Jobbing Platen Core 1-4 :: 4-Day Intensive

$ 700.00

August 14th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Lisa Rappoport
  • Instructor 2: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 14th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 17th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 4

Jobbing Platen Certificate Program 

Chandler and Price may have ceased production of presses in 1964, but these stalwart machines will carry on the work to be done for decades to come. In light of that, we are offering our Core Certificate Program on these “Jobbing Platen” presses for those who want to treadle while they print. The jobbing platen is a workhorse for edition printing; once the printer understands how it responds, it faithfully and efficiently moves through the work. Students who finish the four core classes are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.  Click here to learn more about the Core Certification Program and find out how you can get a discount on all your classes.

Jobbing Platen Core 1 :: Experience Letterpress! with Lisa Rappoport 

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. Print your own cards!

Jobbing Platen Core 2 :: Power of the Broadside with Lisa Rappoport

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Jobbing Platen Core 3 :: Postcard Express with Alan Hilleshiem 

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own postcards!

Jobbing Platen Core 4 :: Digital into Analog with Alan Hillesheim

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Materials to Bring: None.

Prerequisite: Optional: Introduction to Letterpress

Workshop + Materials Fee: $700.00

Date & Time: Monday-Thursday, August 14-17, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Lisa Rappoport

Lisa Rappoport publishes poetry broadsides and artist’s books under the imprint Littoral Press. Since 1998 she has produced a series of broadsides by the poets who teach at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley workshops; she has also printed poetry broadsides for Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books, W.S. Merwin, and many others (last but not least, the Poets Pulling Prints series of the SFCB). Her poetry has appeared in Caesura, Five Fingers ReviewLiteral Latte, the anthology Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 1998 Icarus Poetry Competition and the recipient of a poetry residency at Centrum. Lisa has taught at the New College in San Francisco, at Kala Art Institute, and in her own studio. Her work has been displayed nationally and is in collections throughout the U.S.  You can visit her website at

About the Instructor | Alan Hillesheim

Alan Hillesheim has degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Thus, lost in the woods without a compass, he apprenticed at Jim Robertson's Yolla Bolly Press, over his head in the black art. There he happened upon a dysfunctional paper-folding-machine which resembled a Norwegian snow sled wrecked by six drunks. He fixed it. And then began a 23 year adventure both printing and fixing machines from the golden age of letterpress. In addition to running Digger Pine Press into the ground, he also builds wooden boats for oar and sail and, most recently, fanciful wooden toys for a four year old. He is still writing the novel he started 25 years ago, Different Eyes.

Past Student Reviews:

“Very thorough in terms of material and experience with the equipment. Material was consistent and re-enforced through repetitive practice. the workshop was great. Very pro.”

“I loved it. I will for sure return to take courses in cylinder and polymer plate.”

"Honestly the whole course was outstanding, and the fact that it was such a small group gave us so much time with the instructors and on the machines." 

“It was great having different instructors as each had unique way of doing things and it made developing our own style much easier.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States