Cylinder Core 3 :: Posterized

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June 25th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Lisa Rappoport
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $200
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This instructor requires that all students be masked. If you choose to enroll you will be expected to bring and wear a mask for the duration of class.

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. Core workshops must be taken sequentially.

Click here to learn more about the Cylinder Core Certificate Program.

Cylinder Core 3 :: Posterized

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Competencies Gained:

  • Builds on skills from Cylinder Core 1 and 2


  • Press mechanics and proper use of the press
  • Press/job setup
  • Proper cleanup


  • Make-ready / packing
  • Setting gauge pins
  • Mixing ink
  • Increased familiarity with the cylinder (Vandercook) press

>> Prerequisites: Cylinder Core 1 & 2 <<

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

Date & Time: Sunday, June 25, 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 | Lisa Rappoport (she/her)

Lisa Rappoport publishes poetry broadsides and artists' books under the imprint Littoral Press. Since 1998 she has produced a series of broadsides by the poets who teach at the Community of Writers; she has also printed poetry broadsides for Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books, the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, the Northern California Book Awards, and many others (last but not least, the Poets Pulling Prints series of the SFCB). Her poetry has appeared in Nostos, Five Fingers Review, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 1998 Icarus Poetry Competition and the recipient of a poetry residency at Centrum. Her poetry collection Penumbra was published by Longship Press in 2019. Her book The Short Goodbye received the Alastair Johnston Fine Press Award and was a runner-up in the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Lisa has taught at the New College in San Francisco, at a middle school in Lafayette, and in her own studio. Her work has been displayed nationally and is in collections throughout the U.S. You can visit her website at

Past Student Reviews:

"Lisa is amazingly skilled and talented, but is also quite clear and simple in introducing concepts, techniques and the mechanics or printing- it is really exciting to work with her."

“Lisa was great at giving us both practical knowledge of the Vandercook press and allowing us to have flexibility and time to figure things out. I appreciated her instruction and the structure of the class.” 

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