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Intro to Letterpress: Setting Type

  • 10000

Get to know your way around the California job case with this intro letterpress class. 

  • Saturdays, July 27 + Aug 3, 10-1pm

You will leave this class with a working knowledge of how to set type, to lock type in the chase, wood type and lead type, best practices and troubleshooting, press operation including: inking the press, pressure and roller height adjusting, registration, feeding paper through the press and cleaning the press.

Class 1: Overview to typesetting from basics concepts to technical terms

Class 2: Press set up and day of printing. The second class will focus on printing and troubleshooting on the press. Students will get to print the type they set during the previous class.

Instructor: Jacques Bidon

Jacques Bidon is a commercial printer who left the cutthroat world of deadlines and designers to work with artists sharing his love of offset printing. Jacque believes in the power of printing to change just about anything. Have a project that you want to see happen? Jacques is the guy with a career of commercial printing to draw upon for solutions.

Supplies and Resources

Paperworks is an excellent source for letterpress paper / Pawtucket at 544 West Ave

Jerry's Art-A-Rama - paper also suitable for letterpress printing / Providence at 653 North Main Street  

RISD Store - Paper for letterpress printing / Providence at 30 North Main Street

Materials and Supplies We Provide:

  • Pocket Rulers
  • Rags and cleaning supplies
  • Ink knives, ink mixing implements
  • The price of the workshop includes  ink, and cleaning materials

What to Bring to Class:

  • Drawing tools
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Paper is not included, so please bring some with you to each class.

The size of your paper should be in the range of 8.5"x 11" to 11"x 17". We Encourage you to try out different types of paper, such as 100% cotton (traditionally used for letterpress) and a regular cardstock and paper.

Prerequisites: Intro to Letterpress  / Participants must attend ALL TWO letterpress classes in order to be certified to use the letterpress at AS220 Industries.

Follow Up Classes

  • Skill Builder:  Letterpress Post-Production
  • Advanced: Graphic Letterpress

Location and Parking

The AS220 Printshop is located in the Mercantile building at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island, on the 1st and 2nd floors. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies

Please be respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you what you signed up for. Plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking. 
To cancel your reservation, you must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.


If the minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible.

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