BAI Classes

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The Book Arts Institute offers classes in letterpress printing and book arts. As our facility is undergoing changes during 2014, we are only offering private classes on a requested basis. You can request a class at any time and we will coordinate a time and schedule with you. For more information about scheduling a class, please email Gary Marc Remson, BAI Coordinator, or click on the word “register” under the class you wish to register for. We can be reached directly at 310-515-7166.

All private classes are $275 per person and typically last 6 hours. The fee includes basic materials and lab fee. Payment must be received at time of registration. Please use the PayPal button below to pay for the class or call the Museum (310-515-7166) to arrange other payments methods (check or charge card).



Cancellation Policy: Please note that if you cancel 14 days or more before your class/workshop, you will receive a credit that must be used within 90 days from the date of cancellation. If your class/workshop is canceled by the Book Arts Institute you will get a full refund. If you cancel less than 14 days before the class/workshop and we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list, you will receive a credit (less $25 administrative fee) that must be used within 90 days of your cancellation. If we are unable to fill the spot no refund or credit will be issued.

Vandercook Classes
Windmill Press Classes
Platen Press Classes

*All classes are on a Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and required a minimum of 4 students, unless otherwise noted.

Please be sure to check frequently for new classes being added.

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VANDERCOOK CLASSES

Vandercook Letterpress I: Introduction

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Learn the basics of hand setting metal and wood type and printing on a Vandercook Proof Press. You will have the opportunity to use some of the Museum’s amazing collection of vintage images and type to create two projects a small personal broadside and a group poster. This course is designed for the beginner interested in learning the fundamentals of letterpress printing.

Vandercook Letterpress II: Advanced

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Expand your skills on a Vandercook proof press by working on more advanced projects that cover complex registration, multiple layers, press adjustments; and problem-solving techniques. In addition to working with handset type and vintage cuts, we will look at contemporary letterpress design and work with photo-polymer plates. Through problem-solving techniques, this class will train your “printer’s eye” in order to achieve beautiful, high quality letterpress goods. Students will leave with a set of bookplates and stationery set.

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WINDMILL PRESS CLASSES

Printing on a Windmill

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Spend the day learning to operate the fastest, most productive, and most complicated of all platen
presses —The Heidelberg Windmill. You’ll learn everything from oiling the press to setting up for a run and printing your cards. You will be taught by industrial trained professionals with years of experience.

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PLATEN PRESS CLASSES

Printing on a Platen Press I

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Learn the basics of operating a floor model platen press. From locking up your form to simple press adjustments, you will learn ways of correcting for all the mishaps that can occur as you move through the process on the way to your final project run.

Printing on a Platen Press II

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After learning all about platen press printing in “Printing on a Platen Press I” you will find that there is a lot more to operating a platen press. In this class you will be shown how to correct for type that is not type high, easy techniques for multi-color registration jobs, what exactly is a work-and-turn or work-and-tumble, and other techniques to make your next letterpress project the talk of the printing world.

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Meet Our Instructors . . .

madeleineLetterpress printing has captivated Madeleine Zygarewicz for over 12 years, cranking presses throughout the country and abroad. She received her BA in Book Arts at Mills College in 2000. Shortly after, she had a residency at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany to print a collaborative artist book, Body of Text. Her work can be found in special collections around the country and has been exhibited internationally. Inspired by the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, she established her imprint Panorama Press, offering a wide survey of printed matter ranging from greeting cards, posters, invitations as well as limited edition prints and artist books. Her days at the print shop include feverishly hand cranking, boning, scoring and stuffing letterpress printed matter while her Jack Russell Terrier naps in the sun. She is also a letterpress printer at Two Piglets and an art teacher at Oakwood School.

 

gary_with_cpGary Marc Remson started with an exploratory class in junior high school that infected him with the printing “bug.” He took all the printing classes he could through junior high and high school and ended up with a Bachelors in Industrial Studies. His intention was to teach Graphic Arts in the LA Unified School District. Gary learned from Dr. Richard Hoffman that there are two halves to creating a printed piece: designing and the printing of a book or broadside. Gary chose to concentrate on the printing side.