Join us for a creative, hands-on letterpress course at Cambridge School of Art this summer. Explore the principles of composition in metal and wood type, proofing and printing in our dedicated workshop, and develop practical projects of your own choice.
Based in the printmaking workshops of Cambridge School of Art, our Letterpress course will take place over five days: four days of teaching and a further day of open access.
During the course, you'll have access to our Farley proofing press, and Swiss FAG press and Albion presses for printing.
Materials will be supplied, including all inks and a basic range of papers. Further specialist papers can be obtained from local suppliers.
If you'd like to incorporate your own relief print alongside letterpress type, you're welcome to bring your own linocut, woodcut or photopolymer blocks and plates (these should be mounted to type height).
Classes will be taught by letterpress printmaker Elizabeth Fraser MA. There'll also be a lecture on the role of letterpress in contemporary design by typography specialist Will Hill, author of The Complete Typographer.
The letterpress workshop is adjacent to Cambridge School of Art's printmaking studio. It features:
You can see images of our printmaking workshop on our facilities page.
We'll be taking a typographic tour of Cambridge, following an annotated map detailing key examples of lettering across the city. There will also be evening screenings of two documentaries, The Linotype Movie and Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century.
Cambridge is a historic university town, 50 minutes from London by train. Rich in cultural resources and visual stimulus, it offers an inspiring creative environment.
If you have an interest in letterpress printing, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out. No previous experience is required.
July 2018 (exact dates TBC).
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Accommodation and living expenses are not included in the course fee.
We can arrange accommodation in Cambridge through our Residential Service team. Alternatively, Cambridge University has rooms available during the summer. These can be booked through University Rooms.
There are also several budget hotels within easy walking distance of Cambridge School of Art.
£416 per student for group of six or £625 per student for a group of four.
Please note that accommodation and living costs are not included in the course fee. See 'Where you'll study' for information about places to stay in Cambridge.
Email our Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences to register your interest in this course.
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