Letterpress Printing from Metal, Wood, and Photopolymer (PRI4697.01)

Thorsten Dennerline
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In this intermediate level course, we will focus on learning letterpress printing within a framework of making visual art. This can be a precision process and it affords a huge range of possibilities for artists who wish to work with multiples and/or use text in their work. It is a rigorous course and each student will develop and design print projects that develop both their technical and conceptual skills. Reading will be assigned each week to expand on knowledge and give context for projects. By the end of term, participants should have the skills needed to make work in the Word and Image Lab, and a broader understanding of the history of printing and its relation to contemporary art practice.

Processes that will be covered include, press work on letterpress proofing machines, setting and printing metal type, printing type high wood blocks, and photopolymer letterpress.

Related topics that will be covered include the history of printing and letterforms, Typography, Book Design.

Registration: Interested students should send one visual sample and/or a writing sample to: tdennerline@bennington.edu with subject: Letterpress Registration Work Sample. Registration for this course will happen during office hours, beginning on Thursday, May 18 from 10:30am – 11:45am, and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:45am in VAPA D101.

Prerequisites: Completed coursework in Visual Arts and/or Literature at Bennington College.
Credits: 4
W 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 14
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Four Credit, Printmaking, Thorsten Dennerline, Wednesday Afternoons.