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Printing Like Werkman: Free Form Printing on the Vandercook Press

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Sunday, January 22, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

This workshop is inspired by the Dutch artist W.H. Werkman, who used letters as forms and played around with them to make art! Using the same methods, we will be applying the ink by hand and use the type upside down, like stamps. No time will be lost worrying about the “technical” side of letterpress, but we’ll work organically and focus instead on the shapes you want to create and the colors you want to use. 

The day will start with an introduction of Werkman and his life and work, and then swiftly dive into making art! The first part of the day we’ll use the wood type as shapes to create colorful images on paper. After a break we will then use stencils and brayers to work even more free form. 

Whilst making your art, you will learn about the presses at Pyramid Atlantic and how to operate them. At the end of the day you will go home with your own truly unique work!

Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary.

Registration extended through January 16, 2023.  Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

First two sample images by Elisabeth Boerwinkel; last two examples by W.H. Werkman


Registration includes a $10 materials fee to cover consumable materials. Student may also wish to bring the following optional items:

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


Sara Blumberg loves creating designs through all aspects of letterpress printing. She fell in love with the art after taking an introductory printing class at Pyramid two years ago. During the day Sara works as a design and content strategist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. focusing on ocean missions. Most evenings you can find her making new designs or trying new color combinations in the studio. Before letterpress, Sara worked as a journalist in Baltimore.



All the colors and blocks were already set out, so we could get right to work. There were examples hanging up and a book to use for reference. There was a ton of positive energy during the workshop. SO MUCH FUN!!!!! It was pretty perfect.”

—Attendee, Make+Take: Werkman’s Druksels, Spring 2022

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