Past Events › Printing
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.
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 »
Monday - Friday, July 17-21, 10 am - 4 pm
*** CLASS IS FULL***
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 »
June 14, Wednesday, 6-9pm
Class scheduled on an as-needed basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.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 »
Tuesday, May 16
3-hr workshop runs at 10am and 2pm
Get your feet wet in printing! The Center for Book Arts will host workshops on hand-bookbinding and letterpress printing for writers.Find out more »
March 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
***WORKSHOP IS FULL***
Paper's role in book and textile arts is often underrated and assumed to be flat and docile. In this class, handmade paper takes center stage as it is sliced, spun, crumpled, and woven in an evolution of ancient East Asian arts of jiseung (paper cording and twining), joomchi (paper texturing and fusing), and shifu (woven paper cloth). Through history and folklore combined with hands-on experimentation, students will learn the impact of paper beginning with its birthplace in Asia through its contemporary incarnations. These insights will better inform the material and techniques offered, while pieces made in class can become pages of artists' books, fabric for art garments, printing elements, and artwork ready to hang. Everyone will leave with samples and new skill sets in the possibilities of paper.
No previous experience required.Find out more »
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 »
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February 28 - March 21, Four Tuesday Evenings, 6 -10 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 »
February 25, Saturday, 10am-4pm
Curious about letterpress but not sure if it’s up your alley? Come to this one-dayworkshop and get your feet wet. You will learn how to set type, lock up a form, and print an edition on the Vandercook proof press.Find out more »