Letterpress Courses Amsterdam

Quality Letterpress Courses in Amsterdam

Programme workshops and courses 2016

Slow printing! Use your hands, work with metal and wood type, composing sticks, paper, ink and tools.

Letterpress courses in a unique and inspiring location in the centre of Amsterdam. Just a 10-minute walk from Central Station. Personal attention for small groups or one-2-one courses. Well equipped, fascinating workspace with a variety of type and presses…

Professional approach with experienced, knowledgeable and passionate teaching

Courses for small groups and/or individuals

Hands-on approach

Quality type and equipment available

Courses available in Dutch, English, French and German

I bring years of experience, you bring enthusiasm, questions and a willingness to learn.

Evening courses
Learn all about letterpress! Eight evenings filled with type, ink, paper and presses.

Starting Monday 11 January, from 19:00–21:30 hrs
Starting Wednesday 17 February, from 19:00–21:30 hrs
325 €, inclusive of materials, coffee and tea etc.

Weekend courses
During the 2-day course, you will get a thorough introduction to letterpress printing. You will learn to set metal and wood type, and print on Vandercook or Korrex proofpresses.

23–24 January, from 10:00–17:00 hrs
20–21 February, from 10:00–17:00 hrs
19–20 March, from 10:00–17:00 hrs
250 €, inclusive of materials, coffee and tea etc.

Photopolymer courses
If you want to work to an extremely high standard with photopolymer and learn in a professionnal way, then this 1-day course is the answer. All year round by appointment.

175 €, inclusive of coffee and tea etc.

Made-to-measure and advanced courses
For those who are more advanced, or have a special request we offer the possibility to have a made-to-measure course. Please contact us…

Open workshop
All year round we offer people with letterpress experience the possibility to use quality type, presses and photopolymer equipment in our workshop.
Thomas Gravemaker (typographer, letterpress printer and master of the workshop) will be there to advise, assist and guide you.
No more than two persons per workshop, you will have your own press and you’re guaranteed practical personal attention throughout the week.
Available are: two flatbed cylinder proofpresses (a Vandercook Universal I and a Korrex Hannover), a tabletop platen press, an Adana 8 × 5 platen press, and photopolymer equipment.

Do contact us, and we’ll discuss the possibilities.

5 days, from 10:00–17:00, 400 €, tea, coffee and refreshments included.

Tour de Graphique ‘Bauhaus’
A three day workshop with as theme ‘Bauhaus’. Three days with image, form, text, colour and paper. Three techniques lino/blockprinting, letterpress, and bookbinding.

7–9 April 2016
395 €, inclusive of materials, coffee, tea, lunch etc.

Collection & Book
Chosing a small selection of your favoured objects, you will use the following techniques: lino/blockprinting, letterpress, and bookbinding.
5–7 August 2016
395 €, inclusive of materials, coffee, tea, lunch etc.

Tour de Graphique ‘Dada’
The theme of this workshop is ‘Dada’. Think of Man Ray, Theo van Doesburg or Sophie Taeuber-Arp. We will use intaglio, block and stencil printing; letterpress, and bookbinding.

26–28 August 2016
395 €, inclusive of materials, coffee, tea, lunch etc.

Three highly qualified teachers, Carola Rombouts, Thomas Gravemaker & Marja Wilgenkamp, organize workshops in Amsterdam. We offer expert tuition in two different workshops, both situated in the city centre. Furthermore, interesting ateliers, good equipment and personalized attention!

For further information

www.grafiekdrukkerij.nl [email protected]
www.letterpressamsterdam.com [email protected]
www.bindery-wilgenkamp.com [email protected]

MIAT, Ghent, Belgium
A two-day letterpress workshop in one of the finest typographical workshops in Europe.
6–7 May 2016

For more information and/or reservation:

‘Slow Printing’, a Summer Letterpress Course in Holsted, Denmark
A truly unique opportunity to spend five days typesetting and printing with a small group of participants in a rural setting in Denmark.

11–16 July 2016
The cost of this five-day course will be 500 € including Danish VAT. The minimum amount of participants is 6, and the maximum is 8.

Thomas Gravemaker from LetterpressAmsterdam and Jens Jørgen Hansen, bogtrykker – two international well-known and experienced letterpress printers – will run this Summer course from the studio that Jens has established in the small countryside town Holsted between Kolding and Esbjerg, Denmark.

You will, in a common project of a type-o-graphic book, be working with one of the largest private collections of wood and metal types in Scandinavia and printing on the well-maintained hand operated proof and lever presses. 

A visual tour in the workshop can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bogtrykkeren/albums/72157652391162329

We can supply you with a list of bed-and-breakfast and hotels, and the possibility exists to camp in the garden. Holsted can be reached by train as well as Billund Airport is situated only 30 km from Holsted.

Would you be interested to participate, and find out more about our Summer Course, please send an e-mail before the end of January 2016 to: Thomas at [email protected] or Jens at [email protected]

…further courses and workshops will be announced throughout the year…

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What a wonderful array of offerings, Thomas. Wish it weren’t so far from here to there. All best with the classes, and Happy New Year!
Emily Hancock
St Brigid Press