** Full cost to be paid via electronic transfer within 7 days of receiving confirmation of acceptance.


Images from 2016 edition of A School, A Park.


ATLAS STUDIO (CH) — Atlas Studio was founded in 2011 by graphic designers Martin Andereggen, Claudio Gasser and Jonas Wandeler. Atlas believes in a collaborative approach to design and have been working for clients in both the commercial and cultural fields. Atlas Studio develops concepts and designs for printed and digital matter of all kinds, including visual identities, publications, posters and websites. Alongside their studio practice, they teach at universities in Zurich (ZHdK) and Lausanne (ECAL), hold workshops, give lectures and pursue self-initiated projects on a regular basis. www.atlasstudio.ch

CHARMANT & COURTOIS (CA) — Founded in 2009, Charmant & Courtois is a design studio based out of Montréal comprised of Alexis Coutu-Marion, Mathieu Dionne, Sylvain Martet and Florian Pétigny. Taking inspiration from the underground, C&C’s approach to design is conceptual and exploratory. www.charmantetcourtois.com

CHRIS DORLAND (CA/US) — Chris Dorland is a New York City based artist. His work has been exhibited internationally including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Chile) and the Neuberger Museum (US). Upcoming exhibitions include “(DYS)-TROPISM” at Super Dakota in Brussels, “Density Build” at Practise in Chicago and a solo exhibition at Lyles & King in NYC. He is Director-at-Large at Magenta Plains. www.chris-dorland.com / www.magentaplains.com

EMMY THELANDER (US) — Emmy Thelander is a Brooklyn based artist. She recently received her MFA in Painting from Yale University. www.emmythelander.com

ERIN KNUTSON (US) — Erin Knutson is an independent graphic designer based in New York City. She is the art director of PIN-UP Magazine. Recent clients include art direction for Bjarne Melgaard’s exhibition at Red Bull Arts “The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment,” The Met, Rafael de Cardenas and Architecture at Large, Petzel Gallery, Metro Pictures, L’Inconnue, Magenta Plains and Trou Normand. She received her MFA from Yale and BFA from Cooper Union. www.pinupmagazine.com

GABRIELLE LAMONTAGNE (CA) — Gabrielle Lamontagne is a designer and illustrator based in New York. She worked with clients such as The Met, RoAndCo, Anna Sheffield and Alldayeveryday. She co-founded the Montreal-based atelier Charmant & Courtois. She has contributed as a designer for Talk Magazine and Wilder Quarterly. www.gabriellelamontagne.com

GEOFF HAN (CA/US) — Geoff Han is a graphic designer with an independent practice focused on identity, print, exhibition and web design in the cultural field. He has worked for clients including common room, Columbia University GSAPP, Creative Time, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Harvard University GSD, International Center of Photography, New Art Dealers Alliance, Public School for Architecture Brussels, PIN-UP, Ran Dian, SANAA and SO–IL. Han has taught or served as a critic at schools including California Institute of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Rhode Island School of Design, Werkplaats Typographie and Yale University and lectured at institutions including Swiss Institute, Princeton School of Architecture, Typography Summer School and the Van Alen Institute. His work has been awarded at the Most Beautiful Swiss Books and Most Beautiful Book in the World competitions. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University.

HARDWORKING GOODLOOKING (PH/US) — How can the act of publishing be democratized in developing countries? How can local vernaculars be celebrated in the face of globalized aesthetics? What is the cultural significance of EXTREME DROP SHADOWS? The Office of Culture and Design is a studio based in Manila, led by artist Clara Balaguer. Running in parallel to the OCD, Hardworking Goodlooking is a publishing and design practice Clara leads with designer Kristian Henson. Balaguer describes the OCD as “a social practice platform for artists, designers, writers & assorted projects in the developing world.” With their wide network of collaborators, Balaguer and Henson embrace contemporary art and design as necessary tools for progress with the hopes of affecting real change. This occurs by way of social innovation experiments, workshops, conferences, events, and feasts. Projects include product development initiatives designed to enhance the livelihoods of Filipino craftsmen as well as microgrants that they receive and redistribute. Frequently produced in cottage industry presses in the streets of Manila and utilizing the most DIY production values, Hardworking Goodlooking’s books embody the uncertain and insecure task that authors face, when trying to self publish critical content in the developing world. They also lead book-making workshops in which they teach people how to edit, design, and print their own books in a week or less, using inexpensive and readily available tools. www.officeocd.com

SEAN KUHNKE (US) — Sean Kuhnke works as graphic designer in New York City. Recent clients include Rhizome, Herman Miller and Columbia University School of the Arts. He was recently selected as a Center for Urban Pedagogy Public Access Design Fellow and has a forthcoming publication to be produced at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2018 as a participant. He is currently the senior graphic designer at the New Museum. His work is driven by a continued experimentation in various printmaking methods, developed through print experience ranging from printing wall paper by hand to working pre-press producing separations for offset printing. He has completed residencies at VCU Qatar and the Ventriloquist Press, Oslo. He received his MFA from Yale University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. www.seankuhnke.com

Public Lectures

Join us throughout the week for a series of lectures to be given by our set of tutors and professionals working both in and adjacent to the fields of graphic design, printing, and publishing.

All lectures are FREE and open to the public. Please note that all lectures are given in English unless specified otherwise.

 Thursday, 27 July – 8:15PM

Monday, 31 July – 8:15PM

Tuesday, 1 August – 8:15PM

Wednesday, 2 August – 8:15PM

FRIDAY, 4 AUG – 7:30PM
Closing Exhibition

Louise Paradis at A School, A Park 2016.

Serge Rompza of NODE Berlin Oslo at A School, A Park 2016.


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The 2016 edition of A School, A Park’s programming included tutors Serge Rompza of NODE Berlin Oslo, Charmant & Courtois, Biba Kosmerl, and Louise Paradis; with lectures by Alessandro Colizzi, Michèle Champagne, Albert Ferré and Andrew Goodhouse of Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Nejc Prah.

Thank you to Eli Kerr, Colin Rothfels, Daphne Boxer, 820Plaza, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Tim Ripper, Serge Rompza, Bardhi Haliti and Vigan Hoxha of REDO Conference, Duc Tran, Claire Tousignant, Pica, João Doria, Maxime Harvey.

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

A School, A Park is organized and developed by Sean Yendrys, with coordination and support by Eli Kerr and Colin Rothfels.

Site Design: Sean Yendrys
Site Development: Tim Ripper