The Art of the Press

Intersession 2015, January 12-23, AS.371.173.22.

art of the press poster

Letterpress and screenprinted poster by Allison Fisher and the Friends of Globe.

“The Art of the Press” is a two-credit Intersession course at Johns Hopkins University on the history and practice of printing, integrating primary sources from the Sheridan Libraries’ special collections with hands-on experience at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s letterpress studio.  Through an examination of physical materials and actual work at the press, students gain a historical perspective on the “pre-digital” information revolution that printing inaugurated 500 years ago, as well as a meaningful appreciation for the craftsmanship, design skill, labor and technology involved in printing.

Classes meet at the Brody Learning Commons on the Homewood Campus, at the George Peabody Library in Mt. Vernon, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art‘s Dolphin Street studio.  All locations are accessible by JHU shuttle (we’ll travel to MICA together the first time). We’ll also take field trips to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Walters Art Museum to see exhibits and talk with experts in the field. Here is a map of our class locations.


  • Contribute three short posts to a group-authored blog on this site.
  • Turn in an annotated copy of your letterpress printing project, showing your decision-making process, steps, problems, successes.

This class was also taught in 2014!

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Letters from the Letterform Archive.


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