Introduction to Letterpress with Polymer Plates

Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on class. Introductory letterpress skills and terminology will be explored by taking students through the basics of how to use a Vandercook press, including set up, registration, and clean up. This class will focus on photopolymer plates to create a wide range of image possibilities including, but not limited to, type. Students will work in MCAD's expansive state-of-the-art printshop to create a variety of prints throughout the run of the class. Please note that metal and wood type will not be used in this class. Papermaking for Letterpress is another course being offered this spring. Students who enroll in both Papermaking for Letterpress and Letterpress with Polymer Plates will receive a package deal. / Materials fee of $30 and facilities fee of $50 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; drawings and ideas for prints. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity. Close-toed shoes required. Long hair should be tied back. Avoid loose clothing and jewelry.

Please Register Before: February 26
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
Class Savings
Register on or before January 18 and save $25 off your order total.
Register for this Introduction to Letterpress class and you are eligible for a discounted price of $40 for the Papermaking for Letterpress class! Please call 612.874.3765 to take advantage of this offer.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Course Details

PT 9330 SP19
Date Start: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Date End: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 405 (Printshop)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above
Days of Week: 
Print, Paper, Bookmaking
Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.