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2019 Workshops

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Relicensure points for educators are available from the Utah State Board of Education for all workshops. For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.   


 Moxon repairing press

Move it, Lube it, Love it: Vandercook Maintenance
Paul Moxon

May 10
Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Thinking about buying a letterpress or have one that needs some TLC? Crank through the "how-to's" with renowned press expert Paul Moxon. This intensive day with the Book Arts Program's cylinder presses provides all the basics and beyond to keep presses in top condition. Moxon walks participants through points of maintenance, cleaning, lubrication, addressing potential problems, making direct repairs, and comparison of various models and brands. An understanding of the interrelated mechanisms of a flatbed proof press will aid in trouble-shooting common problems during printing. Bring your questions, photos, and/or broken hearts (oops!) parts for advisement.

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Paul Moxon is a studio letterpress printer and independent educator (MFA, MLIS Alabama). He has lectured at over sixty book arts centers and universities through the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources and moderates Paul is the website editor for the American Printing History Association and has held fellowships at Rare Book School and the Newberry Library. His letterpress work can be found in several public collections and at


handmade paper

Papermaking: Fiber + Formation
Ally Milham

May 13 – June 17
Mondays, 4:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Register through Continuing Education here.

Venture into the fundamentals of hand papermaking in this fast-paced, five-week course. Topics include fiber selection and processing, western-style sheet formation, and experimental techniques ranging from pulp painting and stencil printing to sculptural applications using overbeaten fibers. Participants leave with a sample book of handmade sheets and an array of papers to be used for printing, bookmaking, collage, letter-writing or other creative applications.

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Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Brooklyn in NYC.


image of linoleum cut in progress

Printing with Precision: Multi-color Linoleum Cuts
Claire Taylor

May 18
Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Spend the day with local artist Claire Taylor and learn linocut reduction carving and printing techniques. Claire covers how to tightly register multiple print runs from the same linoleum block on a flatbed letterpress. Participants print two or three runs from the same block, resulting in a layered print with slight color shifts. Each participant leaves with an exchange portfolio of prints and the knowledge to carve and print in the future!

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Claire Taylor holds a Master of Science in Environmental Humanities and a Bachelor of Fine Art with a Printmaking Emphasis from the University of Utah. She formerly worked as the Studio Manager, Instructor and Lead Printer at the Book Arts Program & Red Butte Press. Claire recently completed a yearlong artist residency with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited extensively in Utah and has shown nationally and internationally, and her work is held in public collections across the United States. To see Claire's work, please visit


books and tools

Bookmaking: Materials + Structure
Ally Milham

May 28 – June 25
Tuesdays, 4:45 pm – 7:45 pm 

Register through Continuing Education here.

This fast-paced, five-week bookmaking venture is an introduction to binding fundamentals. Class participants will learn how to craft several book structures, including folded forms, non-adhesive bindings, case bindings, and enclosures. Students have the option of binding blank books or incorporating content of their own design. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.

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Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Brooklyn in NYC.


block cuts and prints

 Let's Get Digital: Lasers + Letterpress

Crane Giamo, Marnie Powers-Torrey, & Amy Thompson

June 4 & 8
Tuesday, 4:45 – 7:45 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital using current design software and laser-engraved woodblocks to print illustrations and halftone images. This workshop melds old and new technologies, with a focus on basic skills in digital design and letterpress printing. Spend the first day in the Marriott Library computer lab learning to design, edit, and prepare your digital files for output to the laser cutter. The following Saturday, learn how to print your laser-engraved woodblock using our Vandercook proof presses. Leave with a portfolio of work from your classmates and your own edition of 10 prints.

Crane Giamo bio here.
Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here.
Amy Thompson bio here.


student and teacher setting type

 Letterpress Printing: Text + Image

Crane Giamo

June 5 – July 31 (no class on July 24)
Wednesdays, 4:45 – 7:45 pm

Register through Continuing Education here.

Get a handle on what it takes to crank out an edition of gorgeous letterpress prints. This active, eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Guided by the instructor, participants design and produce four individual projects using a variety of relief techniques and tools including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs. Students should expect to spend time out of class each week to complete projects.

Crane Giamo bio here.


book with tunnel

 Annual Educators' Intensive

Our Place in the World: Using Book Arts to Teach Science, Geography, & Environment
Jaime Shafer

July 18 & 19
Thursday & Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Free upon registration. Space is limited.
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Are you looking for a unique and engaging way to increase student participation? Books arts is your answer! Help your students develop critical and creative thinking skills through bookmaking. Come learn how to make simple book structures that you can use in any classroom with any content. This two day workshop will feature hands on learning, lesson plans, and handouts that you can take back to your classroom and apply to any lesson. We will use accessible, inexpensive materials and tools to create functional books that take the worksheet and handout to the next dimension. We'll brainstorm ideas and discuss various ways to incorporate bookmaking into teaching for any content area.

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Jaime Lynn Shafer is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art + Design MA Art & the Book graduate. A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a certification in art education. She spent thirteen years teaching art in the Pennsylvania public school system and traveled internationally with her students, offering them an opportunity to experience the global community. Shafer's work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and UCLA Biomedical Library among others. Shafer was the 2014-2016 recipient of the Redfield Black Rock Press Fellowship in Book Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently resides in Fallon, Nevada where she teaches high school art and ceramics


letterpress teacher + student

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Open Studio Hours

Spring 2019 Semester

January 10 – April 30 

  • Monday:
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday:
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm;
    5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday:
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm 
  • Friday: 
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Spring 2019 Finals Week

May 1 – May 3 

  • Wednesday: 
    10:00 am – 7:30 pm 
  • Thursday: 
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
  • Friday: 
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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