Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-574W

    Intro to Letterpress Printing

    Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on workshop. This is a great introduction to setting and printing metal type, where you can take advantage of more than 2,500 drawers of foundry type in the Archetype Press collection. Learn how to use a pica rule, composing stick, leading, spacing, the layout of the California Job Case, mix ink and how to operate a Vandercook proof press. You will set, proof and print multiple copies of a poem or a few lines of text. We will then distribute type and clean up. No prerequisites or previous experience required.


    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-552W

    Letterpress Printing Wood Type

    Get your hands dirty! Experience Archetype Press' collection of vintage wood type. Learn how to hand-set type and print on a Vandercook cylinder proof press. Explore the process of letterpress printing through composition, press lock-up, inking techniques and more. Over the course of four sessions, you will design and print a limited edition of 11" x 14" posters with two or more colors.

    No previous experience necessary. Note: Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting stained with ink.


    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-445W

    Linocut Prints Letterpress Wk

    In this hands-on workshop you will learn the process of carving linoleum blocks and using the Vandercook No. 4 Proof Press for limited edition printing. In this workshop we will cover the fundamentals of carving, tools, color mixing, and the reduction print process. Participants will produce a limited edition print.


    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-580W

    Valentine Card Letterpress Wk

    Design, hand-set and letterpress print your own unique valentine cards, notes or gifts using Archetype's extensive collection of foundry type, ornaments, dingbats, and decorative rules. Students will be introduced to the basics of hand-set typography and letterpress printing of the Vandercook proof press. Class meets at Art Center's Archetype Press.


    Class regularly offered in Spring