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Playful Printed Poetry

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Playful Printed Poetry, June 2023 Registration
$ 173.00
6 available

A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, June 15 and 22, 6-9pm

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About this Workshop:

Bring your words to life through fun poetry-writing techniques and printing on the Vandercook press. In the first part of this class, you’ll play with words and ideas, expressing yourself in individual and collaborative poems (even if you’ve never written a poem in your life or don’t think you ever could)! We’ll use a variety of prompts and poetry formats, and  inspiration will be artwork in the Helen C. Frederick Gallery. 

After a break, we’ll choose ink color(s) and type to design our group poem for printing. You’ll learn how to typeset multiple lines on the Vandercook, register paper, ink the press, and pull prints. Everyone will take home multiple prints of a poem that we wrote together, integrating our individual voices into a cohesive collective creation. If time allows, you can also print one of your own short poems written in the class.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration closes June 7, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration to cover all necessary supplies.

Sample images by Theresa Esterlund


Registration includes a $15 materials fee to cover consumable materials. Students may also wish to bring the following optional items:

  • Personal apron (or substitute clothes that can get inky)
  • Comfortable shoes (you will be on your feet most of the day)
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Any favorite paper for printing on


Theresa Esterlund is an artist and educator who lives in Arlington, Virginia. After retiring from a professional career in museum education, she channeled her vision to inspire compassionate connections into a stationery business that reflects the intersection of her artistic and mindfulness practices. Her collages are windows that open to the inside—as well as abstract landscapes and other arrangements. She brings her love of gathering, sorting, and composing to letterpress, which also gives her a path to integrate words and phrases from her poetry. Theresa is also the Executive Director of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, a non-profit that connects creativity and conservation by providing a resource center for reuse materials and a creative making space. Learn more about her work online at www.opentobeing.com and on Instagram @opentobeing.

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