Exploring Letterpress

Print & Book Arts

Exploring Letterpress


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 9/23/2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 9/23/2023


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Class, No Prerequisite

Print & Book Arts Studio



Join us for a non-technical exploration of letterpress. If you’ve ever been curious about whether this kind of printmaking is for you, here’s an easy way to find out. BARN has the equipment; all you’ll need to bring is your creativity. This introduction will expose you to the simplest form of relief printing: ink, paper, and the workings of a basic press. By the end of the session—through collaboration and individual expression— you’ll have an assortment of colorful prints to take home.


  • Registration closes Sept 20.
  • Bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
  • A$5 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials you'll need (except for the poem or prose you need to bring).

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Ellie Mathews

Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann have been letterpress printers for over 40 years, and have taught a variety of workshops at the School of Visual Concepts, Partners in Print, and BARN, including introduction to letterpress, photo manipulation for letterpress, DIY photopolymer techniques, broadside design, and typography. They are partners in The North Press in Port Townsend, where they specialize in poetry broadside design and production.

Carl Youngmann

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