Letterpress Printing for Color Photography (Fall 2021)

Untitled (2021) Elizabeth Castaldo
CMYK letterpress prints of trees
Trees in Winter (2019, proofs) Elizabeth Castaldo
Trees in Winter (spread) by Liz Castaldo
Spread from Trees in Winter by Elizabeth Castaldo
Liz stands in front of her artwork. She is a white woman with glasses, should length wavy brown hair wearing a light pink shirt.
Elizabeth Castaldo, 2021. Photo taken by Tracie Castaldo

Event Info

This in-person workshop takes place initially on Zoom and then in-person at CBA across five sessions on Tuesdays, November 9–December 14 (skips November 23) from 6-9pm

  • Tues, Nov, 9 6–9pm
  • Tues, Nov, 16 6–9pm
  • Tues, Nov, 30 6–9pm
  • Tues, Dec 7 6–9pm
  • Tues, Dec, 14 6–9pm

About the Workshop:

In this five-session hybrid virtual and in-person class with Instructor Elizabeth Castaldo, students with some letterpress experience will learn the steps for making full color, photographic prints on a letterpress using the CMYK photopolymer plate technique.

In the first session of the class on Zoom, Castaldo will teach students about color separation, how to work on prepping images in photoshop, and the proper settings for both ordering plates and for in-studio output.

Then in the remaining classes in CBA’s studios, students will learn how to properly mix ink for CMYK printing as well as learn the proper registration techniques for printing photographic images on letterpress.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. Please email info@centerforbookarts.org if you have any questions.

  • Access to a computer with Photoshop or other photo editing software
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get stained or dirty for in-person classes

All other materials and tools will be provided by CBA at no additional cost to the students.

About the Instructor

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Elizabeth works with printmaking, drawing, and collage to make works on paper and artists books that explore nature and the body. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts and Printmaker’s Open Forum. In November 2020, Her solo exhibition, Proximate Magic, was presented at Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue NY. In 2019 Elizabeth’s work was included in the traveling exhibition, “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered”. She organized the exchange portfolio “Earth/Mother” for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico”. She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons School of Design and the Center for Book Arts. Elizabeth’s work is held in many private and institutional collections including at Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University.


Images courtesy the Instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

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