Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-542W

    Business of Textile Design

    During this jam-packed one-day seminar, designer Brett Barker will share her insider's knowledge about the "business" of textile design. Topics will include: how to design for the textile industry, adapting your existing designs, interfacing with textile mills, dealing with imports/exports, and more. This is an ideal course for surface designers, illustrators, graphic designers and anyone interested in learning about this fast-paced industry.


    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • 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-543W

    Type As Image

    This weekend workshop introduces students to letterpress printing by using type as object, character and pattern, as opposed to language and communication. Workshop will include ample talk about the basics of letterpress printing, press fundamentals, typographic concerns, impression and inking control. In the creation of a "one sheet" or broadside, students will choose a thematic jumping off point, creating either a character or another kind of visual story that is not language based. The works by icons Kurt Schwitters, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Bradbury Thompson are among those we will explore for inspiration. Each student will print an edition large enough to share a folio of prints at the end of class.


    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer

  • 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

  • ACN-444W

    Wood Type Word Play

    In this workshop, you will explore the possibilities of letterpress as a platform for creating meaningful content and refined imagery via a vast collection of wood type. Demonstrations will include a range of techniques including typesetting, inking and basic brayer techniques, and the ins and outs of the Vandercook press. Using a six word memoir, a favorite phrase or a song lyric, you will set and compose a wood type broadside. Gain a better understanding of the craft and versatility of letterpress printing. Open to students with all levels of letterpress experience.

    Remember to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting stained with ink.


    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring