LEARNING IS SO DANG FUN
full list of class offerings & descriptions below
check the class calendar to see when they're offered & sign-up
★ DRINK & INK ★
Drink & Ink nights are open to anyone 12 and older interested in letterpress printing, handmade posters and craftiness. For $30, we'll supply cabinets full of antique wood type, and all the paper, the ink and the press know-how you could possibly need; you bring the creativity and any snacks or beverages you might want to enjoy while you're here. Sessions run from 6-9pm most Thursday nights and are open to up to 10 guests. They fill up fast, so check the calendar and book your night! We also do Drink&Ink nights as private parties - more info on that right here.
★ LINOLEUM BLOCK CARVING ★
Each attendee is given a block, carving tools and all the knowledge you need to create an awesome print. Folks will design their own imagery and/or typography, learn how to hand-carve their designs into a linoleum block and then letterpress print those blocks on the Vandercook press. Concerned about a lack of drawing skill? No worries! We've got light tables and tracing paper so you can work from an existing found image if you'd like.
Each attendee pulls 20 prints of their design on various papers. And keeps their blocks for future printing wants/needs! Fun for all skill levels. Ages 15+ recommended.
★ GREETING CARDS ★
Create your own greeting cards! We will have 4 different designs locked up in various presses around the shop (an opportunity to use more than just 1 type of press!) for folks to choose from. Choose various designs and ink colors to letterpress print 30 cards of your own and then use our table of embellishments to add your own flair. A great class for any age.
★ HANDSETTING LEAD TYPE ★
Folks will learn how to hand set type ranging from 6 - 60 points. Attendees will learn how to navigate a California job case, set type using a composing stick, and properly lock type in a chase ready for a platen press. Once this class is complete you should feel comfortable using all the type the shop has to offer!
*This class is for members only. For details on becoming a member, click here.
★ DESIGN + PRINT FROM POLYMER PLATES ★
Want to learn how to letterpress print your digital design? We can teach you how! The first portion of the class will focus on setting up files to create photopolymer plates. The second part of the class will consist of registration and printing photopolymer plates on a flat bed and platen press.
✽ Note this is a 2-day class! The gap between classes will allow for enough time to order your own plates.
✽ This class is for members only. For details on becoming a member, click here.