St Bride Foundation opened its workshop in 2010 on the site of the Foundation’s former gymnasium, offering hands-on training in traditional printing and engraving techniques, as well as evening classes, print history courses and summer schools.
Our courses are suitable for any interested party, be they beginners or experienced printers, with a range of workshops and academic sessions tailored to each. Whether it’s mastering letterpress or learning about print’s past and future, we have the perfect programme to help you develop your skills.
Three Week Hand Composition & Letterpress Course
During this course students will examine the processes and application needed to create their own work using letterpress. This includes hand composition of metal type and the use of our Albion, Columbian, Stanhope and Vandercook presses.
One Day Adana/Letterpress Course
This one day course is for the new or aspiring letterpress printer who is looking to set up a simple home studio using the popular Adana platen press.
Introduction to Wood Engraving (4 Weeks)
The course provides an excellent introduction to wood engraving and the print workshop.
One Day Japanese Binding Course
In this 1 day course students will learn how to binding in a Japanese or stab binding style. This techniques involves sewing through a block of paper and creating sewing patterns on the spine of the book. Students will undertake two different books one with a limp cover and one with a hard cover. All materials are supplied.
Wood Engraving (Relief Printing) Taster Day
You will be introduced to the process of wood engraving from preliminary drawings to printing a small limited edition of black and white prints.
Wood Engraving (Relief Printing) Tutorial Evening
It is an opportunity to bring blocks you are working on for individual technical and tutorial support to help with designing/cutting blocks, sharpening tools and printing.
One Day Travel Journal Course
In this 1 day course students will learn how to bind their own travel journal complete with pencil holder.