Letterpress Courses 2014

I will be teaching a number of courses in letterpress over the coming months. These include both one day short courses in Graphic Studio Dublin and ten and eleven week evening courses in Distillers Press at the National College of Art & Design.

Saturday 20 September – one day beginners course in Graphic Studio Dublin.
Tuesday 23 September – eleven week evening course in Distillers Press, NCAD.
Sat 22 & Sun 23 November – two day Christmas Card course in Graphic Studio Dublin.
Tuesday 6th January 2015 – ten week evening course in Distillers Press, NCAD.

The details of each course are outlined below with details of how to book:


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Short Courses in Graphic Studio Dublin

Please note there is a minimum requirement of 4 participants, if not reached course is subject to cancellation. A full refund will be issued in this event.

The full range of Graphic Studio courses can be viewed and booked online here

Date: Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm.
6 participants

Suitable for beginners and intermediate.
Students will learn how to set and print a small paragraph using letterpress.


Christmas Card
Dates: Saturday & Sunday 22 & 23 November, 10am – 4pm.
6 participants

Suitable for beginners and intermediate.
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. During the second day the image will be cut and added to make a finished piece in a short edition.




Longer Courses in Distillers Press

Distillers Press Courses are administrated by CEAD, the Continuing Education Department in NCAD. Bookings are taken by CEAD and the application form and full information can be found in their brochure. Applications for courses are accepted from August 1st until September 4th 2014 thereafter you can check with the office administrator to establish places left on courses. As with the courses in Graphic Studio, there is a minimum requirement of participants needed to run the course and a full refund will be issued if the course cannot proceed. 

Click here to download CEAD brochure


V/C 508 Letterpress Printing – INTRODUCTORY

From 23 September 2014
Course Fee €315
Tuesday (Semester I), 6.30–9pm
8 Students

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 only 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.
Course duration: 11 weeks


V/C 509 Letterpress Printing – INTERMEDIATE

From 6 January 2015
Course Fee €295
Tuesday (Semester II), 6.30–9pm
8 Students

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, undertake research and 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. An archive of previous work made in Distillers Press may be viewed on the website www.distillerspress.com
Course duration: 10 weeks


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One Response to Letterpress Courses 2014

  1. Hi Mary
    I booked and paid for the intro to letterpress course and haven’t heard anything about it. I have emailed the college twice with no reply.
    Do you know is it still going ahead?
    Thanking you,

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