Cylinder Core 4 :: Digital into Analog

$ 200.00

April 14th, 2020 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: April 14th, 2020 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: April 15th, 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 4 :: Digital into Analog

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.

Competencies Gained:

  • Builds on skills from Cylinder Cores 1, 2 and 3

  • Knowledge:

    • Introduction to polymer plate printing

    • Knowledge of various polymer plate bases and benefits/costs of each one

  • Skills

    • Build on press setup skills

    • Build on ink mixing skills

    • Develop press cleanup speed

  • Equipment

    • Increased familiarity with running the cylinder (Vandercook) press

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


Materials to Bring: None

Prerequisite: Cylinder Core 1, 2, 3

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, April 14 & 15, 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 | 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:

“Alan gave us complete autonomy but was there to help when needed.”

“I felt like I'd finally become a competent printer after taking this workshop.”

“Alan is especially good at working with the students to problem solve. He does not take over for us, but offers advice, answers and sometimes hands on help to solve problems.”

“I felt like it was a great workshop - there wasn't anything I didn't like.”


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Polymer Core 1 :: Digital Design for Letterpress

Polymer Core 2 :: Photopolymer Platemaking Lab

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