The letterpress classes and workshops listed here are taught by Keith Cross at the Mass Art Press located at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts.
If you're looking for a workshop for your creative team, school group, or design progam; look no further. Bring your group of 8-15 people for a 1-day letterpress workshop and get creative. Schedule your group workshop.
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Read a blog post about our Fall 2014 workshop!
You might also like this review of our Spring 2013 workshop.
Here are some wonderful pictures taken by Tom Bergeron from the June 20, 2015 workshop.
The Mass Art Press has five Vandercook presses: 3 SP15s, a Universal 1 and a 219 Old Style. Our pressroom type collection includes over 500 fonts of metal and wood type and is one of the largest letterpress shops for students in New England.
Watch this excellent video about letterpress and book arts at the Mass Art Press!
This workshop is an introduction to letterpress printing and manual type setting for the complete beginner. You'll learn to use a job stick, hand-set type from our expanding collection of metal and wood type typefaces and ornaments and then print your work on one of our five Vandercook flatbed cylinder presses. We supply the paper, you supply the ambition!
For the first half of the workshop, we'll thoroughly explore the wood type collection. You'll have a chance to create wood type posters using a variety of type and in a variety of colors. Phew! Break for lunch. Then, for the second half of the workshop, bring a six word memoir. We'll set these memoirs, compose them into a single poem (Exquisite Corpse style) and create a poetry broadside.
This workshop is suitable for the complete beginner or anyone who has had an introduction to letterpress, but wants more time on press and additional experience working with our large collection of wood and metal type. You'll also have more opportunities to work with any of our five Vandercook proof presses. The workshop includes an introduction to manual type setting with metal type, wood type, and ornaments. You'll learn to compose lines of text, then whole paragraphs, which may be combined with found or hand made images.
Also bring your ideas for an appropriately sized project to print, such as:
Ten letterpress enthusiast spent the day setting ambitious projects and having fun!
Media & Journalism Students from Meridian Academy (ages 9-12) print a "Muckraker Headline" Broadside. Read the blog post with pictures!
Freshmen, Studio Foundation Students print woodtype collages:
Take a look at these examples of woodtype/six word memoir prints!
Take a look at this happy group of letterpressers!
Big smiles and fun with these letterpressers!