Penland Resident Artist to Teach this Saturday - How to Print Letterpress

Learn the old fashioned art of Letterpress Printing at our new workshop coming to Second Saturdays at the Settlement.

Instructor: Nicholas Silberg is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Fine Arts, Humanities, & Wellness Department at Savannah State University where he is responsible for teaching the Printmaking curriculum. Nicholas holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is an Alumni of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science in Communications Media. Nicholas has received winter residencies from Penland School of Crafts, and has regularly chaired panels at Southern Graphics Council International annual conferences. He has recently served as Honorary Juror for SCAD’s Alexander Ink annual print exhibition. Nicholas has shown work nationally and internationally with work in several permanent collections.

Workshop Description: Participants will learn the basics of letterpress printing, printing terminology, the printer’s measurement system, how to handset type, and operate treadle operated C&P Platen “Job” press. Students will choose from our vast collection of metal type faces, ornaments & borders, and vintage cuts in order to produce personalized handmade business cards, notecards, or calling cards, to take home with them. The day starts off with an orientation and instruction on how to compose type and printing on a press. The majority of the workshop consists of participants choosing, composing, and printing. Lunch is not provided, but you can brown bag it or purchase something from the Settlement’s Summer Kitchen.

Workshop Outcomes: After completing the workshop, participants will: Take away hand crafted and personalized letterpress ephemera, understand the basics of how to handset and distribute movable lead type, be able to utilize the printer’s measurement system and terminology and have a working knowledge of locking up forms and printing on a press.

General Objectives: Composing and setting Type, locking-up Type on a Press Printing on C&P and a Showcard proof press distributing Type cleaning up. Celebrate your letterpress experience with a show and tell.

Second Saturdays at the Settlement

Where: The Barberville Print Shop at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement

When: Saturday May 12, 2018 9:30 am—5:00pm

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them.

$75.00 per person

Register to reserve your spot by calling 386-749-2959 or visit

Limited to 6 adult participants

Preregister by clicking on this flyer:

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