Friday, July 24, 2015

Fall Letterpress Workshops are Now Open

Our Workshop schedule is finally here! With a mixture of fun and technical learning, there is a workshop for everyone! From fun Wood Type Workshops and Linoleum Block Cutting to the more technical Introduction to Letterpress Workshop, we feel this is our best and most versatile offering of classes yet. All of the details for each class are listed below. but please don't hesitate to ask questions. We are combining forces with our studio mates over at Type High to bring you an amazing experience, so don't miss out! As always, workshops make a great gift, so keep that in mind as the holidays or birthdays draw near.

Dates are being added so please check back often or e-mail us to be placed on our mailing list

- All Classes are open to any experience level
- All Classes are held at our studio, 127 Railroad Street in Rochester, NY (next to Public Market)
- Registration and payment in full is required before class
- Register by calling French Press (585 406 0537) or e-mail (info at frenchpressonline.com)
- Gift Certificates are available (perfect for your DIY friend or loved one!!)

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Intro to Letterpress
One class – Endless Possibilities.

2 Classes Sessions (2 evening session per class)
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Discover how to set metal type to produce a unique letterpress printed piece. Set a poem, a bookmark, personal stationery, or greeting card.

Learn the proper way to set metal type in a composing stick, pull a proof and then take your idea to the press. We’ll teach you the importance of leading and how to properly adjust the line spacing of your form. Become familiar with the history of letterpress, common type sizes, word spaces and quads, all while having some fun making a project of your own.

You will then learn how to lock your form in a chase, do make ready, and print a small edition of your design. Learn about furniture, quoins, reglets and a proper make ready for the press. You will learn how to lubricate the press, apply ink, adjust impression, set guides, and print your project on a hand or foot treadle operated Platen press.

While your beautiful printed pieces dry, you will learn to properly wash-up the press, and finish your job by distributing your type.

6 hour class. - Tuesday/Thursday Night or All Day Saturday.


Each session is limited to 6 students.
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
$95.00


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Wood Type Workshop
Get some ink on your hands

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This free form printing workshop is one of our most creative workshops. We open our drawers of antique wood type, dingbats and borders for you to enjoy. Create artwork by hand burnishing posters, cards, and broadsides, from type and images in our amazing collection. Use brayers, to create fields of color, add in some type and create instant one of a kind works of art.

This free form class is to give you a taste of what is possible with the type and letterpress equipment we have in our shop. It is a low pressure, lots of fun experience using 100 year old type and images. A press or two maybe used but for the most part you will be using your hands and brayers to create the images on paper.

Each session is limited to 8 students.
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
$125.00

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Introduction to Linoleum Cut

1 Class Session (2 evening session per class)
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

This class will introduce you to basic linoleum cutting techniques. We’ll supply the tools and lino blocks, you supply the artwork and ideas. Once carved we’ll show you how to make a proof of your cut, make corrections to it, and then print it on our C&P platen presses or our Vandercook Proof presses.

Lino cuts are one of the easiest ways to create images for use in letterpress printing. They create crisp images and nice solids when printed properly.

Each session is limited to 6 students.
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
$110.00


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Printing on the Vandercook Proof Press

Class dates to come

Come learn to print on our Vandercook No.3 Proof Press, one of the most easy to use letterpress machines in our shop.

This class will show you how to set type on a flat bed press, adjust impression and packing and start pulling beautiful prints. Your instructor will guide you through your project as you set wood and metal type from our vast collection.

Create a unique letterpress composition and explore the many possibilities of combining lead and wood type to make artistic letterpress prints. Learn to lock-up posters, small broadsides, even greeting cards on the flat bed press,

Prior typesetting experience preferred but not necessary for this class.

6 hour class.
By Appointment: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
One 45 minute lunch break at noon.
$145.00


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Printing on the Wesel Iron Handpress: Every Print Pulled is a Work of Art.

Class dates to come
 
Experience the thrill of pulling the impression lever of our antique Wesel Iron Handpress. Built in 1900 this giant of our shop stands over 6 ft. tall, and can handle a sheet up to 18" x 24".

Design and print magnificent large wood type posters and signs. Your instructor will guide you through your project as you set wood and metal type from our vast collection of display type.

Create an unique letterpress composition and explore the many visual possibilities of multi color overprinting. Learn to lock-up your poster on the flat bed press, mount and cut the frisket, set guides, adjust impression, and ink for beautiful art posters.

6 hour class.
By Appointment: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dates to be determined
One 45 minute lunch break at noon.
$125.00



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