Letterpress I: Introduction to Press Operation Summer 2023

Portrait of Roni Gross wearing a log shaped hat
Roni Gross outdoors in a fun hat

Event Info

This two-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, from 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

  • Saturday, June 10, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Sunday, June 11, 10:00am–4:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Saturday, June 3, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person beginner’s class on letterpress printing at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Roni Gross.

In the workshop, students will learn how to set both metal and wood type, along with using the tools and Vandercook proof press. We will play with some modular shapes and explore alternative ways to create pattern and shapes. Roni Gross will teach the essentials of printing hand-set type like inking and impression and selecting typefaces and paper.

This class is ideal for those who wish to learn to print simple text-based projects on the Vandercooks such as business cards, correspondence cards, and/or poetry and prose.

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

Required Materials:

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 June 3rd at 11:59pm. The price of this class is $475 tuition plus a $35 materials fee.

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