Mottos, Mantras, and Moveable Type
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras, and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, July 14 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Linoleum Carving Introduction
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving Introduction

Saturday, July 28 [10-4 PM] • $115

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagery they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included. All materials included, participants will receive their own carving tool set to take home. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Printing With Wood Type
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

Saturday, August 4 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. Come with a favorite phrase, lyric, or motto that you want to print as a poster. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Business Cards
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Business Cards

Saturday, AUGUST 18 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop covers the techniques for composing and setting metal type in order to make your own business card. In addition to gaining typesetting skills, attendees of the workshop will learn how to set up, use, and clean a tabletop platen press which can be used for a variety of other small-scale print applications. Each participant will leave with 30 printed cards. All materials included.

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Multicolor Linoleum Block Printing
Sep
15
to Sep 22

Multicolor Linoleum Block Printing

SATURDAY, September 15 & SATURDAY September 22 [10–4 PM] • $215

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop will go beyond the basics of single color block printing and cover the techniques of multicolor linoleum block printing. A multicolor print is created using several blocks of linoleum for each color run. Students will be guided through the process from preliminary drawing, making a block transfer for registration, to finished print. They will also learn about cutting tools, carving sequence and color mixing. Each student will carve and edition their own 3-color print from 6”x9” blocks. Attendees should come to the workshop prepared with a simple image or drawing they would like to work with. All materials included, participants will receive their own carving tool set to take home. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Mottos, Mantras, and Moveable Type
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras, and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, October 6 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Linoleum Carving Introduction
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving Introduction

Saturday, October 20 [10-4 PM] • $100

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagery they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included, participants will receive their own carving tool set to take home. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Holiday Cards
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Cards

Saturday, October 27 [10-4 PM] • $100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards. All Materials included.

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Linoleum Carving Introduction
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving Introduction

Saturday, May 12 [10-4 PM] • $115

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagery they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included, participants will receive their own carving tool set to take home. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Monotype and Letterpress Poster
May
5
to May 6

Monotype and Letterpress Poster

Saturday MAY 5 & SUNDAY MAY 6 [10-4 PM] • $200

Monotypes are one-of- a-kind prints created using a variety of materials including 2D objects such as textured fabric or plant leaves. Found or fabricated stencils can also be used. Various methods are used to create monotypes such as drawing and painting, and monotypes are often dubbed “painterly prints.” Day one of the workshop students will learn a variety of monotype methods and generate prints on Signal Return’s etching press. Day two students will learn to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their text onto the monotypes created in the previous class. Day one students should come prepared with any materials/images they would like to use for their monotypes. Day two students should come prepared with a phrase they would like to print! All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, April 28 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Wood Engraving with Jim Horton
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Wood Engraving with Jim Horton

Saturday APRIL 14 & SUNDAY April 15 [10-4 PM] • $225

This workshop will cover the basic techniques and materials of wood engraving, a relief printmaking technique. Wood engravings are usually created in a small, illustrative format that renders great detail and wonderful contrasting tones. Engraving is almost a meditative activity. Wood engraving is done on hard, end-grain wood blocks with special tools called gravers. If you have a drawing that you might like to use for an engraving, please bring it along, but that is optional. Drawing and transferring techniques will be covered in the class. All materials and tools will be provided. 

Instructor: Jim Horton

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Printing With Wood Type
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

Saturday, MARCH 24 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. Come with a favorite phrase, lyric, or motto that you want to print as a poster. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Business Cards
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Business Cards

Saturday, MARCH 10 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop covers the techniques for composing and setting metal type in order to make your own business card. In addition to gaining typesetting skills, attendees of the workshop will learn how to set up, use, and clean a tabletop platen press which can be used for a variety of other small-scale print applications. All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Linoleum Carving
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving

Saturday, FEBRUARY 24 [10-4 PM] • $100

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagry they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Valentines Cards
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines Cards

Saturday, FEBRUARY 10 [10-4 PM] • $100

In this one-day workshop students will be print original greeting cards for their loved ones using Signal-Return’s collection of letterpress type and ornaments. Students will learn to properly compose, lockup, register and print their greeting card on the platen presses and proof presses. Students will leave with a small collection of their own greeting cards and envelopes, ready to send. All materials included. 

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Valentines Cards
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines Cards

Saturday, Janunary 27 [10-4 PM] • $100

In this one-day workshop students will be print original greeting cards for their loved ones using Signal-Return’s collection of letterpress type and ornaments. Students will learn to properly compose, lockup, register and print their greeting card on the platen presses and proof presses. Students will leave with a small collection of their own greeting cards and envelopes, ready to send. All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, Jaunary 13 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design, and every student will receive a folio holding a complete suite of the prints created during this whirlwind workshop. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Little Gifts for Big Procrastinators
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Little Gifts for Big Procrastinators

SATURDAY, December 16 [10–4 PM]
$120

Create a suite of small gifts and unique packaging in this whirlwind workshop! Participants can choose from hand-sewn blank booklets/journals, personalized bookplates, small 8” x 10” prints from our collection of large wood type, gift tags, and wrapping paper. All materials included.

Instructor: Lee Marchalonis is Signal-Return’s printer-in-residence. Lee has degrees in printmaking and book arts and has taught at Parsons the New School and the Center for Book Arts in New York and Pyramid Atlantic in Maryland. She has printed professionally at Yee-Haw Industries in Knoxville and at the Kala Institute in Berkeley.

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!

