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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.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-557W

    Letterpress Holiday Card Wkshp

    Design, hand-set and letterpress print your own unique holiday cards, notes or gifts, using Archetype's extensive collection of foundry type, ornaments, dingbats and decorative rules. You will be introduced to the basics of hand-set typography and letterpress printing on the Vandercook proof press. Class meets at Art Center's Archetype Press. Limited to 10 students.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall

  • 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.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring