Cococello is Deb Pang Davis. Independent print and digital designer, educator and soon-to-be-author.


Looking for a Letterpress Class in Portland or Seattle?

About this time last year, I was obsessed with finding a table top letterpress and finding a class in order to learn how to use it. Fortune allowed me to find both.

Priorities though, have changed and I still have the "Letterpress Classes" folder of bookmarks and thought I would share them with those of you looking for a class in the Pacific Northwest.


Independent Resource Center
The number of letterpress printing classes the IPRC offers seems to have increased. As of this writing, there is an "Intro to Letterpress" being taught by Philip Cheaney on January 19th.

Membership is usually required for IPRC letterpress classes as well as an orientation that takes place every second Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. This is a great way to learn letterpress without major cost.

Oregon College of Arts & Crafts
If memory serves, OCAC offers letterpress printing classes in succession. Beginning letterpress starts in the Fall term and continues through Winter and I think, Spring. Classes are usually taught by Diane Jacobs and Inge Bruggeman.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
PNCA offers letterpress classes through their Continuing Education program. Check back often since classes in letterpress printing are not offered every term.

Oblation Papers and Press
Oblation recently started offering workshops and for February 2008 they have some fun classes lined up. The Pearl location has several floor-model presses and sometimes if timed just right, the wonderful beat of printing will accompany your visit.


The Experimental College
I took this class last February (2007) with Bonnie Thompson Norman, the owner of Windowpane Press. She teaches a small and lively class at her studio. Bonnie also teaches bookbinding so there is a chance that students will learn bookbinding techniques in addition to learning how to print on a C&P and/or a Vandercook.

Seattle Book Arts

School of Visual Concepts
This school has a wide selection of classes: software, marketing, copywriting, blogging, letterpress printing, and more. In their current schedule they offer four different letterpress printing classes.

Other excellent sources for classes are i love letterpress and Briar Press.

Please feel free to add to the list.

Hope this helps and happy printing!

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