Introduction to Letterpress

July 20th, 2023 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Robin Weinert
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $80
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

If you have heard about letterpress but are not really sure what it is or how it works, this class will allow you to peer inside the rich history and engaging techniques of letterpress printing. This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press. Participants will learn the basics of setting type using SFCB’s vast collection of lead type and decorative ornaments as well as inking, locking up and pulling a print.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided.

Date & Time: Thursday, July 20, 2023 :: 6:30-9:30pm

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

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Robin Weinert (he/him)

Robin Weinert is an artist and printmaker living and working in Oakland CA. He has a BFA in printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a decade of experience in the commercial printing industry here in the Bay Area. Robin owns Oakland Printing Co., a specialty printing company which focuses on letterpress, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting. His handmade books can be found in the collections of the University of Iowa, and Yale University, among others. 

Past Student Reviews:

“Robin did a great job of giving us a basic overview of the equipment in a short amount of time, while giving us plenty of time to explore (and play with) the materials & start printing.”

“Super-interesting topic, a really cool venue and equipment (the presses, the type, etc.), and, most of all a really excellent instructor. Robin is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, but also approachable, dynamic, patient, and funny.”

"Good mix of informative (history, how-to) and hands on."

“Knowledgeable but not in the least pushy, great at both listening to students AND at conveying the material! Overall a really effective instructor!”  

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States