Upcoming Events › Printing
March 2 - 30, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
In this 5 week course we will use the book as a form for artistic expression. Utilizing the Center for Book Arts studios and type collection we will explore the conception and creation of the book as art. Students will have a chance to explore conceptual development; how a book's structure and design can enhance and integrate part of the work's meaning. Basic bookbinding structures and letterpress printing techniques will be taught. This course is open to students of all levels and abilities. Students new to book arts should expect to create a basic soft cover edition.Find out more »
April 1-2, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Prepare yourself to be impressed with our collection of antique wood type! For this two day workshop we are opening up our drawers of borders, wood cuts and type for students to explore and create their own projects, be it posters, cards or unique art pieces. You will learn how to hand set type and print using one of our 5 Vandercook Presses. Everything from inking to registration multiple colors to creating your first proofs will be covered as you work on your personal pieces. All materials are included for the class and you will leave with your own edition of prints by the end of the weekend.Find out more »
April 4 - 25, 4 Tuesday Evenings, 6 - 10 pm
This 18-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 »
April 7-9, Friday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
In this 18-hour weekend letterpress class, students will focus on transforming their designs and ideas into handmade photopolymer plates and printing on the Center’s Vandercooks. Class will focus on creating imagery by hand and through digital files to convert to plates. Through out the weekend we will work together to trouble-shoot your designs and the proper printing of the plates. We will cover good press work including the basics of printing as well as dealing with tight registration and multiple color runs. You will be able to create over this weekend personal projects that range from basic invitations, to business cards or posters! Most materials included with registration, just bring a pencil & notebook, and $15 for the polymer plates.Find out more »
April 20- May 18, 5 Thursday Nights, 6-9:30pm
Want to make something that has a different shape, stands up, has a pop-up or sliding element? In this class we will utilize all the printing options at our disposal, polymer, metal and wood type, and pressure printing - and then add in the possibility of using die cuts to add shape and folds to your work. Learn how to make a die line, and send out for your own die, which can be used for hundreds of prints. We will learn the procedure for setting up to die cut on the Vandercook and talk about the order of operations in terms of planning our projects.Find out more »
April 22-23, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, students will learn to make their own decorative endpapers by printing patterns on the letterpress. Discussion and demos will focus on setting type and ornaments from the Center’s collection to create patterns, carving simple linoleum cuts, and proper printing techniques. No previous printing experience required.
May 8- June 12, 5 Monday Nights, 6-9:30 pm
*No class Monday Monday May 29th, Memorial Day*
In this 18-hour intermediate-level letterpress class, artists and designer will have the opportunity to transform their ideas into photopolymer plates and print them on the Center’s Vandercook presses.Find out more »
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
May 13-14, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Before internet memes, we had broadsides—printed posters hung in public spaces to announce news, events, or advertisements. Broadsides were so often used for fiery messages that they came to have a second meaning: “a strongly worded critical attack.” Contemporary broadsides continue to have strong visual presence in NYC, and the form has also become popular for literary editions, a means to present a single poem or short work of prose as a standalone print object. In this weekend workshop, we will combine image and text to create original broadsides. We will think about text as part of a visual composition, and how text and image work together on the page. We will begin with a mini writing-workshop, and participants will use the wide variety of metal and wood type at the Center for Book Arts to create a dynamic layout. Students will also have the option to carve their own text or images using linoleum blocks. Students will learn writing techniques, linoleum cutting, and basic typesetting and letterpress printing. Each student will make a small edition of their print, and we will do a print exchange, so that all students leave with a collection of all the broadsides in addition to copies of their own print. The course is open to students of all levels and abilities.
No experience necessary.Find out more »
May 20-21, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
How does one print without a press and still create images and patterned end papers for one's own artist practices? In this class students will make their own stamps, using brayers, stencils and natural elements along with an array of direct and indirect modes of making marks to create one’s designs. We will explore image transfer, registration and hand printing to create monotypes and editioned work. You'll discover numerous image-making methods that can all be recreated in your home studio or apartment. This workshop is designed for teachers, writers, artists and anyone who loves to create a richer and expansive vocabulary for their work.
No experience necessary.Find out more »
June 17-18, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, Learn basic printing techniques on the Vandercook proof press, and come away with a collaborative printed edition. We will learn a few basic variations on the single sheet book, perfect for making a portable edition. We will print up our ideas collaboratively on the press, using wood and metal type, and edition our simple books together. Everyone will come away with multiple copies of a one-page book, models for future reference, and ideas for the future. No previous printing experience required.