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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 $32, 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. Each attendee designs their own 11x17 poster and prints 2-3 copies of it. 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.
★ SCREENPRINTING 101 ★
Screenprinting 101: Full Exposure classes are open to anyone 12 and older interested in screenprinting, handmade prints and craftiness. We'll supply the screens, and all the paper, ink and knowledge you could possibly need; you bring the ideas and any snacks or beverages you might want to enjoy while you're here!
Attendees will need to come with the image they want to screenprint at the exact size they want to print it. This could be hand drawn (in sharpie or waterproof ink) or a black/white image printed from a toner-based printer. Images can range in size from 4"x5" greeting cards up to 11"x17" posters and each attendee can print up to 10 prints on provided paper. If you want to print more, no problem! just bring additional paper with you.
★ PERSONAL STATIONARY ★
Create your own personal stationery! We will have 4 different stationary designs locked up in various antique presses around the shop for folks to choose from. Attendees will also choose from our huge collection of lead type to personalize their stationery. You will learn how to lock-up your design, experiment with layering + ink colors, and walk away with a set of 25 original letterpress printed notecards to lovingly send to all your favorite people! A great class for any age.
★ FAMILY POSTER DAY ★
This letterpress poster class is open to families wanting to create a poster of their family name, motto or quote, and is perfect for kids ages 6+. We'll supply 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!
Please register as a family, and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know the ages and size of your family.