Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking. When combined with the versatility of a Vandercook press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of letterpress 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.

Artist’s Talk Details

  • This artist’s talk is free and open to the public (workshop registration is not required)
  • As seating is limited we require registration for this event
  • There are two separate registrations for this artist’s talk and the Saturday/Sunday workshop
  • Two-day workshop participants are welcome to attend but are not required to do so

This Artist’s Talk will followed by a two-day Pressure Printing Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 & 21, 2024.

About the Instructor

Aaron Cohick is a letterpress printer/artist/publisher based in Louisville, KY. His work focuses on the intersection of text, image, community, and collaboration. He is the founder and proprietor of the NewLights Press, and from 2010 – 2023 was also the Printer of The Press at Colorado College. Aaron’s work is held in public and private collections all over the world, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Library, the National Library of Australia, Yale University, the Newberry Library, and the Tate Britain Library. He has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Bemis School of Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Naropa University, and the Penland School of Crafts.

About the Pressure Printing Two-Day Workshop

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of collagraph and pressure printing and then quickly move on to experiment with making multi-color prints with easy and accurate registration and painterly approaches to color. 

Our COVID Vaccination and Masking Policy for this Workshop:

  • It is the Virginia Center for the Book’s expectation that all program participants are vaccinated.
  • Evolving CDC and UVA COVID guidelines may require that participants be masked if working close to others. (bring your masks)
  • Should public health guidelines change, and new norms be applicable, we reserve the right to revisit the expectations in the interest of participant health and safety.

Major funding for the Artist’s Talk and Workshop is provided by the Josef and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.
Our Cornell support allows for “needs-based registration fee assistance” for a limited number of workshop participants.
Contact to apply.

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