Prairie Printing is excited to announce that, working with Art 321, we will be teaching a 3 week course on letterpress printing. This class will be taught on three successive Saturdays, beginning on 27th and ending October 11th. This course is designed to teach the basics of letterpress printing. In the first session, we’ll cover both press operation and maintenance as well as the principles of good type and page design and how to hand set type. In the next session, we’ll focus on images - how to make blocks using traditional and modern techniques as well as what to consider when designing an image for letterpress printing. In this class, we’ll also cover the process of making multi color prints . Then, in the last class, we’ll put everything together, with the goal of making a print that combines both text and print in more than one color. Throughout, you’ll have the opportunity to work on multiple presses, including an 1895 Reliance hand iron press and a rare pre-1910 Kelsey Star. The goal is that, after the class, you’ll know enough that feel confident operating a press, setting type, making & printing blocks, and combining these into a single print. From there, the only limit is your creativity.
Fair warning - The smell of letterpress ink is addicting, hand setting type is oddly calming, and printing is a skill you can learn in an afternoon but spend a lifetime mastering.
To sign up for this series of classes, please contact Art 321, the coordinating agency for these courses. You can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (307) 265-2655. You can also contact Art 321 through their website http://casperartguild.org/index.html. Or, you can contact me through this site’s contact form, and I will be happy to answer questions or forward along your information to Art 321.
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to getting our fingers inky!