Letterpress Printmaking (Foundation | EXTRA)

1. Overview

Letterpress is unique and different from standard printing formats that we are currently used to.

Utilising traditional printing craft and skills and using antique and vintage presses, students will be able to print their own posters, signs and other ephemera, all displaying the uniquely tactile qualities unique to Letterpress printing.

2. What you will study

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.

A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.

Letterpress has recently had a rebirth in popularity because of the “allure of hand-set type” and the differences today between traditional Letterpress and computerized printed text.

Letterpress commonly features a relief impression of the type (although this was considered bad printing in traditional letterpress) to denote that piece of work has been produced using Letterpress.

Gray's School of Art's Letterpress collection consist of Woodletter or Poster Type – used to print posters and larger advertisements. We have a range of typefaces, some hand cut.

3. Entry Requirements

Suitable for students with no previous printmaking experience.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £75 (includes all printing materials).

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Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Print workshop facilities, a variety of letterpress types, rollers and pallet knives will be provided as will paper, ink and newsprint.

Students are advised to wear old clothing and an apron.

All health and safety issues regarding the workshops are covered in the induction and COSHH information regarding specific substances used is available.

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Start Date

Saturday 23 Jun 2018

Course Length

One day (6 hours)
10:00am - 4:00pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/EXTRA

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