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Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LetterpressIn this two-day workshop we 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 stunningly beautiful books on a variety of subjects, from “Color for the Letterpress,” to “Twelve Mammal Skulls,” and “Silence.”

Students at The Press learn to design books and broadsides, make polymer plates from photographs, set type, print on the letterpress, and bind books. The Press also creates "keepsake" broadsides and books for events connected to visiting writers and lecturers, including work by figures like Seamus Heaney, Richard Wilbur, Billy Collins, David Quammen, and Darren Wershler.

The number of participants for this class is limited to 10.

Aaron Cohick

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.