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Introduction to Tabletop Letterpress

August 3 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm



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Introduction to Tabletop Letterpress August 2024 Registration
$ 167.00
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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, August 3, 10:30am-4:30pm

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About this Workshop:

Learn the basics of letterpress printing with antique lead type on a Chandler & Price Pilot tabletop platen press. Students will learn how to set lead type, operate the tabletop press, troubleshoot, clean, and maintain the press—the perfect foundation for anyone interested in having their own small press at home. Each participant will handset a few lines of text of their own choosing and print a small edition (10-15 prints).

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary 

Registration closes July 27, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students may need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Photos by Jen Sheckels


Registration includes a $10 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class. In addition, you may want to bring the following optional items for class:

  • Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get inky
  • Comfortable shoes (you’ll be on your feet most of the day)
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • A few ideas for a short phrase/saying you’d like to typeset and print during class


Jim Modrick found his way into the letterpress studio of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center over five years ago, which began a shift away from a career as an arts administrator and into a journey to reconnect with applying ink to paper. That journey now includes screenprint and papermaking, but letterpress is the core. His arts administration pathway focused on arts education and supporting artists. Now Jim’s days find him overseeing federal grants from the National Park Service and thinking of his next projects involving ink and paper.



“I enjoyed learning about everything from setting type to cleaning the machine.”

—Previous workshop participant


“I went from totally uninitiated to producing beautiful art in less than three hours.”

—Previous workshop participant

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