Summer School

The Late Summer School / 2020.10
Monday 12 – Friday 16 October 2020 /
Five-Day ‘Open House/Drop-in’ Workshop

An intense five-day course, designed to allow art directors, artists, designers, printmakers & students to work closely with wood letter & metal type, letterpress materials & printing equipment.

The Late Summer School

offers its participants a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of typography & design through the use of the traditional materials & processes used in letterpress.

The workshop is typographically driven – you will be introduced to the fundamental procedures of metal type setting & wood letter composition & through a simple series of exercises: begin to explore the possibilities of letterpress techniques & visual ideas; experiment with ink & understand the basics of printmaking paper

Over the five days you will develop, design & hand-set a series of printed pieces that explore graphic ideas & visual solutions; explore composition, hierarchy, scale & colour; examine the importance of the history of design, typography & printing in the context of the outcome. the history of the book & the poster are examined for a specific ‘unbound’ project.

Workshop Programme

Day One
10:00 – 17:00

1. Workshop introduction
2. Workshop tour

3. Measurement systems
4. Methods & organisation of work
5. Workshop practice with wood letter
6. Creative typographic exercise

Day Two
10:00 – 17:00

1. Designing with letterpress
2. Proofing Type
3. Working with the Galley Press
4. One-day project wood letter brief
5. Designing, setting & printing

Day Three
10:00 – 17:00

1. Three-day project brief
2. Research & design application
3. Workshop practice with metal type
4. Mixing Inks & Colour Theory
5. Designing & hand-setting the project

Day Four
10:00 – 17:00

1. Three-day project
2. Research & design application
3. Understanding Printmaking papers
4.Hand-setting & printing the project

Day Five
10:00 – 17:00

1. Three-day project brief
2. Research & design application
3. Understanding Printmaking papers
4. Printing the project
5. Final discussion & feedback:
(with visiting consultant)

Workshop Curriculum
The complete curriculum will be covered in
The Late Summer School
Methods & Organisation of work
workshop limitations
workshop organisation & rules
Basic elements & tools
in hand setting practice
printing types
word spacing material
composing sticks
Measurement systems
the point system
standard line
Workshop work
type cases
the lay of the double case
methods of setting
Method of proofing
building the forme
using the proofing press
cleaning materials
correction signs
correction to the metal
Printing presses
lever joint presses
platen presses: clamshell & parallel
cylinder presses
raw materials
standard & non-standard sizes
trimmed / untrimmed
paper weight (gsm)
the Pantone system
mixing ink
colour theory
key texts

The five-day workshop is £1000 per person. There are a maximum of 5 places in each workshop. This keeps the classes focused & intimate.
Full payment will secure a place. Please Pay here & select 1/2/3/5 day options. Purchase Orders can be raised & a receipt will be issued on payment.
For any questions & payment details, please email
Cancellations must be 5 days before the beginning of the workshop otherwise a heavy penalty of 50% will be retained! This might sound a little brutal & we understand that things can often change but last minute cancellations can effect the other students & the dynamic of the classes.