Blackletter without Blackletter: A Neuland Workshop

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August 14th, 2022 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Grendl Lofkvist
  • Instructor 2: Paul Shaw
  • Workshop Type: Printing, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 14th, 2022 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: August 14th, 2022 5:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class unless otherwise announced by SFCB. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.

Craftspeople of all skill levels will love this weekend workshop dedicated to the calligraphy and printing of Koch’s imposing yet playful Neuland script.

Rudolf Koch, an early 20th century German calligrapher and type designer, created a unique typeface by carving directly into metal. This funky, chunky face named Neuland was based on the letterforms Koch wrote out for manuscripts and carved into wood. It quickly became a favorite of calligraphers, woodblock artists, and graphic designers.

Blackletter fanatics Paul Shaw and Grendl Löfkvist will show you how to make these powerful capital letters with a calligraphic, broad-edged tool in the first half of class. You will then carve your letters into a medium for letterpress printing, and come away with a stunning poster printed on the Center’s Vandercook proof presses.

You’ll finish this workshop with the tools and skills to continue your calligraphic practice at home, and you’ll take away multiple prints of an original letterpress poster printed in your personal version of Neuland calligraphy!


Upon completion of this workshop, you will have learned/experienced:
• an understanding of the history of Neuland and its designer Rudolf Koch
• basic calligraphic skills 
• basic carving skills
• ink mixing
• a taste of printing on the Vandercook cylinder presses 

Materials to Bring: None, but wear clothes you won't mind getting inky!

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $215
Scholarships available; click here to apply

Date & Time: Sunday, August 14, 2022 :: 10-5pm

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 Instructors

Grendl Löfkvist is the Education Director at Letterform Archive and teaches calligraphy and printing workshops at SFCB. She also teaches type history and theory in the year-long postgraduate Type West program in type design, and the history of graphic design at City College of San Francisco.

Paul Shaw is a calligrapher/typographer/graphic designer/design historian. He is the co-author of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and Blackletter Primer. Paul has been fascinated by Rudolf Koch’s typefaces and calligraphy since the mid-1960s. 



SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States