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June 24, Saturday, 10am-4pm
This one day class will teach students some simple book making techniques; while staying relaxed and having fun. By the end of the day you will be pros at 5 simple techniques.Find out more »
July 6-27, 4 Thursday Evenings, 6 - 10 pm
This 16-hour class introduces students to the basics of letterpress printing through the creation of your very own edition of prints. Students will explore the fundamentals of text and image, and learn a variety of ways of printing relief images on the Vandercook.Find out more »
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 10am-4pm
This weekend intensive is designed for teachers of 7 - 12 year olds, with methods and techniques that may be modified to accommodate other age groups. We will spend Saturday creating classroom-tested and kid-approved book structures that are quick, simple and mess-free. You will leave with a variety of book structures and ideas for including book arts in your classroom.
On Sunday, we will build on the methods learned on Saturday by creating pamphlet and accordion structures with greater complexity, as well as combination bindings. We will also make origami-folded books and explore basic pop-up techniques. You will leave with a variety of book structures and ideas for including book arts in your classroom. No previous art or bookbinding experience necessary.Find out more »
July 8, Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Join us for a day of exploration. We will play with the use of pochoir or stenciling in combination with letterpress printing from polymer plates. Students will learn basic letterpress printing with photopolymer plates. We will edition our work with hand cut stencils. The end result of this class will be a lovely print or card. Students must register by Saturday July 1st.Find out more »
July 15-16, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
During this paper cutting workshop, participants will create wearable papercuts in form of hats, masks, scarves and more. Experimenting with dimensionality and volume, we will explore the numerous ways to use paper cutting to tell a story in unusual shapes. Participants will learn basic techniques to cut paper, stencils and pop-ups. Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind, try other materials and explore new territories of creativity. No experience necessary.Find out more »
July 15-16, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
This class will introduce the principals of animation and explore the technical aspects of getting from paper prints to video. Through a series of hands-on exercises, students will learn the basic principals of animation by making early animation toys, including a thaumatrope, zoetrope and flip book. Instructor will demonstrate how to translate these principals to the printing press for future projects. Students will create animated GIFs of the work that they create in class to use on websites or post on social media. No previous experience necessary.Find out more »
Monday - Friday, July 17-21, 10 am - 4 pm
Learn the basics of hand typesetting and explore the contemporary practice of letterpress printing. We will cover the essentials of good presswork including inking, and impression and move on to discuss typefaces, paper, incorporating illustrations and adding color.
Letterpress 1 is part of our Core Curriculum and is taught by our Core Instructors. This class (along with Renter Training) will qualify you for unlimited access to our facility and equipment, and is essential for those beginning professional or artistic careers in letterpress.Find out more »
July 18 - August 15, 5 Tuesday Nights, 6-9 pm
In this class we will give words a physical presence. Using your own language, or that of a favorite writer, each student will make an edition of broadsides, either handset or using polymer plates. We will problem solve, fine tune our printing and learn some techniques for adding texture and backgrounds. There will be a visit from one of the poets from the Fine Press Publishing Seminar, who will read and discuss their work, giving students an opportunity to get inside the language.Find out more »
July 22-23, Saturday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
In this class you will learn to make Coptic bindings. Students will learn to create covers using boards and decorative paper or cloth. Students will create books using multi-needle and single needle sewing techniques. We will be experimenting with decorative techniques including colored paper on the spines and sewing variations.
July 22-23, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm
During this weekend workshop, students will learn to dye and correctly dry dyed parchment. The class will use both modern dyes and make traditional dyes from natural sources such as cochineal, walnut, saffron, and oak galls. Student will leave the class with their own 8x10 piece of dyed parchment and a sampler of dyed parchment.Find out more »