Letterpress Workshop: Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, December 14, 2019 9am-5pm

In this one-day workshop, learn the basics of letterpress printing while using vintage, holiday blocks.

Get in the holiday spirit! Join us to print holiday cards, gift tags, or unique holiday gifts for your loved-ones. We will be pulling out our collection of spectacular holiday blocks, cuts, and imagery that is not otherwise available for this fun-filled day of printing. The entire pressroom collection of type will be available, you do not have to print holiday-themed items. You will become familiarized with type composition, locking up, and printing on sign presses.

The workshop runs from 9 am to 5 pm. The day starts off with instruction on printing and using a sign press. The majority of the workshop consists of printing with wood type from a large collection available in the pressroom at the museum.

Everyone breaks for lunch at the same time. Options include purchasing a lunch for $10 (includes sandwich, chips and beverage), bringing your own lunch (a refrigerator is available) or choosing a local restaurant. Clean-up begins at 4 pm and the day finishes up at 5 pm. 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 handmade 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. We accept cash, credit card or check. A maximum of 10 students per class ensures that everyone has access to their own press. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used, participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older.

Please complete the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions e-mail us at info@woodtype.org or call 920.794.6272.

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