Cylinder Core 1 :: Experience Letterpress!

$ 200.00

February 11th, 2020 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Leigh McLellan
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: February 11th, 2020 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: February 12th, 2020 10:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2

Cylinder Core Certificate Program

The handfed cylinder proof press, also known as the Vandercook press, has a special place in both print history and in teaching book arts. Immediate and accessible, yet nuanced and specific, it is the press that introduced many of us to letterpress. The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. 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 receive a discount.


Cylinder Core 1 :: Experience Letterpress!

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. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Competencies Gained:

  • Knowledge:

    • Introductory history of the art and craft of relief printing

    • How letterpress printing works

  • Skills:

    • Introduction to the type case, composition and the composing stick

    • Introduction to studio practices

    • Pulling a print

  • Equipment:

    • Introduction to the cylinder (Vandercook) press and safety points

    • Movable type and cuts

All paper for SFCB's Core Certificate Program projects has been generously provided by Mohawk.


Materials to Bring: None

Prerequisite: None; optional: Introduction to Letterpress

Workshop + Materials Fee: $200.00*

*Early Bird Special :: Winter 2020- Students who sign up for the full workshop series (January-April, 2020) by December 31, 2019 will receive a reduced rate of $640. {Students who register after December 31, 2019 will receive a $100 discount}.

Date & Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 11 & 12, 2020, 6:30-10pm

Location: This workshop will take place at 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.


About the Instructor | Leigh McLellan

Leigh McLellan typeset, letterpress printed, and hand bound letterpress books and broadsides from 1974 to 1990 under her imprint, Meadow Press. She has been an instructor at the San Francisco Center for the Book since 2002. She has also taught letterpress printing, bookbinding, and decorated papers at Mills College and the California College of Arts and Crafts, as well as workshops at the San Francisco Public Library, Stanford University, Pyramid Atlantic in Washington, DC, the Women's Graphic Center in Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. Her work is in many library collections across the country, including the San Francisco Public Library, the University of San Francisco, Mills College, The University of California Bancroft Library, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, among many others. Her work has been exhibited widely. In a related field, she has been an independent commercial book and graphic designer since 1976, working mostly for publishers in the Bay Area. In both pursuits, she has won many design awards. See Leigh's Meadow Press work at http://meadowpressbooks.com and her commercial design work at http://www.leighmcdesign.com.


Past Student Reviews:

“Very small group of participants allowed time and focus with instructor. Leigh paid attention to every detail and wants to ensure we learn the right way to do everything (including cleaning of presses). I appreciate that: no shortcuts or sloppy practice. I loved the whole process: learning how to set type, prepare the type on the press, and print. It was so much fun, if a little intense and nerve-wracking!”

“I liked the project, and I thought the class went at a good pace.”

[What did you like most about the workshop?] “The pace of the class.”


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375 RHODE ISLAND ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States