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CPR 065-W23 | Letterpress Essentials, In-Person

CPR 065-W23 | Letterpress Essentials, In-Person

2/18-2/19 9-4 pm ROOM: 402 Porteous Building 522 Congress St

Maximum Enrollment: 10 LBS

Course Description


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Learn to set and print lead and wood type by hand. You’ll also get answers to these and other questions: What’s a pica? How do you use a composing stick? Why is it called leading? What does distributing type mean? What is registration and how do you do it? Everyone will produce a small edition of two-color prints.

Please bring a notebook and a pen or pencil.


Weekend Workshop

Tuition: $240 + $35 Studio Fee

Saturday + Sunday 2/18-2/19. 9am-4pm (2 sessions)

CEUs: 1.4


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Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, memory, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and is an artist member of Portland's Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.



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All students + faculty are required to: 

  • provide proof of vaccination + booster immediately after registration by emailing an image of their vaccination card to cstudy@meca.edu

This course has reached maximum enrollment.

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