The Virginia Arts of the Book Center, a cooperatively-run print studio right here in Charlottesville and a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, sure is busy these days! We blogged about their expansion last week and now we are bringing you news of two upcoming intensive workshops and a design contest.
First, the Virginia Arts of the Book Center is having a contest to design their holiday cards. Submissions are open to all, including members and affiliates of VABC. The winner receives 50 letterpressed holiday cards with your design. For the full details on how to enter, please click here. There is no entry fee. Deadline: Sept 1, 2012.
Second, want to turn any line-based drawing, computer art or text into a print? Unlock the secret of polymer printing that will make it possible in this workshop on two Saturdays, August 4 and 11 from 1:00-4:00pm. In the first session, you’ll go through the steps to make a scan or computer file into a pdf ready to send to Boxcar Press. You’ll leave with a pdf file you can send to Boxcar at any time, and the knowledge to initiate more projects in the future. In the second session, you’ll receive instruction on how to print a two-color polymer job on a Boxcar base and troubleshoot with polymer. For details and information on how to register, please click here.
Third, it’s your annual chance to learn letterpress from A-Z! In other words, this fall the VABC will be offering a six-week “Letterpress Certification Course” that meets on Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm starting September 23. During this course, a student will learn and be certified for all skills necessary to become “licensed” on the Vandercook press at the shop so that you can print independently. Tuition is $500 for nonmembers (and the course is UVa Education Benefit eligible). For more information about the course including a complete schedule, please click here.