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Letterpress Master Classes, August 30 - Sept 1, 2013

by Peter Fraterdeus last modified 2013-08-18 19:42

Professional level instruction on just about everything you need to know about letterpress printing, from digital pre-press color separation, to trouble-shooting inking on the press.

SlowPrint Master Printer Peter Fraterdeus


2013 SlowPrint Letterpress Master Classes — our place, or yours!


The next class is scheduled for 30 Aug - 1 Sept, 2013.  The price for the three days will be $1200. assuming we get three or four signed up.
This will likely be our last class in our current location. We're not sure when we'll be able to run another.

If you're interested in what we will cover, here's the complete syllabus.
And photos from the class held 3-5 May 
 

SlowPrint's own master printer Peter Fraterdeus welcomes private students of letterpress and typography into SlowPrint's Dubuque studio from March through September of 2013 for intimate three-to-five day intensive work sessions. One-on-one or small groups of up to four are welcome.
All levels of training available on the Heidelberg Windmill, Miehle Vertical Cylinder, Vandercook, and C&P Platen. Pre-press techniques in Illustrator and InDesign, photopolymer plate-making, color matching and ink mixing, press maintenance, wood type, foundry type, paper treatments, problem solving, checklists, tips and tricks, etc.

Having gained mastery of the craft, these skills can be applied to any press we encounter.

Lodging is available locally for students at any number of very reasonable Dubuque B&Bs and small hotels such as The Richards House  or the Redstone Inn, the 2-star Canfield (rustic) all the way up to the 4-star Julian (elegant) Hotels. Or stay in lovely Galena, Illinois, just 20 minutes east across the Mississippi. More details on request, of course!

We'll also arrange to come to your studio or print center for up to three days of one-on-one hands-on consulting, training and troubleshooting. 

University level seminars also available.

Contact Peter directly for more information about either classes or shop rental.

Press & Shop Rental 

If you need the benefit of our equipment to produce your masterpiece—whether the 19"x26" bed on the Vandercook 219 (18"x24" image area), the precision or die-cutting power of the Heidelberg Windmill, the great coverage and speed of the Miehle Vertical Cylinder, or the easy treadle workout on the Chandler & Price Oldstyle—we're happy to provide assistance and access to qualified printers. Depending on your level of expertise, we're either there by your side, or we'll just leave you the keys and let you go!

Unique Dubuque!

SlowPrint is conveniently located in the center of Dubuque's up and coming Historic Millwork Arts District, around the corner from the newly renovated Caradco Building, and the Voices Warehouse Gallery We're a stone's throw from the Mississippi River, with its bald eagles, backwater canoeing, ancient bluffs, indigenous history, and quaint river towns. Dubuque is an historic "Masterpiece on the Upper Mississippi", less than three hours drive from Chicago O'Hare, and 90 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin, or the Quad Cities, or fly directly to DBQ via American Airlines. IBM cited one of their major global service centers in downtown Dubuque, which has enriched the community with upwards of 3000 high-tech workers from all over the world. And then there's the Port of Dubuque, with the Smithsonian affiliated National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a short walk from our front door!

We've got great natural beauty, great restaurants, casino, shopping, music and the Arts! Writing groups, poetry slams, art centers and even opera! So when you need a break from letterpress, there's plenty! See the Google Map!

Contact Peter directly for more information about either classes or shop rental.

About me...

I've taught book arts, letterpress, calligraphy, typography, information design, and web design at venues including the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago 2010), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1984-91), IUAV (Architectural University of Venice, Italy, 2001-02), Clarke College (Dubuque, 2010), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, 1991) and many other workshops and seminars. 
Received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in the 1980s, the first, the Crafts Apprenticeship Grant,  to study calligraphy and letter carving and design for six months with Ieuan Rees in Wales (UK, 1981), the second, the Design Project Grant, to research and design a digital typeface for laser printers (1986).

Studied Calligraphy, Inscriptional Carving and Letterform design with Ieuan Rees, MDesRCA, and others 
Studies in Calligraphy and the History of Type Design with Prof Hermann Zapf at RIT (1985-1986 Summer Sessions) 

Photo ©2012 Tim Olson, Dubuque. Used with Permission.


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