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 fun holiday posters. 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.
You will become familiarized with type composition, locking up, and printing on sign presses. The workshop runs from 9 am until 5 pm. The day starts off with a 45 minute tour of the museum and instruction on how to use a sign press. The majority of the workshop consists of printing with wood type and vintage holiday blocks from a large collection available in the pressroom at the museum. Clean-up begins at 4 pm and the day finishes up at 5 pm. Lunch is not provided, but there are many restaurants nearby or you can pack your own and eat here 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920.794.6272.