Letterpress Workshop at Timothy Christian High School

Every year Timothy Christian High School runs an excellent event that features several different art and design workshops for high school students in the area to attend. This year, my colleague, Jeff Carl, and myself were asked to teach two of the workshops. Jeff taught a 2 hour session on figure drawing and I taught a 2 hour session on letterpress. From Judson University to Timothy Christian I instilled the help of several very strong men to move the cast iron Poco Proofing Press from Judson to Jeff's car, from Jeff's car to Timothy Christian and back again. Bless them. It was a struggle, but we did it! The high school students learned basic skills and rules on the letterpress and again using techniques from Lead Graffiti's letterpress workshops students created abstract compositions and greeting cards on the letterpress for the first time. 

Students choosing the perfect letterform for their compositions. 

Students choosing the perfect letterform for their compositions. 

Student rolling a print using the unique letterpress technique from Lead Graffiti. Using the type upside down allows for quick letterpress workshops with no lockups and free form compositions. 

Student rolling a print using the unique letterpress technique from Lead Graffiti. Using the type upside down allows for quick letterpress workshops with no lockups and free form compositions. 

Student work drying from the workshop. 

Student work drying from the workshop.