Posts Categorized: Book Arts

Concepts in Design: Analog to Digital

With printmakers in mind, we have developed a graphic design class that focuses on 1) the elements of design most essential to print production and 2) the common Adobe Photoshop tools needed to prepare and output films. This class is perfect for those who have ever felt some intimidation to working digitally and digitally preparing their artwork for print.

Projects in this class will utilize collaging as a way for students to investigate their personal style and effective communication while practicing composition, space, balance, emphasis, perspective, and text. Additionally, color theory will be investigated through the lens of printmaking by considering how ink and paper interacts, and how to visualize and plan ahead for ink mixing.

Students will become comfortable with the Photoshop tools necessary to create trapping, preview color palettes, print stencils, add halftones, and more essentials for any print process they may want to work in.

Students will use their own computers with Adobe Photoshop. Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with this software. This workshop focuses on pre-press design. Students will not be creating prints during the class.

Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files

Risography 102 reinforces the skills introduced in Riso 101. Each student will bring their own project to set-up and print during the workshop.

Best practices for imposition or layout for zines and publications will be reviewed as well as tips for color separation and digital file set-up. Smart file set up is step #1 to ensure smooth and efficient printing!

Then, through creating a small run of prints during the workshop, students will get a refresher on how to make masters from digital files, how to troubleshoot paper jams and other typical print errors, and how to replenish ink and masters. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to use our guillotines to trim their prints.

This workshop is limited to just four students to ensure that everyone can print their own imagery, log time operating the machine independently, and be authorized to use our guillotines.

Students should come ready with a 2-3 color project–either a single-sided print to be completed in the workshop or a longer project to be finished during open studio. While PDF files are great, students are welcome to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Aritst Books: Sequence, Image, & Time

In this course students will explore the process of thinking through experimentation to create an original artist book. Throughout the class students will review several bookbinding structures. The instructor will provide feedback and help students develop narrative, timing, page sequencing, and structure – all vital steps to creating a contemporary artist book. Students will be encouraged to use image making techniques as well as text based content. All students will leave the class with a one of a kind artist book that goes beyond making a blank book. Previous experience in bookbinding, art making, and writing is encouraged but not required.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Decorative Paper: Suminagashi, Paste Papers, & Paper Marbling

Sign up to learn a variety of techniques to make decorative papers from all parts of the world! Students in this course will spend two weeks learning each of method of decorating paper: suminagashi, paste papers, and paper marbling.

Paste papers are one of the earliest methods used to decorate paper. Using sponges, combs, brushes, and found objects, a mixture of paste and acrylic paint is surface painted on to paper. Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan that creates lovely and unpredictable patterns. Paper Marbling is a more advanced design technique that has been used by paper artists since the 12thcentury. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and carefully transferred to paper to produce mesmerizing patterning, similar to smooth marble.

Decorative papers are a wonderful craft that can be create wonderful pieces of fine art. They can be used as book covers, end papers, and as a base for handmade prints.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Letterpress Printing 101: Introduction to Letterpress

This course is the perfect introduction to letterpress printing. Students will develop foundational skills by using a composing stick to hand set lines of types. From there, projects will introduce more technical considerations as well as creative approaches to printing. Students will learn to learn to lock-up type, set pressure, mix and modify ink and how to safely operate our machines. This class is great for students looking for the basic principles of letterpress printing and those who want additional experience with Vandercook and Platen presses.  This class is a prerequisite for Letterpress Printing 102.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Broadsides! Broadsides!

Historically broadsides were used as proclamations, posters, commentaries, and advertisements. Today, artists and writers use them to explore the intersection between the written word and visual art.

Learn the exciting history of letterpress printing through the process of printing your own broadside. Using Spudnik’s amazing collection of wood type, students will set a short phrase, lyric, or saying for their broadside edition.  They will then learn how to set up a Vandercook printing press to create their own colorful and tactile edition of prints.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Developed in ancient Egypt, Coptic binding features stylish exposed stitching and is great for sketchbooks because the pages can open flat. Students will create a 5″ x 7″ Coptic bound blank book that can be used as a sketchbook or journal. Student will learn the parts of a book and how to prep materials for future projects. Single needle Coptic binding will be used with an optional double needle demonstration. This one-day workshop is open to beginners, particularly those interested in sewn bindings as well as more experience bookbinders who enjoy the Coptic structure. Students are welcome to bring decorative papers, book cloth, additional paper or prints for their projects.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.

Letterpress Printing 102

This class invites students with basic letterpress experience to become proficient on Vandercook and platen presses while creating a self-directed project. A key goal for the class is for students to acquire the skills needed to print and troubleshoot independently. Students will review roller height adjustments, changing the tympan, single- and double-sided registration, and proper inking and cleaning of the press.

Additionally, students will explore the making of books! Sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into book production will deepen student’s understanding of letterpress printing and it’s many uses and capabilities.

Throughout the class students will acquire the technical skills to be authorized to print independently at Spudnik Press and the creative skills to produce inventive and alluring prints for years to come.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.