September to December 2013 Workshops

(New Dates added for 2014)

Note: Workshops for 2014 will be taught by Kozo Studio's assistant printer, Al Kwon. He took a workshop several years ago and has been coming in to help at the studio ever since. He also works at Don Black Linecasting and is an occasional job printer.

Introduction to Letterpress

This workshop is a basic introduction to letterpress printing. Participants will get an overview of the different types of presses used for letterpress printing and dabble in the craft of letterpress printing. We will use vintage metal and wood type and vintage cuts (images) from my collection to create a simple form (a phrase, short quote, etc.). You will then be guided in printing your form on either a flatbed press or a platen press.

This workshop is great if you are curious about letterpress or are not sure if getting really into letterpress printing is for you!

*max 4 participants

Fee: $ 90 + $11.70 HST
Sun. Jan. 26th, 1 pm - 5 pm CANCELLED
Sun. Feb. 23rd, 1 pm - 5 pm CANCELLED
Sun. Mar. 30th, 1 pm - 5 pm

The ABC's of Letterpress

**Successful completion of this workshop is a pre-requisite to rent press time at KOZO Studio**

This 7 week class is for those who want to learn more about letterpress printing and gain experience using the different types of letterpress presses. This class is great if you are thinking of buying a press as well. 
Throughout the workshop you will learn about the basic operating and upkeep of the presses, which press for which job, as well learning how to troubleshoot printing problems. 
Participants will complete 3 projects in small editions.

First Project: a one colour broadside using vintage wood type on a flatbed press (the Vandercook SP15).
Second Project: a two colour project using foundry type (loose metal type) and cuts (images) on the platen press. 
Final Project: an experimental two to three colour project with the possibility of using photopolymer plates printed on any combination of the presses. 

*max 4 participants 

Fee: $295 + $38.35 HST
Winter: Thursday evenings from Jan. 30th to Mar. 13th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm CANCELLED
Thursday evenings from Feb. 20th to Apr. 3rd, 6:30 - 9:30 pm Dates TBD; will be based on interest
Summer/Fall: TBA

Workshop Registration:

A deposit of 50% of the workshop cost (before 13% HST) is required to hold and guarantee a space in the workshop. 

Payment may be made by cash, check, debit, Visa and MC. 

Fridays and Saturdays between 2 and 6 pm the studio is open if you wish to pay your deposit in person. Checks must be made out to Akemi Nishidera and mailed to KOZO Studio/Gallery. If you wish to pay by credit card you may either telephone or e-mail Akemi.

If you would like to book a private workshop for 1 to 6 people please contact Akemi.

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Tel: 416-214-1882