Cylinder Core 4 :: Digital into Analog

August 12th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Robin Weinert
  • 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 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 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


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


  • Build on press setup skills
  • Build on ink mixing skills
  • Develop press cleanup speed
  • Increased familiarity with running the cylinder (Vandercook) press

>> Prerequisite: Cylinder Core 1, 2, 3 <<


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

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12, 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 | 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