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Our Next Block Night is on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Join us for Block Night on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 PM at the Center. Membership is not necessary for Block Night! Everyone interested in the arts and crafts of book/printmaking are welcome to attend.

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Letterpress Core Skills: Summer Session 2024

Explore the art and craft of typesetting and letterpress printing in the Center’s Pressroom which features Vandercook cylinder letterpresses and the largest publicly accessible collection of movable type in the mid-Atlantic region. We’ll have multiple small assignments/projects demonstrating metal type, lino & wood block, polymer, and multi-color printing.

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Festival Friday: Book Arts Demonstrations at the Omni Hotel

In conjunction with the 2024 Festival of the Book, our Center for the Book, Book Arts members, will be on hand at the Omni Hotel for the “Festival Friday” Celebration.

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Festival of the Book Event: Pangrams w/Josef Beery

Attend the 2024 Virginia Book Festival’s “Last Gasp” at Blue Whale Book Store Invent your own and print on the BookBeetle tabletop letterpress with printmaker Josef Beery and his amazing BookBlossom wood type!

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Artist’s Talk: Aaron Cohick Explores Collagraph and Pressure Printing

During this artist’s presentation, Aaron Cohick will discuss his work illustrated with projected images and actual pieces. After that, he’ll demonstrate collagraph and pressure printing and introduce the basic concepts of the next day’s workshop.

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Collagraph and Pressure Printing w/Aaron Cohick

Learn this unique printing technique during our Artist’s Talk followed by a two-day workshop. Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking. When they are combined with the versatility of a Vandercook press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of letterpress printing.

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Introduction to Linocut w/Lana Lambert

Gateway drug to the world of printmaking, linocut offers an accessible entry point for the novice and yet, can still be manipulated with great skill and depth by the old salt printer. Come and learn the potential of this workhorse material. Students will create a veritable Rosetta Stone of linocut techniques that they can keep in their studio to use as a reference as they develop their own preferred block carving style.

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Book Building for Kids: The Alphabestiary

Workshop on Saturday – November 18, 2023 Join book artist Josef Beery for a fun session of printing on a BookBeetle Press and hand binding with paste and scissors to create a unique artists’ book of beasts—an Alphabestiary! The class is intended for students in grades 2, 3, and 4. Each student will leave with their own copy of the Alphabestiary.

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2023 Holiday Card Workshop

Join us for an introduction to letterpress as you make 15 simple holiday greeting cards from our movable type. Come with an idea for no more than 20 words, look through our dingbats, or select a preprinted image to create your design. You’ll experience the basics of type composition, get help printing on the press, and leave with the cards you can put to immediate use.

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Techniques in Linocut with Lana Lambert

Gateway drug to the world of printmaking, linocut offers an accessible entry point for the novice and yet, can still be manipulated with great skill and depth by the old salt printer. Come and learn the potential of this workhorse material. Students will create a veritable Rosetta Stone of linocut techniques that they can keep in their studio to use as a reference as they develop their own preferred block carving style.

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AMOS – Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. – Printer & Agitator

A Talk, Exhibit, and Reception AMOS – Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. – Printer & Agitator 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 24, 2023 at the Virginia Center for the Book

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