This fast paced, one-day course will be hands-on and inky. You will learn about many aspects of letterpress printing. This is a jam-packed day with information about how to set up printing presses and generally how to start the whole letterpress printing process. There will be tips on how to achieve the best possible print, where to source machines, maintenance advice, the history of letterpress and information that can be used across many other printing disciplines.
During the course, you will learn how to handle type, different inking techniques and effects and the fundamentals of design and composition with type. You will use a selection of the tutor’s wood block type collection to print your own unique poster/posters, alongside the use of the tutor’s 1950’s George Pallister Proofing press or West Dean College’s very own Farley or Albion presses.
Over the course of the day, you will create a custom letterpress poster/posters.
By the end of the course, you will have learnt new letterpress design, handling and printing skills, and you will have produced a letterpress poster/s.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
- Ink, 3 x sheets of Hereford paper and newsprint
What students need to bring
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good variety of art materials including inks and Zerkall printing paper
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.