Coming Next Term:
Dikko Faust’s SVA Classes



Two Centuries of Wood and Metal Type 1820-2020

Dikko Faust 
Online Course
 10 Sessions 

A survey of the last 200 years of type design, advertising and graphic popular culture will be given in this course. Type exploded into numerous forms in the 19th century, with fans and critics along the way. That explosion was aided and abetted by a constant barrage of new ways to make type, typewriters, keyboard cast type (linotype, monotype, etc.), as well as other innovations. A veteran type detective and letterpress printer will lead our investigation from his printshop and archive, students will undertake and share guided research with the class, as we learn about this exciting period for type and type design. Expect diversions into architectural ornament and much more that relate to letter design. Note: This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.


Letterpress Basics

Dikko Faust
Postponed. 

A class for all levels.
Letterpress is versatile and adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. Through hand typesetting vintage metal and wood typefaces, students will gain a broader understanding of typography. Printing blocks and plates range from completely manual, hand-cut and collaged, to digital photopolymer plates. Accurate color registration is simple and easy. The image can range from hard edge to feathered and painterly, and the relief impression adds a third dimension. Operation and maintenance of different kinds of letterpress is included. Sessions begin with a demonstration followed by studio time to work on projects that range from type-based graphic designs to fine art limited editions. No experience required.


Past & Future Letterpress Classes




Letterpress is versatile and adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. Through hand typesetting vintage metal and wood typefaces, students will gain a broader understanding of typography. Printing blocks and plates range from completely manual, hand-cut and collaged, to digital photopolymer plates. Accurate color registration is simple and easy. The image can range from hard edge to feathered and painterly, and the relief impression adds a third dimension. Operation and maintenance of different kinds of letterpress is included. Sessions begin with a demonstration followed by studio time to work on projects that range from type-based graphic designs to fine art limited editions. Previous printmaking experience is not required.



This course will concentrate on nontraditional, experimental and painterly uses of letterpress. Printing from collagraphs and linocut plates offers endless possibilities for image-making and color overprinting. We will explore moiré and interference patterns by shifting type set-ups and the use of multiple printings. We will also look at the type experiments of avant-garde movements, such as Dada and futurism, and innovative printers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Sessions will begin with demonstrations and are followed by studio time to work on self-initiated projects. Previous printmaking experience is not required.




This hands-on workshop will focus on letterpress relief printing techniques. Students will be setting metal type, type ornaments, and found and made pieces. In addition to studio work we will view historical examples of this art form that include archeological, architectural, vernacular weaving, bricklaying and tiling. We will continue this tradition with modular pieces from the printshop, as well as found and made type-high hardware. Experiments will include moiré, interference, shifted and pinwheel prints, ink transparency and color overlay. The first day focuses on group patterns; the second day concentrates on individual projects.
NOTE: All levels welcome; some letterpress or relief printmaking experience is helpful, but not required.

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