Our letterpress workshops come in a range of options. You can go old school as the kids were saying ten years ago, and work with linoleum, use those in our collection, or design and print posters with wood and metal type.
We’ve also combined the old (moveable type and linoleum) and the new (polymer) in a few of our classes.Top 3 Letterpress Workshops:
L etterpress 101 is our most popular workshop. we take you from the computer, to the platemaker, to the press. You will learn best practices in designing for photopolymer, how to make your own plates, and how to operate our Vandercook presses. Once you have completed this workshop, you are ready to rent time in our studio.
Posters That Rock
Chicago has a GREAT live music scene. And a lot of terrific local artists are making the posters you’ve seen for your favorite shows at the Abbey Pub, FitzGerald’s, the Hideout, Lincoln Hall, the Old Town School, Schubas, and other small venues. Have you heard of Hatch Show Print? Do you like those old posters that used wood type? Maybe you’re just tired of using your computer or silk screening techniques to make your limited edition posters? Join the fun and make editioned posters of your own!
Broadsides for Poets
If you’ve been yearning to transform your poetry into posters, we have the class for you! In Broadsides for Poets, you will create a two-color 11 x 17 inch broadside featuring a poem of your choosing (or writing) paired with images from the studio’s collection of old-fashioned cuts and linoleum blocks. In addition to exploring the basics of broadside layout, you will be setting metal and wood type, using photopolymer plates, mixing ink and printing on the studio’s Vandercook proof presses. No previous experience is necessary.
Book & Paper Arts
Our past bookbinding workshops have included a variety of techniques like pop-up books, non-adhesive binding, crossed structure binding, coptic bindings with wood covers, and a creative writing and bookbinding workshop for teachers.
We also offer an eight week basic bookbinding class that covers everything from a single sheet structure to a multi-signature hard bound book.Top 3 Book Arts Workshops:
Coptic Stitch with Screen Printed Cover
The first Coptic bindings were sewn eighteen centuries ago, and fascinating though they may be, they did not have artwork image transferred on the covers. That much I know. In this class you will learn this ancient structure, sew on boards, and decorate your cover with an image. Come learn this versatile binding structure and decorative technique. In just six hours you’ll create your own incredible Coptic book.
In Bookbinding I, we will start with one piece of paper to create a book. From there, we will move to several kinds of multiple signature blank books, which we will case in hard covers. Real books! Made by hand! In addition, we’ll talk about adhesives, bookcloth, papers, folding, sewing, endsheets, endbands, gutters and all kinds of good stuff that bookbinders know.
This one-day, information-packed workshop is intended for both beginning papermakers and for people who have experience in papermaking, who do not now have ready access to formal papermaking facilities.
Melissa Jay Craig has been making paper on residencies and in other situations not specially equipped for papermaking for the past eleven years. She will share her expertise on everything from storing and re-hydrating pulp, to sheet-forming without a vat or press, to building (and adapting) your own low-cost equipment for setting up a home studio, and we’ll make a few sheets, too.
Create Your Own
We know. You’re busy. So busy you might not be able to attend one of our regularly scheduled workshops. So busy you may not be able to regularly see your friends. Well, we can help you with both of those issues. You bring us four people, and we’ll tailor a workshop to meet your needs.
We can work with you to schedule a multi-hour, or multi-day event that can energize your design team, or make a thoughtful gift for your bridal party. Our current workshop offerings are on our website, evanstonprint.net, or call us at (847) 475-7674, and we’ll come up with something you can all enjoy.