The Book Arts Institute occasionally offers classes in letterpress printing. We offer general letterpress classes throughout the year or very limited private classes on a requested basis.

All private classes are $275 per person and typically last 6 hours. The fee includes basic materials and lab fee. Payment needs be received prior to scheduled class. Classes are on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and require a minimum of 4 students, unless otherwise noted. To schedule, please contact us.

Call the Museum (310-515-7166) to arrange payment 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.

Check the Events page for classes.

Vandercook Classes | Windmill Press ClassesPlaten Press Classes

Vandercook Classes

Vandercook Letterpress I: Introduction

Learn the basics of hand setting metal and wood type and printing on a Vandercook Proof Press. You’ll 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. The course is designed for the beginner interested in learning the fundamentals of letterpress printing.

Fee: $120 plus $20 materials fee = $140
Museum Member Fee: $100 plus $20 materials fee=$120
Level: Beginner, 18 years and up

Vandercook Letterpress II: Advanced

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.

Fee: $120 plus $20 materials fee = $140
Museum Member Fee: $100 plus $20 materials fee=$120
Level: Beginner-Intermediate, 18 years and up

Windmill Press Classes

Printing on a Windmill

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.

Platen Press Classes

Printing on a Platen Press I

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

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.