Merge old and new technologies by using photopolymer plates!

Date: Apr 28-29, 2018
Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $425
Class Size: 8

Image Credit: Drew Cornwall

Photopolymer is a light sensitive material that can is exposed with UV light and a digital negative to create a printable plate. Photopolymer plates expand the possibilities of letterpress, allowing us to design digitally but print traditionally. Its a great alternative to hand-set type for longer text blocks and lets students use fonts we don’t have in our lead type selection. Photopolymer also opens the door to letter pressing line-drawings and halftones.

This course will cover the possibilities and constraints of photopolymer, how to prep files in InDesign and Photoshop for printing digital negatives, how to make and care for polymer plates, and finally, how to use them on the letterpress! This is a great introductory course for students who want to learn how to use the letterpress and for students interested in printing designs beyond hand-set type. Students are encouraged to come to class prepared with content they would like to convert to photopolymer plates and print on the letterpress—anything from line drawings to quotes to written work. Each student will come away with a finished print.

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

Header Image Credit: Drew Cornwall

Instructor: Richard Reitz Smith

Richard Reitz Smith, recently, was selected as Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College where he wrote, illustrated, printed and bound a limited-edition abecedary of alliterative haiku.

Richard received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in painting and illustration. After working for three years developing products for Crayola and Liquitex, he returned to school and earned an MFA in graphic design (Tyler School of Art- Temple University). Then started a five-year tour of universities as an art and design professor which led him to New York City where he taught at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. While doing this, he freelanced as an illustrator and graphic designer for companies like The GAP, Macy's, American Craft Museum, Metlife, Pearson Education and Scholastic. Then he took positions at Clicquot, Inc. and Clinique Cosmetics consecutively. For Clinique Cosmetics, he managed multi-million-dollar, international, seasonal product and promotional launches as the director of package design-worldwide. For Clicquot, Inc. he was a one-person art department for the wine importer/promoter of Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Bouchard and many other ultra premium wines.