Letterpress Intensive


LPintensiveLearn the basics of letterpress printing by designing, illustrating, printing, and binding a poetry chapbook or short story. Students will learn the basics of setting type by hand, as well as incorporating images using photopolymer plates or linoleum blocks. Over 6 weeks, students will design and print a small edition collaboratively. The last evening of class will be spent binding the book using a simple pamphlet binding.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: 5 Tuesdays, March 27 - April 24
Time: 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $225 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Completion of this class will qualify you to use the studios for your own projects. Details on Open Studio may be found here.


This class will meet on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 27, 6-9pm
Tuesday, April 3, 6-9pm
Tuesday, April 10, 6-9pm
Tuesday, April 17, 6-9pm
Tuesday, April 24, 6-9pm

Kevin Auer trained as an apprentice in bookbinding with Scott Mullenberg in Portland, Maine. He then worked as a conservation technician for a number of years at Cornell University. After graduating from the conservation program at the University of Texas at Austin, Kevin worked as a book conservator at the Walters Art Museum and has also done some book conservation at the Harry Ransom Center. Kevin learned letterpress from David Wolfe in Portland, Maine. He co-owned Wolfe Editions, a small shop that specialized in artists' books and limited edition work. Kevin also ran his own shop for a number of years doing letterpress printing and book binding. He has taught letterpress at Dartmouth College, as part of their summer workshop program, and also taught letterpress as an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. And for the past year and a half, Kevin has been the shop manager for the letterpress shop in the Design Department at the University of Texas.

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Start Date: March 27, 2018
End Date: April 24, 2018

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2832 E Martin Luther King Blvd #114
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