Letterpress I Intensive

with Bill Myers
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-3pm

This introductory intensive offers a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Students will start with printing a collaborative project, then design and print an edition of broadsides with text and a simple image of their choosing. Through the course of their projects, participants will learn the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, and a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on creation of a beautiful edition of broadsides.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category A, fulfills Core letterpress requirement

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Dirty Works: Screen Printing – FULL

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Friday, June 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tote bag and paper.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress

with Erin Maurelli
Sat-Sun, June 8 & 9; 9am-3pm
Letterpress I or equivalent required

Turn digital files, line drawings and more into polymer! Learn the use and operation of MCBA’s polymer platemaker, analog and digital negatives creation, options for digital file preparations, and use of plates on the Vandercook press.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Letterpress II Intensive

with CB Sherlock
Mon-Fri, June 10-14; 10am-3pm
Letterpress I (or equivalent) required

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category B

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Screen Printed Zines

with Fiona Avocado
Saturday, June 15; 10am-6pm
Intro to Screen Printing or equivalent experience required

Put your basic screen printing knowledge into further practice by combining illustration, screen printing, and a simple binding to create your own screen printed zines. Bring an idea for a story to class. Learn simple layout and design strategies for zines. Then, illustrate the story on vellum to create transparencies and practice multi-color screen printing and registration. Leave with copies of your screen printed tiny zine, and a copy of each of your classmates’ zines as part of a class exchange.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

Freedom of the Press: Broadsides and the Hand Press

with Bill Myers
Saturday, June 29; 10am-4pm

From the 16th century to the 19th centuries, printed broadsides and posters were a major means of communication. Unlike pamphlets and newspapers, single sheets posted on walls and lampposts could work something like present day billboards, placing advertisements, announcements of events, political statements, and satirical ballads in front of the public. Make use of MCBA’s extensive wood type collection to make your own posters, printing them on a 19th century iron hand press. These presses were (very likely) originally used to print just the sort of work we will create. These presses also make it easy to experiment with multicolor designs. Bring brief texts you would like to print or use some provided by the instructor.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Digital File Preparation for Platemaking

with Kevin Brown, Proprietor of Smart Set, Inc.
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 6-9pm
General knowledge of letterpress printing required

From etchings to photographs, learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery into photopolymer plates for letterpress. This class is a guide to Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) with an emphasis on aspects relevant to letterpress printing, including scanning and converting grayscale images to bitmaps, alternative methods of halftoning such as diffusion dithers, and other tips and tricks. While primarily a computer class, participants will get an opportunity to image film and make a 5 x 7 inch polymer plate.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Screen Printing on Paper

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Sunday, July 14; 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of screen printing on paper through demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. Print your own greeting cards and a simple book using hand-drawn artwork, cut paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and multi-color printing for paper. Bring your own sketches and ideas to class!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Screen Printing on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Saturday, July 27; 10am-4pm

Print your own t-shirt, tote bag, and tea towel. Learn the basics of screen printing on fabric using hand-drawn artwork, cut paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and multi-color printing for fabric. Bring your own sketches and ideas to class!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press

with Ruby Figueroa
Friday, August 2; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a poster using cuts and wood type. Taking an experimental approach to letterpress printing by using hand brayers to ink the forms, participants will create a unique and varied edition of prints.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee