Letterpress Courses 2017

I’ll be teaching a selection of short and long courses over the next few months.  I’ll update this page with further details of dates and times as they become available. Please use the links below to read more about each course; all can be booked online through the relevant website.

September 2017

Introduction to Letterpress on the Adana table top press, one day course – National Print Museum (SOLD OUT) www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Beginners: Eleven Week Evening Course in Distillers Press, NCAD is held on a Wednesday evening, from 6.30pm to 9pm. V/C 508. Beginning 20 September. National College of Art & Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
This course will cover the basic techniques of letterpress printing: type setting with metal and wood type, locking up for print, registration, lino cut, multiple colour relief printing and producing short editions using a proofing press. The eleven week programme, offers a fantastic opportunity to gain access to Distillers Press, the best working letterpress facility in third level education in Ireland. Those with experience in graphic design / typography / print may find the course particularly interesting but prior knowledge of design is not required. The course will begin with an induction to the workshop, an overview of letterpress printing with examples of artists’ & designers’ work, an explanation of hand setting and an introduction to the use of the press. A number of short projects will follow, to explain the processes and then participants will be encouraged to create their own work under supervision. This can take the form of small editions of prints, posters, simple books, cards or stationery.
The course will provide an excellent overview of the processes and materials involved in letterpress printing. A certain amount of quality paper will be provided to begin the course and then additional sheets may be purchased as it progresses.  www.ncad.ie/continuing-education/cead-apply



October 2017

Experimental Letterpress, one day course – National Print Museum


November 2017

Letterpress Christmas Cards, one day course – National Print Museum
(SOLD OUT) www.nationalprintmuseum.ie


December 2017

Lino cut & Letterpress Christmas Cards, Weekend Workshop – Graphic Studio Dublin
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December, 10am to 4pm each day.
Graphic Studio Dublin, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1.
Students will learn how to make a celebratory or invitation card using both letterpress and linocut. The first day will be spent typesetting and printing the cards, and during the second day the image will be cut in lino and added to make a finished piece. Each participant should complete approximately 10 cards.


January 2018

Intermediate: Ten Week Evening Course in Distillers Press, NCAD is held on a Wednesday evening, from 6.30pm to 9pm.  V/C 509
This ten week course is aimed at those who have completed the introductory course or have experience with setting metal and wooden type. Those individuals with a background in graphic design / typography / print / literature may find this course particularly interesting.
This course offers an opportunity to access the Distillers Press and its fantastic collection of over 500 cases of wood and metal type. Participants will build on the basic techniques of hand setting and with tutor guidance, work on one large project or set of small projects. This limited edition could take the form of prints, posters, booklets or cards and can involve typography or illustration or a combination of both.
Projects will be suggested but participants will also be encouraged to research and develop individual work under supervision. As well as typography-based projects, participants can make use of other relief methods such as printing
from lino cut and digitally designed plates, as well as printing with multiple colours and hand inking.
The course will provide an excellent overview of the; processes and materials involved in letterpress printing, and offers the participant a chance to develop a larger project over time. Participants can research their own paper stocks or suitable sheets may be purchased from Distillers Press as the course progresses.

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