Intro to Letterpress

DSCF1237In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting and then print a small edition either individually or collaboratively. Fundamentals of proper presswork including registration, inking, and impression will be covered. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a project such as a business card, greeting card, or a poster.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $180 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.

Date: October 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Printshop Renter Training October 29

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, October 29th, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: October 29, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Printing from Photopolymer Plates

Dive into the world of digital letterpress by learning the basics of printing from photopolymer plates. At the first class meeting, students will learn how to set up files and order plates. At the second meeting, students will learn the fundamentals of proper presswork including registration, inking, and impression using the Vandercook proof presses. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a project such as business cards or greeting cards.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates and times: Tuesday, November 7 (6-9pm) & Saturday, November 18 (10am-4pm)
Maximum no. of students: 6
Instructor: Max Koch
Cost: $135 tuition + $40 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.

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

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 Wednesdays, November 8 - December 13 (skipping Nov 22)
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.

Date: November 8, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

DIY Publishing

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own zine? Publishing a cookbook or chapbook? How about that novel you’ve been working on? Want to get political? We got you covered with practical approaches to making comics, t-shirts, rock posters, you name it. Bring your hopes and dreams, trials and tribulations, and we’ll help you publish the book you want to read with an eye towards ecological and financial stability.

Dates: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Kyle Schlesinger
Cost: $45 tuition

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

Date: November 14, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Printshop Renter Training November 26

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, November 26th, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: November 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Letterpress Business Cards

LPintensiveLearn the basics of setting type by hand and letterpress printing using the table-top platen press, still widely available on the market. Learn the California job case, set type, use a pica ruler and composing stick, ink the press and print. Proper impression will be covered. Each student will set and print a small edition of his or her own business card or short quote.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, December 2
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 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.

Date: December 2, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Printing on the Platen Press

Learn the fundamentals of printing using the platen jobber, perfect for small format jobs, such as greeting cards, business cards, envelopes, etc. Using ABAC’s 8 x 12 Chandler & Price, old-style treadle press and a collection of type forms and photopolymer plates, students will learn how to set up the press and operate it safely. Experience the charm and efficiency of printing on a platen jobber!

Level: Previous letterpress experience preferred
Dates: Monday, December 4
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $45 tuition + $5 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.

Date: December 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Happy Hour, Print Holiday Cards

Let letterpress be that something special this holiday season! Learn the basics concepts of letterpress printing using wood and metal type and photopolymer plates. Students can expect to complete a small edition of cards with greetings such as “Season’s Greetings”, "Happy Holidays" and "Happy New Year". We may even print "Thank You" cards, ending the year in a spirit of gratitude!

Wine and snacks provided, or bring your own. Join us for a fun and educational evening!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Friday, December 8
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
Cost: $45 tuition + $5 materials fee

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

Date: December 8, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

 


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