Education

As part of WNYBAC’s educational mission, we strive to provide fieldtrips that meet NYS standards that will cross curricula and enrich children’s learning experiences. The rapid growth of technology and digital media makes it essential that our future generations understand the place printed words and books have in our past, present, and future. Printing and bookbinding are relevant to ELA, Social Studies, Science, Technology, and Math, as well as the Arts. If there is a specific aspect of your school or organization’s curriculum that you would like to focus on, please contact WNYBAC to arrange for customization.

Options and Pricing:

All field trips include a historical tour of the museum and print shop, an art discussion in the gallery, and a choice of activities. For groups of thirty or more, two activities are required in order to accommodate the size of the group.

School groups: The cost for one activity is $8.00 per student; two activities are discounted to $10.00 per student. If Letterpress & Screen Printing are both chosen, the cost is $14 per student. Each activity lasts approximately 1 hour.

College groups: The cost for one basic activity is $10.00 per student; two activities are discounted to $15.00 per student. Price may vary based on desired level of involvement.

There is a $100.00 minimum charge per workshop for any size group.

Activity Options:

Letterpress Printing: Students will learn the basics of typesetting and have the opportunity to print a keepsake quote, memento, or text to incorporate into a future project.

Accordion Book Making: Students will learn the basic methods of paper folding and create an accordion book. Methods may vary based on the age/level of the group. This activity is recommended for ages 5-12.

Screen Printing: Students will learn the basics of how silk screening is done, get an overview of the process in action, and have the opportunity to print a predetermined design on a shirt or poster.

Activity Customization:

Many groups choose to customize field trips. If there is a specific idea you would like to explore, skill you would like to learn, or material you would like to use, please contact the WNYBAC staff. Integrating specific topics into school curricula can be arranged. Whether it is printing book covers, portfolios or posters, creating marbled or decorative papers, silkscreening or papermaking, WNYBAC is flexible and willing to meet the needs of your group.

On-Site Instruction:

In some cases, WNYBAC can provide on-site instruction to your group at your school or location. Using our mobile printing unit, students will have the chance to learn the basics of letterpress printing and have the opportunity to operate a platen-style press. Rates for visiting instruction vary depending on the location, size of group, and time required.

College Level Group Visits:

Many graphic design, typography, and printmaking classes choose to come into WNYBAC for custom workshops in typesetting, analog design, papermaking, and bookbinding to enhance fine arts and design curricula.

If you are interested in scheduling any of these seminars or activities, please contact WNYBAC to arrange for customization.