Upcoming Events › Printing
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 »
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 »
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 31 - August 4, Monday-Friday, 10 - 4 pm
Following a short review of press operation and printing techniques, we will raise your printing skills to the next level. This class is designed to support students who have taken a letterpress class and want to work on their own projects in a structured and supportive environment. Students interested in producing a small edition of artist books, a series of posters or prints, a suite of invitations or other printed stationary, or other projects, will be assisted along the way in troubleshooting their inking, impression, and finishing skills.Find out more »
August 5-6, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Let’s expand our printing into the fourth dimension: time. Join us for a brief exploration of the use of the Vandercook proof press as a tool for producing basic prints of text and/or images that move. We’ll break down the mechanics of analog, frame-by-frame animation and use low-tech printing methods to make simple flip books. The basics of letterpress including press operation and typesetting will be covered. Some previous printing experience is encouraged, but not required.
August 11 - 13, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
In this 18-hour beginner’s course in letterpress printing, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting, printing on the Center’s Vandercooks, and the process of editioning. Can be combined with Letterpress I (B) to qualify for studio rental in our Printshop.Find out more »
August 26-27, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this 12-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 »
September 9-10, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm
Do you regularly use a school press, own one, or are planning to buy? Learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs.Find out more »
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
September 16-17, 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 »