Cylinder Core 2 :: Power of the Broadside

 Registration is closed for this event

June 10th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Paula Gloistein
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $200
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. 

Cylinder Core Certificate Program

The hand-fed 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 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 Cylinder Core Certificate Program

Cylinder Core 2 :: Power of the Broadside

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

Competencies Gained:

  • Builds on skills from Cylinder Core 1


  • How composition, justification and registration combine on press


  • Basic letterpress design
  • Composition of a tight line
  • Line justification
  • Making a line cut work with type
  • Locking up a form in a chase
  • Case memorization for speed in composition and distribution
  • Proficiency in using the composing stick


  • Increased familiarity with the cylinder (Vandercook) press

>> Prerequisite: Cylinder Core 1 <<

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

Date & Time: Saturday, June 10, 2023 :: 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. 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 | Paula Gloistein (she/her)

Paula Gloistein has an MA in Humanities from Dominican College which really has very little to do with her work as a photographer, designer, and letterpress printer. After more than ten years in the wedding biz, she recently opened a small shop, big day design lounge, that showcases handmade wedding accessories, custom invitations, and workshops for crafty couples.

Past Student Reviews:

“Lots of hands-on work with the perfect amount of oversight/supervision from Paula”

“She really was terrific. I was impressed with how direct and clear she was and how well she managed class time.”

“Paula is a fantastic teacher and really easy to get along with and ask questions to. So many concepts that hadn't quite clicked for me yet really started coming together once she started teaching me."

“We got to be on our own to figure out how to problem solve when it arose and how to detect our problem. I had a better understanding of the printing process and the operating of the press.”

375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States