Letterpress I: Intro to Press Operation

Event Info

This two day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA Saturday and Sunday, January 20–21, 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Saturday, January 20, 10 am – 4pm
  • Sunday, January 21, 10 am – 4pm

Sold out? Don’t worry! This class is also offered in March!

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Roni Gross. Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printmaking and it is a versatile asset to the book artist in the production of editions, text, images, and more. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of how to set up and print on a Vandercook press, and how to properly clean up and maintain the press for consistent results. Students will learn the essentials of letterpress printing including lockup, packing, inking, registration, impression, paper selection, troubleshooting, and cleanup. This workshop is ideal for artists, aspiring publishers, and anyone who wants to get their hands dirty with a little history and fun. This workshop prepares the student for the next course in CBA’s letterpress learning track, Intro to Typography on Press (Letterpress 2). Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!


Required Materials:

  • Pencil and paper for taking notes
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get stained or dirty

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Roni Gross 

Roni Gross is a book artist whose work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, and many other public and private collections. She runs Z’roah Press which produces limited edition sculptural books.

Gross has been an instructor at Center for Book Arts teaching letterpress technique and much more for a number of years. In 2019 she initiated the Book Talk series that continues to feature a diverse range of artists and scholars.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on January 13th at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $420 + a $25 materials fee.

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