Join us for a two day crash-course in letterpress printing!

Letterpress printing is a centuries old technique, in which images and text can be re-produced by the repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against paper. In this busy, 2-day workshop, students will learn how to set type, operate the press, and how to create a one and two color print. Mini-lectures on the history of the printing press, the basics of graphic design, and art historical context will be sprinkled in throughout this skill-based course.

2-Day Letterpress Basics is perfect for absolute beginners who have never touched type or those looking for a refresher. Students will use the two Vandercook Universal presses, one automated and one mechanical, in the Maine Media Book Arts Studio to create one color and two color hand-set prints.

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.

This class is limited to 8 students. 



Sal Taylor Kydd

Photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd specializes in alternative processes of photography to create Cyanotype and Platinum/Palladium prints.  She has most recently self published a book of poetry and photographs entitled Just When I Thought I Had You, and has authored and created a number of hand-made artist books, notably Cadence, Late Love and most recently Keepsakes. Sal and her family live in Rockport, Maine where she completed her MFA in Photography at the Maine Media College.


Course Dates

Feb 10 to Feb 11



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