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Porchlight Press Letterpress Workshops

We believe that everyone has an innate capacity for creativity. One of the great joys of what we do is connecting people with that capacity, and seeing their pride and satisfaction when they hold the finished product in their hands. It gets us every time.

Our workshops range from letterpress to bookbinding to origami to calligraphy. With just 12 spots per workshop, they tend to fill up fast, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be among the first to learn about what's coming up.


Upcoming Letterpress Workshops

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Past Letterpress Workshops

An Introduction to Letterpress Workshop

Typesetting Workshop

An introduction to Letterpress Workshop

Greeting Card Workshop

The Right Note: January 21, 2018, 12-5pm

Stock up your desk drawer with custom note cards to use throughout 2018 to say thanks, congratulations, or I'm thinking of you. Get your hands on our incredible collection of type, printing presses and inks to create twenty beautiful letterpress greeting cards .

In this five-hour letterpress workshop for beginners, our four friendly, dedicated instructors will teach you how to print note 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 capped at twelve people to maximize hands -  on experience with our knowledgeable instructors. All materials and supplies are included.



Workshop Reviews


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. 

Blog: Along Came the Fold

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.

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!