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Introduction to Letterpress Printing


Taylor Hall
Adjacent to Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave. (map)


This two-day workshop will explore the fundamentals of typography and letterpress printing. The first day will cover the basics of composition and setting metal type by hand. The second day will be spent printing a collaborative, multiple color type specimen broadside. The Press at Colorado College, founded by Jim Trissel in 1978, is a fine press dedicated to the art of making limited edition books and broadsides. Under Trissel's guidance, The Press became one of the finest letterpress studios in the country, producing beautiful books on a variety of subjects, from “Color for the Letterpress,” to “Twelve Mammal Skulls,” and “Silence.” The number of participants for this class is limited to 10. Aaron Cohick has been the printer at The Press at Colorado College since 2010. He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. Before coming to Colorado College, he worked as a commercial letterpress printer in San Francisco and taught at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Cohick is also proprietor of NewLights Press, an independent publisher of experimental literature and artists’ books. Register for this class through the website at or by calling 719-389-6939.

Introduction to Letterpress Printing
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee:
    • $120 general public
    • $120 for students
    • $120 with a CC ID
  • Tickets: Register through the Enrich Your Life! website or by calling 719-389-6939
  • Sponsored By: The Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts
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