We have reconfigured this program to include an Artist’s Talk followed by a Two-Day Workshop

Artist’s Presentation (free to the public) – 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024

Pressure Printing Workshop (fees apply) – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 2024

*** Registration fee assistance is available for this class (see details below) ***

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.

About the Two-Day Workshop

In this workshop, you 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. Each student will make at least one 3-color print, using either pressure printing or collagraph. As time allows participants can start on a second project.

During this workshop, we’ll cover
  • Materials
  • How to make blocks and prints for pressure printing and collagraph
  • Setting up the Vandercook, including how to get blocks to type high
  • Printing, color, and registration techniques
  • Cleanup
  • Using letterpress type and digital fabrication tools to make blocks/plates (time permitting)
Workshop Details
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 2024 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Instructor: Aaron Cohick
  • Class Size: Limited to eight/ten students
  • Skill level: Previous letterpress experience helpful but required
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee for Two Day Workshop: $225 VCB Members / $265 Non-Members
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration
  • The workshop fee includes the cost of all materials
  • Tools will be available for in-class use.
  • Registration closes on April 12, 2024
  • For additional course information and information about the Center and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu
About the Artist’s Talk – 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024

During this artist’s presentation, Aaron Cohick will briefly 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.

  • 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
  • Workshop participants are welcome to attend but are not required to do so
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.

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 participants.
Contact gsqueen@virginia.edu to apply.

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