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Letterpress Basics Workshop

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$185 – $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 simple 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.

Please note the class is geared towards an understanding of the craft process, and while personalized creations will be made, the designs will be simple in nature in order to dedicate enough time to designing, typesetting, forme building, printing and press operation, and materials/clean up.

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. The final class (printing) may run until 8:30/9pm.

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

REGISTER HERE for the workshop

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. 20 prints (number of copies)
• Letterpress Class size is limited to 2 participants to ensure quality of instruction. We will keep a wait list. In the event the class is sold out, please email [email protected] to be put on the waitlist, or notified of the next open class.
•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]



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 Park and enjoys teaching letterpress classes in the printshop where she learned to print!

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October 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$185 – $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