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Dubuque Book Arts Spring Classes 2009

by Peter Fraterdeus last modified 2009-03-25 02:11
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  • Calligraphy Workshop Saturdays 1:30-4:30; May 9, 16 (skip May 23, 30) June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Intro to Letterpress 10-5; Saturday, Sunday, April 18, 19
  • Intro to Letterpress 10-5; Saturday, Sunday, May 23, 24


Sign up through Dubuque Art Center!

We are very pleased to be offering our inaugural classes through a special association with the new Dubuque Art Center.

Please see the website for registration details!


Calligraphy Workshop

All levels

Six Sessions $180 or $40/session

This ongoing workshop will give beginners a firm step up on the path towards mastering the elements of calligraphy and italic handwriting. More advanced students will have opportunites for design critique on their own projects and lessons  alternating between skill development, and creative playful experiments with letters.

Calligraphy Workshop

With positive response, the Workshop will continue for ongoing six week sessions. Students are encouraged to return!
Good for calligraphers, book artists, scrapbookers, designers, anyone! Young people over 12 years welcome.

Intro to Letterpress

Saturday/Sunday 10-5 $170 includes materials

limited to six students, 17 and older or by special arrangement.

Learn the basics of printing posters with 19th C wood type in the flat-bed Vandercook Cylinder Proof Press.

The Vandercook Cylinder Proof  press is the most widely used for boutique presses, with hundreds or thousands of small presses flourishing in North America since the 1990s in the "Renaissance of Letterpress".  Now highly desired for wedding stationery and other special materials both personal and corporate, letterpress provides relief (literally!) from the flat shiny high-tech printing of copiers and commercial lithography. It's not quick print, it's SlowPrint, and it's "High Touch" not high-tech!

These two day workshops (students are welcome and encouraged to attend both session) will cover the use of the press, printing technique, typography and design strategies using the large collection of 19th Century wood types in the Slow Print Studio collection.

Liability waiver required.

This class is required for anyone interested in using the community press at Peter's "SlowPrint™" Studio.

The studio equipment is available by appointment for projects on a per diem and press rental basis.

More details will be forthcoming!


About Dubuque Book Arts at SlowPrint™ Studio

Dubuque Book Arts is an educational program of Galena Design Center, Inc. in collaboration with Peter Fraterdeus of and Dubuque Art Center.
We hold workshops and classes at Peter's SlowPrint Studio on East 9th Street in Dubuque's Historic Warehouse District.
With seven (or is it eight) antique (1890s) and 'modern' (1930s-1950s) letterpress in the studio, we've got more high-touch printing in one place than anywhere between Madison and Iowa City or the Twin CIties and Chicago!

Peter Fraterdeus, Director, Dubuque Book Arts

Founder and workshop director, Peter has over 30 years of experience with calligraphy and letter design, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants to study calligraphy, letter carving and type design in Europe and the UK.

He's been a letterpress printer since the mid 1960s when he first learned to print at Nichols Junior High in Evanston. He never imagined he would end up forty years later with a warehouse full of beautiful old presses, targeting internet marketing to the entire English speaking world, and printing on some of the very finest paper made on the planet!

Peter taught calligraphy and letterform design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and in 1986 developed the first Macintosh design lab in Chicago and the first Letterpress Typography Lab both at SAIC. He's also an internet strategy and design consultant, type designer, photographer, author, and a pretty good Irish Fiddle player.

He's currently the owner and operator of Exquisite Letterpress at Slow Print Studio in Dubuque.

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