Letterpress Printing on the Vandercook Press

Course #3000004
Daniel Morris

A range of colors of ink will be available for use. In addition, students are expected to supply their own paper for individual projects. Paper may be purchased from Limited Paper, Legion Paper, Cranes, etc.

Recommended Reading:
General Printing, Digital Type on the Flatbed Cylinder Press

During class time students will produce a group project and self-paced individual projects. If students require additional studio time in order to complete their work during the duration of the course they may book it by paying a studio technician rate.

It is highly recommended that students attend all classes.

Class 1:
Introduction to the studio and studio safety. First demo on the Vandercook, parts of press. Students work on presses.

Class 2:
Printing with wood type demo, students setting and printing a poster/broadside.

Class 3:
Printing from photopolymer with the Boxcar base demo, talk about formatting files for photopolymer, dealing with Boxcar and Owosso + time to speak about projects.

Class 4:
Setting metal type in the composing stick, type case lays and type handling.

Class 5:
Printing from mounted linoleum and woodcuts/engravings and students begin working on individual projects.

Class 6:
Demo on die cutting using the press and die jacket, about ordering dies, continue personal projects.

Class 7:
Discussion on buying a press and places you can print. Continue personal projects.

Class 8:
About setting up your own studio, sources, continue personal projects.

Class 9 & 10:
Finish projects and distribute all type forms.

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
New York Central Art Supply—3rd Ave. between 10th and 11th Streets
Utrecht—111 East 4th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets
Pearl Paint—308 Canal Street

Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.

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