This three-hour workshop teaches students how to make detailed photopolymer plates that result in high-quality letterpress prints. The course includes discussions of how to produce both metal-backed and sticky-backed plates from film and digital files. No prior darkroom experience is needed, but a basic knowledge of letterpress printing or computer typesetting is helpful. Students have the option to make a plate from their own files; the parameters for these digital files will be sent out before class. The Photopolymer Platemaking Lab qualifies participants to rent SFCB’s photopolymer plate maker.
Materials to bring: None
Materials Fee: $5 for all students. Students submitting their own files to make plates will be charged an additional $15 for film and $20 for plate material. Please note: those who register within three days of the workshop may not be able to make a plate from their own negatives.
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San Francisco Center for the Book
The San Francisco Center for the Book fosters the joys of books and bookmaking, the history, artistry, and continuing presence of books in our culture and enduring importance as a medium of self-expression. We provide both a home for Bay Area book artists and a place where the wider community can discover book arts. Everyone is welcome here, experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. Over 300 workshops annually offer learning at all levels: from introductory to focused advanced courses spanning traditional bookbinding, cutting-edge printing techniques and experimental book forms. Exhibitions are designed to inform and inspire visitors. Free public programs include opening receptions for the exhibition program, poetry readings, book release parties for our publications, gallery talks, Open Houses and other community events like the annual Earth Day Extravaganza and Roadworks Street Fair.