We strive to provide beginning students and professional artists alike with a comprehensive and technically challenging program of classes. Whether you’re a beginner looking to give printmaking a try, or an experienced artist trying to expand your skill set, the Center has an assortment of printmaking classes and workshops to suit a wide variety of needs. Take a look at our comprehensive class list, or keep reading for a sample of our current offerings.
Intro to Letterpress: Business Cards (June 28-29)
Looking for a taste of letterpress printing? Not sure if you want to commit to a whole class? Try Intro to Letterpress, an introductory workshop for those who want a sample-sized introduction to letterpress printing. This weekend workshop covers basic typesetting and press lock-up, ink mixing, and press mechanics. Students will complete the workshop with a new understanding of printing and a small edition of their very own cards.
Intro to Letterpress: Business Cards runs from June 29-29 (Saturday and Sunday), from 10am – 4pm.
Letterpress I: Hand Typesetting (June 16-20)
Letterpress I is a prerequisite for renting in the print shop at the Center, and is a required course for our certificate program. Letterpress I: Hand Typesetting is a great way to dive right in. This is a core foundation course that covers the essentials of good press work, including inking, imposition and impression. Students will have access to the Center’s collection of lead and wood type in learning basic hand typesetting and letterpress printing. Discussions include typefaces, paper, incorporating illustrations, and adding color. Throughout the course, students will gain fundamental print shop skills and develop their own small composition (such as a greeting, business or postcard), and may even complete a second project with time permitting.
Letterpress I: Hand Typesetting runs from June 16-20, Monday through Friday, from 10am – 4pm.
Letterpress Lab (June 19-July 17)
For those with some letterpress printing experience, Letterpress Lab is a great way to learn more about printing while creating work. Letterpress Lab is great for those looking for specific skills to complete a project, or simply looking for a refresher course. Over five weekly sessions, students will also get advice and printing tips on their own personal projects.
Letterpress Lab runs on Thursdays, from June 19- July 17, 6pm – 9pm.
NEW! Printmaking on the Vandercook (June 21-22)
The Center is excited to announce a new print workshop, Printmaking on the Vandercook! Explore the Vandercook’s full range of potential with various materials, create layered prints using pressure prints, monoprints, and brayers to add splashes of color. Students will leave the class with a range of alternative printing techniques and a stack of prints.
Printmaking on the Vandercook runs June 21-22, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am – 4pm.
These are just a few of the classes currently available at the Center. Check out our comprehensive class list for more information and to register for classes!