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If you’ve always loved letterpress
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JOIN US FOR A PORCHLIGHT PRESS LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP!

Learn to make your own beautiful hand printed cards, posters or art prints at our Vancouver letterpress printing studio using our antique Vandercook letterpress machines and various wood & metal type.
Class sizes are small, maximum 12 people per class.  Very hands-on and our experienced instructors work very closely with you to explore and design your pieces.

2015/2016 Registration is now open!

We are excited to offer a great new assortment of workshops for the autumn winter 2015/2016 season. SCROLL DOWN to check them out! Register now as spots fill up fast. Also, JOIN OUR MAILING LIST and get notified as we add more to the line-up later in the new year.
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Holiday Card Letterpress Workshop (November 29th, 2015) 12-5pm

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! Time to get crafty! Come and get your hands on our incredible collection of type, festive blocks, ornaments and inks to create twenty five fabulous holiday cards. Our legendary warm apple cider and light festive treats will be served-yum!
In this five hour letterpress workshop for beginners our four friendly, dedicated instructors will teach you how to print greeting cards using our lovingly curated collection of authentic metal and wood type and ink. The cards will be printed on the studio’s three legendary Vandercook proofing presses. Class sizes are a maximum of twelve people to maximise hands on experience with our knowledgeable instructors.
All materials and supplies are included.
The cost of this class is 189



Holiday Card Letterpress Workshop (December 6th, 2015) 12-5pm

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! Time to get crafty! Come and get your hands on our incredible collection of type, festive blocks, ornaments and inks to create twenty five fabulous holiday cards. Our legendary warm apple cider and light festive treats will be served-yum!
In this five hour letterpress workshop for beginners our four friendly, dedicated instructors will teach you how to print greeting cards using our lovingly curated collection of authentic metal and wood type and ink. The cards will be printed on the studio’s three legendary Vandercook proofing presses. Class sizes are a maximum of twelve people to maximise hands on experience with our knowledgeable instructors.
All materials and supplies are included.
The cost of this class is 189



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Say Thanks! (January 24th, 2016) 12-5pm

Here’s your chance to say thank you for that festive sweater, the turkey feast and those musical socks you just received. Come and get your hands on our incredible collection of type, printing presses and inks to create twenty five beautiful letterpress thank you cards that express your gratitude.
In this five hour letterpress workshop for beginners our four friendly, dedicated instructors will teach you how to print thank you cards using our lovingly curated collection of authentic metal and wood type and ink. The cards will be printed on the studio’s three legendary Vandercook proofing presses. Class sizes are a maximum of twelve people to maximise hands on experience with our knowledgeable instructors.
All materials and supplies are included.
The cost of this class is 189

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Valentine’s Letterpress ‘Split Fountain’ Postcard Workshop (February 7th, 2016) 12-5pm

Remember in elementary school when we used to give a little sweet nothing valentine note to all of our friends? Well here is your chance to revive that tradition! Who doesn’t love getting a surprise in the mail that reminds that someone is thinking about us. These postcards will be remembered as they will have a one of a kind split fountain gradient colouring! Come and experiment with this awesome type of printing for that special someone, or a fun piece to send out to friends you haven’t reached out to in a while.
In this five hour letterpress workshop for beginners, our four friendly and dedicated instructors will teach you how to make prints using our lovingly curated collection of authentic metal and wood type and ink. The prints will be created on the studio’s three legendary Vandercook proofing presses. Class sizes are a maximum of twelve people to maximise hands on experience with our knowledgeable instructors.
All materials and supplies are included.
The cost of this class is 189

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PEOPLE ARE BLOGGING ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS!

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BLOG: A TALE OF TWO SHORTIES

On Sunday afternoon we headed across the bridge to Porchlight Press for an afternoon letterpress workshop. From the moment we walked in we were completely captivated. Heather, the owner, is an unbelievable sweetheart, she is welcoming and helpful plus her mother makes the absolute best Apple Cider in the Lower Mainlands and maybe even the Pacific North West.

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BLOG: ALONG CAME THE FOLD

The workshop is designed for newbies, experts, non designers, designers alike. It is scheduled for four hours, however most people linger around to see everyone’s designs. Heather and her team begin with a background of the studio, followed by a crash course in printmaking, and then send you on your merry way! The projects vary depending on workshops. For this one, the project was to design a christmas card. We then make 25 prints, five for the studio to keep for examples and 20 for ourselves. There is an option to buy more cards at an additional .25 each. Great deal!

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BLOG: KAYLA ENGLISH CREATIVE

It was a creative afternoon spent designing a piece (holiday card), with our choice of lead and woodblock type. We fit our select type together like a puzzle with wood and metal spacers to create a uniform block, then inked up the presses and hand cranked the card stock through the letterpress to create gorgeous impressions. A big thanks to Sam for his careful instruction and wealth of shared letterpress knowledge. Much appreciated!

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