Letterpress Printing and Typography (PRI4117.01)

Thorsten Dennerline

In this intermediate-advanced level course, we will study Letterpress printing and Typographic design 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.

Complexity and refinement are themes that emerge easily but we will also experiment and play. 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, Digital Typographic Design.

Learning Outcomes:
Some possible outcomes:
- designing projects
- making and reading 2D images and visual language
- setting type, use of the presses, safety, practices etc
- critical thinking
- some history
- Community Building

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and passing 2000-level course work in print course at Bennington College.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Printmaking