Learn the basics of letterpress printing with wood type.
In a workshop you will become familiarized with type composition, locking up, and printing on sign presses. Workshops are all day and run from 9 am until 5 pm. The day starts with a 45 minute tour of the museum and instruction on how to use a sign press. The majority of your time will consist of printing with wood type from a large collection available in the pressroom at the museum. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them.
The cost is $125 per person with the museum providing ink and 25 sheets of 100 lb white cover stock at 12 x 18 inches. 25 sheets of paper is a wonderful number to allow each participant to further their knowledge in letterpress printing and to explore the art form. The workshops are not meant for producing resale work. Feel free to bring paper of a different size, stock, or color. However, keep in mind that hand made paper is not allowed as it may damage the type.
No previous experience is necessary. Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $60 to fulfill the full cost of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used participants in the workshop must be 16 years or older. Make your reservation soon, because workshops fill up quickly. There is a maximum of 11 students per class to ensure that everyone has access to their own press.
For specific dates, more information, and to reserve your spot please visit our calendar. If you have any questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-794-6272 .
Another option is to arrange for a private full-day workshop of 6-11 people. Many colleges, universities, design agencies, as well as interested individuals have already done this. Please contact the museum to check dates and get more information at email@example.com.