Posts Categorized: Letterpress

March 9 | Letterpress Immersive: Broadside on Vandercook (8 Weeks)

The poster (broadside) has a rich heritage in culture, design, and art. This class will teach students how to typeset and print medium-to-large format posters using the Vandercook press.

In this 8-week immersive letterpress course, students will develop contemporary interpretations of the layout structures and technologies in wood and metal type, and graphic vocabularies of the poster format.

The class will also delve into incorporating images in the letterpress printing process using digitally-based photopolymers, pressure printing using stencils, and deductive wood/lino printing process. Students will walk away with various projects to demonstrate what they learned on typesetting, registration, and alignment of text and images.

March 15 | Letterpress Authorization: Platen Press (1 Day)

This is a 1-day refresher course for printers who are familiar with the letterpress process, especially those who have worked with platen presses before.

In this course, students will review typesetting, Californian case, our available platen presses onsite for locking up type, spacing, using our letterpress furniture, and more. Other items that will be discussed include adjusting the roller heights, tips on color mixing, cleaning, and general studio policy.

Students will get authorization to use our letterpress equipment (Chandler & Price Press and Pearl & Pilot Press only) independently after this class. During the class, they will also be able to create a poster using wood type, metal type, ornaments and other printing blocks available at the shop.