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B: Letterpress Cards with Natalie Kay (Adults and Youth 12+ with Registered Adult)

August 08, 2022

Let's make letterpress cards! We'll walk through the design and typesetting processes of letterpress printing. A selection of designs will be typeset and ready to print on the Challenge Proof Press and mini Kelsey Platen Press. Letterpress is a historic way of printing that involves setting individual letters and images into one of our century […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress

July 12, 2022

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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ONSITE: Letterpress Posters (Ages 15–18)

July 12, 2022

From rock bands to art shows, everything needs a poster. The poster is how we share quick information, celebrate each other and archive the future. In this class, we’ll focus on the different aspects of letterpress to make bold works that say something cool. Letterpress is a form of relief printmaking which uses a printing […]

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ONSITE: Reductive Color Woodcut

April 14, 2022

Create multicolored relief prints from a single block using the magic of reductive woodcut! We'll learn how to plan and carve a reductive print, and then crank them out in the VisArts letterpress studio. We'll make two different prints (one smaller, one larger).

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ONSITE: Letterpress Printed Stationery

April 14, 2022

Try out letterpress printing and create a set of beautiful notecards that you can send to family and friends! You'll learn how to set wood and metal type as well as how to operate a letterpress printing machine, including inking up, proofing, and adjusting paper position. We’ll play around with fun, wordy greeting card designs, […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress

April 14, 2022

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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B: Letterpress Cards with Natalie Kay (Ages 12+ with an adult)

March 03, 2022

Make letterpress cards! We'll walk through the design and typesetting processes of letterpress printing. A selection of designs will be typeset and ready to print on the Challenge Proof Press and mini Kelsey Platen Press. Letterpress is a historic way of printing that involves setting individual letters and images into one of our 50 to […]

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B: Letterpress Valentines + Cards with Natalie Kay (Ages 7+ with an adult)

February 06, 2022

Do you want to show someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day? Make your own letterpress card! We'll walk through the design and typesetting process. A selection of designs will be typeset and ready to print on the Challenge Proof press and mini Kelsey platen press—the perfect way to put your personal touch […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Platen Press for Letterpress Printing

February 06, 2022

In this class we will concentrate on the safe operation of the platen style printing press. We will go over locking up forms or type, registration or placement of paper on the press, and feeding the paper and printing. This class will include instruction on the treadle powered platen and table top platens.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress

February 06, 2022

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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A: Letterpress Valentines + Cards with Natalie Kay (Ages 7+ with an adult)

February 06, 2022

Do you want to show someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day? Make your own letterpress card! We'll walk through the design and typesetting process. A selection of designs will be typeset and ready to print on the Challenge Proof press and mini Kelsey platen press—the perfect way to put your personal touch […]

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ONSITE: Letterpress + Block Printed Merch (Ages 12-14)

January 26, 2022

We're getting the band back together! Join artist Sam Page and learn to use the letterpress studio to create rad band posters, cool stickers, and merch. Letterpress is a form of relief printmaking which uses a printing press and typesetting (individual letters) to create words and designs for printed media. Bands originally used this form […]

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ONSITE: Letterpress Printing for All Levels

October 25, 2021

This course encompasses the basics of letterpress printing through demonstrations, guided projects, and hands-on experience. Participants will explore composition, typography, color, and how these elements relate to actual letterpress printing using a wide array of lead/wood type, engraved imagery, and hand-operated printing presses. This course will cover introductory letterpress terminology, typesetting, composition, PMS color-mixing, and […]

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ONSITE: Letterpress Posters + Merch (Ages 12-14)

October 25, 2021

We're getting the band back together! Join artist Sam Page and learn to use the letterpress studio to create rad band posters, cool stickers, and merch. Letterpress is a form of relief printmaking which uses a printing press and typesetting (individual letters) to create words and designs for printed media. Bands originally used this form […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress

October 25, 2021

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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ONSITE: Next Level Letterpress

October 25, 2021

Take your letterpress skills to the next level with multiple-color prints. We'll use the Platen and Challenge presses and explore other advanced typesetting methods. You’ll receive lots of guidance as you work on your own individual projects.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress (A)

July 13, 2021

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress (B)

July 13, 2021

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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