Posts Categorized: Letterpress

Introduction to Letterpress Printing

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 Vandercooks. This workshop 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.

Letterpress Valentines

Celebrate Saint Valentine by impressing your friends, family, and coworkers with a clever hand-printed valentine.

Making your own greeting card is a perfect foray into letterpress printing! Using our vintage collection of letterpress cuts and ornaments in combination with wood and metal type, participants will design and print their own unique statement on up to 20 cards. Students can come with a short phrase in mind, or see what ideas emerge while browsing through our many drawers of plates from the era of letterpress newspapers and ads.

Regardless of how romantic one feels about the holiday, a hand-made card is always a thrill to make and to receive!

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 Pressure Prints

The process of pressure printing combining stencils and low-relief collages with letterpress printing to make textural images reminiscent of rubbings and collagraphs. Variation in the thickness of cut paper, string, plants, netting and other relatively two-dimensional items effect the amount of ink transferred by the cylinder of the press to the paper and leave a rich nuanced image on the page.

Students will work individually and collectively to create a variety of stencils, then experiment with the stencils, composition and the printing process to tell a story, create a mood, or build an illustration. Students will also be able to experiment with hand inking to create one-of-a-kind compositions. Throughout the workshop, students will create a series of up to 10 multi-layered monotypes as big as 19” x 25”!

For the technically inclined, the class will also address how to adjust cylinder packing and form height to achieve various printed results and to read and use a micrometer. Artists and illustrators who like to work with monoprinting, stencils, or cut paper, will benefit from this class, as well as letterpress printers, both new and experienced.

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.

Letterpress Printing 102

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating a self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, troubleshooting techniques, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book. 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.