In this multi-evening course, students will learn how to work in the Letterpress Studio using the Vandercook presses, as well as both metal and wood type. Day 1 will provide an introduction to the materials and equipment, then students will work to set metal type and print it. Once everyone has a feeling of the way the press works, students will choose another project and have the option to choose between using metal or wood type. Once students are comfortable doing this, we will focus on more painterly approaches to Letterpress, learning about different inking methods, pressure printing, and working more free-form.
Over the course of 5 sessions you will learn how to: set type (and redistribute it); use metal and wood type; set up the press; lock up type; ink the press; clean the press; use a variety of inking methods; use pressure as a way of making an image; and use type as form/shape rather than “letters.”
This course is a good one if you are interested in getting certified to work in the Letterpress Studio on your own. After the last class, we can evaluate together what your next steps will be.
Level: Beginner – no experience necessary!
Registration closes May 1, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration to cover all necessary materials, though a list of additional optional items to consider will be sent with your confirmation.
Sample images by Elisabeth Boerwinkel