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Letterpress Basics Workshop

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$180 – $200

Hands-on classes in the Book Arts Studio!

Learn the ins & outs of letterpress printing. Peruse our collection of vintage metal & wood type, images (cuts) and ornaments to create a truly unique card or poster. Participants will learn the basics of hand setting type and building sound designs, paper prep & press set-up and, of course, printing on our Vandercook presses. Each participant will finish the class with a uniquely designed hand-printed poster or set of greeting cards.
By successfully completing this Letterpress Basics class, participants gain the necessary skills to work independently in our Letterpress Studio and become eligible to book Open Studios. Open Studio is available for Book Arts Members only–become a Member here
This is a three-part class, and participants must attend all 3 dates: Thursdays, March 2, 9, and 16 from 6-8pm. The final class may run until 8:30pm.
Cost: $200, $180 Members

Things to Note:
• Makers of all skill levels are welcome. This class is suitable for ages sixteen+.
• All necessary tools and materials needed to participate are provided.
• Completed Letterpress Basics projects will be one layer/color as a folded or flat 5″x7″ (approx.) greeting card or print up to 11″x17″ in a maximum edition of approx. 25 prints (number of copies)
• Letterpress Class size is limited to 3 participants to ensure quality of instruction. Please read our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page to review our health & safety procedures.
•Participants are required to sign a waiver upon arrival to class to participate in the Studio Workshop.

Any questions about the class please email [email protected]



two people working on letterpress
person in a blue apron utilizing a printing press in the foreground, two others donning aprons working in the background


Caitlin Caldwell (she/her) is a printer & designer living in Buffalo. She started interning at the Book Arts Center in 2010 while studying Communication Design and Printmaking at the University at Buffalo. Caitlin now works in the printshop at Roswell Parkand enjoys teaching letterpress classes in the printshop where she learned to print!

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May 11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$180 – $200
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Caitlin Caldwell


WNY Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
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(716) 348-1430