Sunday, December 3 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

In this class, students will collaboratively design and individually handprint a unique Matchy Matchy memory game. We will choose our images from precarved linoleum blocks in the Signal-Return collection and print them on the proofing presses together. Everyone goes home with a deck of their own featuring five pairs! 

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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Simple Books for Artists with Mindy Dubansky of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Simple Books for Artists with Mindy Dubansky of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 [10–4 PM]
$125

Here is your chance to spend the day learning from Mindell Dubansky, head of book conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! This one-day hands-on workshop has been developed for visual artists and others who are interested in making books and boxes for presenting their work and collections. Several structures will be made and demonstrated—selected for their simplicity, beauty and ability to support, protect and showcase added artwork or documents. The key feature of these album-like books is their ability to accommodate added materials. These structures, developed by Ms. Dubansky and others, are not published so you will not find them in books, all the more reason to join the workshop! Both soft and hard-bound albums will be shown, some with single sheets others with matted pages. Students will learn how to make a simple hard or soft-bound slipcase. In only one day, you might not finish all of the books shown, but the completion of one book, one slipcase, instructional handouts and lots of ideas to follow up on are guaranteed. Bookbinding experience is useful but not necessary. All materials included.

Instructor: Artist and bookbinder, Mindell Dubansky, is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation, Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is author of numerous book arts related publications, including Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t, Book Objects from the Collection of Mindell Dubansky, published in 2016. To know more about Ms. Dubansky, visit her blogs About Blooks and Alice C. Morse, Designer 1863-1961, or let her show you her collection in A Celebration of Fake Books, from the TV program CBS Sunday Morning, filmed at her Grolier Club exhibition.

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!

Sunday, November 5 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

In this class, students will collaboratively design and individually handprint a unique Matchy Matchy memory game. We will choose our images from precarved linoleum blocks in the Signal-Return collection and print them on the proofing presses together. Everyone goes home with a deck of their own featuring five pairs! 

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, November 4, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: SQUAD GOALS
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: SQUAD GOALS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

Using wood type, students will collaboratively produce a roughly 11"x17" broadside with words inspired by our hopes for the future, which we’ll playfully call squad goals.  Each student will ink and print three of their own squad goal broadsides to keep or to share with friends and family.  

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Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Youth Workshop: Reader's Kits
Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Reader's Kits

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

Using wood type and original mark making, students will get to print a personal set of bookmarks, bookplates and notebooks in celebration of the new school year.  A great class for kids who love to read and take notes as well as those who would appreciate encouragement in that direction!

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Laptop to Letterpress
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Laptop to Letterpress

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 [6–9 PM] + SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 [10–4PM]
$180 (TOTAL FOR BOTH SESSIONS) + COST OF PLATE (APPROX. $35)

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to take an idea from digital design to letterpress print.  In the first session you will learn how to prepare your digital file for plate production. In the second session you will learn how to print your type-high plate. Instruction will include inking and printing the plate and you will leave with a small edition of your work.

NOTE: Student is responsible for cost of plate, approx. $35.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus is an artist and a designer, as well as the Shop Tech at Signal-Return, He graduated in 2010 from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in Illustration

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Islamic-world Papermaking
Sep
2
to Sep 4

Islamic-world Papermaking

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 [10-4 PM] $100, includes materials

In this workshop, participants will learn about Islamic-world papermaking, and its role in the history of papermaking. The day will be spent with everyone learning the technique of making paper and using it to make their own Islamic-world paper. Simple surface finishing techniques such as brush dyeing, sizing and burnishing will be discussed and examples of traditionally made paper will be shown.

Instructor Bio: Radha Pandey is a graduate with an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, and Bookbinding with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques taught by Timothy Barrett. In 2012-14 she traveled to investigate Islamic world papermaking techniques in India, and has since undertaken her own research on the essential tools of Islamic papermaking. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University.

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Business Cards
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Business Cards

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 [10-4 PM] $100

This workshop covers the techniques for composing and setting metal type in order to make your own business card. In addition to gaining typesetting skills, attendees of the workshop will learn how to set up, use, and clean a tabletop platen press which can be used for a variety of other small-scale print applications. All materials included. 

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Printing With Wood Type
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 [10-4 PM] $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. All materials included. 

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, JULY 29 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Reduction Woodcut with Nancy Loeber
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Reduction Woodcut with Nancy Loeber

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 22—23 [10-4 PM] $200

This workshop will be an introduction to the technique of reduction woodblock printing. In reduction printing, a multi-color print is created using only one block by cutting away more and more of the block in-between each color run. Students will be guided through the process, from preliminary drawing to finished print while learning about cutting tools, carving sequence and color mixing. Each student will carve and edition their own print.

**Cost includes ink, paper, wood, but participants must purchase their own carving tools. Nancy recommends Shinwa Power Grip Carving Tools, Seven Piece Set**

Instructor Bio: Nancy Loeber is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught at the Center for Book Arts, Pratt University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Penland School of Craft and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She was a resident artist in the Maine Media Book Arts Studio in Fall 2016.nancyloeber.com

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Youth Workshop: Young Artists' Books
Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Young Artists' Books

TUESDAY, JULY 18 [1-3 PM] $25
AGES 7-18

Join us in creating a one of a kind book in this summer workshop. Students will learn two simple bookmaking techniques: creating a book from a single sheet of paper and the pamphlet stitch. Text can be added to our books using typewriters. Image making techniques will be introduced including printing textures from found objects such as bubble wrap, leaves and string.

Instructors: Laura Beyer and Ronica Bhattacharya

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