Letterpress Core Skills: 2023 Summer Session

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Letterpress Core Skills: 2023 Summer Session

This summer our multi-session, signature typesetting, and press usage class will feature the printing of broadsides, cards, and ephemera.

By Virginia Humanities

When and where

Date and time

August 26 · 10am - August 29 · 4pm EDT


Virginia Center for the Book Jefferson School City Center 233 4th Street NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

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About this event

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Letterpress Core Skills: Summer Session 2023

Four Consecutive Classes – Saturday thru Tuesday – August 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2023 (10 AM - 4 PM)

Participants of all skill levels are welcome*

UVa Education Benefit Eligible**

Explore the art and craft of typesetting and letterpress printing in the Center's Pressroom which features Vandercook cylinder letterpresses and the largest publicly accessible collection of movable type in the mid-Atlantic region.

We’ll have multiple small assignments/projects that demonstrate metal type, polymer, and multi-color printing.

All participants will receive a copy of our type specimen book Speaking in Faces.

The goal is to achieve a demonstrable level of skill and confidence on a Vandercook press; it would be a first step toward being “licensed” on the press, which comes with sufficient experience and exposure to all aspects of printing.

During the course, the student will learn the skills necessary to:

  • Independently compose, typeset, and print a typeset text project on a Vandercook printing press
  • Utilize basic letterpress terminology
  • Navigate a job case’s arrangement and distribute type
  • Understand the strategies and concepts behind two-color printing
  • Use wood type, polymer, and block print on a Vandercook press
  • Troubleshoot common printing problems
  • Clean the parts of a Vandercook press
  • Clean and store accessories including furniture, tools, and type

* Participants of all skill levels welcome: Experienced printers should contact Garrett regarding specific areas of interest.

Those wishing to pursue Vandercook Licensure can pursue an independent project that would be arranged after coursework is completed.

Letterpress Core Intensive – Registration Details

  • Instructors: Lana Lambert and Garrett Queen
  • Schedule: Four Consecutive Classes – Saturday thru Tuesday – August 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2023 (10 AM - 4 PM)
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Registration Fee: $400 members/$465 non-members (course fees include materials & Speaking in Faces Trade Edition)
  • **UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #082623 (must use the non-member price).
  • Additional course information contact: Garrett Queen: gsqueen@virginia.edu
  • Class size: Limited to six students

COVID Vaccination and Masking Policy:

It is the Virginia Center for the Book’s expectation that all program participants will be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Evolving CDC and UVA COVID guidelines may require that participants be masked if working close to others. (bring your masks)

Should public health guidelines change and new norms be applicable, we reserve the right to revisit the expectations in the interest of participant health and safety - full refunds will be made if this causes any cancellations.

Online Registration: Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.

About the organizer

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Virginia Humanities

Virginia Humanities is the state humanities council. We’re headquartered in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, but we serve the entire state.

We aim to share the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to share their own stories. We want Virginians to connect with their history and culture and, in doing that, we hope we’ll all get to know each other a little better.