Letterpress II: Intro to Typography on Press

printshop filled with movable type and multiple vandercook letterpresses
CBA Letterpress Printshop
Sarah Nicholls
Image courtesy of the artist.

Event Info

This in-person workshop takes place in-person at CBA across a weekend intensive on Saturday & Sunday, June 24 and 25 from 10am–4pm

  • Saturday, June 24, 10am–4pm
  • Sunday, June 25, 10am–4pm

About the Workshop:

Taught by Instructor Sarah Nicholls, this in-person workshop for students who have taken Letterpress I (or have equivalent experience), covers more advanced letterpress techniques.

In a structured and supportive learning environment, students will further refine their printing skills. Topics of discussion will include the best order of operations for executing a letterpress project, troubleshooting issues with pressure and inking on letterpress, and the properties of different kinds of paper. Students will also learn the technique of pressure printing as well as how to add texture and backgrounds to prints using a variety of printmaking techniques. 

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

About the Instructor

Sarah Nicholls is an artist, printmaker, and writer whose work combines language, image, visual narrative, and time.

Her ongoing projects on climate change, urban ecology, and the history of science and technology include a series of letterpress pamphlets as well as participatory programs like guided urban/nature walks.

Nicholls’ limited edition artist’s books are in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, and Stanford, among others.

Her work has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation, and she has participated in residencies at BRIC House in Brooklyn, the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey.

Nicholls teaches letterpress and book arts at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York City as well as the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


Images courtesy the Instructor. 

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up! The registration fee for this class is $475 tuition plus a $40 materials fee. We look forward to seeing you at CBA!

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