Letterpress Classes & Events

SVC has been loving every moment of teaching letterpress for nearly 20 years. Then the coronavirus said it was time to take a pause. This seemed like a signal to do things differently in the future, and so we’re supporting our longtime shop manager, Jenny Wilkson, in the formation of a new nonprofit called Partners in Print. We’ll be donating all our presses, type, and equipment to PiP, and we plan to cooperate on offering classes, producing community events, and all the good, inky things you’ve come to expect from us.

Featured Classes and Workshops

Letterpress classes and workshops at SVC can take you from a true beginner, all the way to becoming an accomplished printer.

Letterpress Classes

Long-Distance Letterpress

How do you learn about letterpress printing when you can’t take an in-person class? Since we can’t deliver a printing press to you via the internet, we’ve got a better idea: online workshops where you’ll pick up skills and a big dose of inspiration.


Letterpress Class 1

Letterpress Levels 1 & 2

Our in-person 5-week foundational courses on the essentials of letterpress are on hold until safer times. Until then, check out the All Classes link below to learn about Long-Distance Letterpress, our series of online workshops for analog aficionados.


Letterpress Class 1

Letterpress Level 3

This 10-week course is also on the shelf while we await the return of in-person learning. But that doesn’t mean we’re not teaching letterpress classes. Check out the All Classes link below to see which Long-Distance Letterpress online workshops are currently on the schedule.


Letterpress Class 1

All Letterpress Workshops

We’ve had to put the brakes on our in-person workshops in the SVC letterpress shop -- and that goes for our Letterpress at Lunch and Letterpress Play Day events for corporate teams. They’ll be back someday. In the meantime, our Long-Distance Letterpress workshops roll on. Learn about them by checking out the link below.


Community Events & Projects

Steamroller Smackdown

Crazy, creative artists. Indelible ink. Sharp instruments. And a 5-ton steamroller. If that's not the perfect combination for fun, we don't know what is. SVC’s Steamroller Smackdown had to take a pause while the coronavirus has its way with us, but we’ll look forward to returning to the next South Lake Union Block Party. In the meantime, press on.

Letterpress Team Building

This is another SVC program we’ve had to put on hold temporarily. In the meantime, we’ve figured out how to do virtual team-building events, including urban sketching, watercolor for beginners, and brainstorming. You can get your whole team involved, no matter where they live. To find out more, check out our Corporate Training options.

Children's Hospital Broadside Project

For the past ten years, SVC’s letterpress instructors and students have worked with Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools program to publish poetry broadsides written by patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s just one way we use the power of the press to let all of our community’s voices be heard.

Designer in Residence: Kristen Ramirez

Following in the prolific footsteps of SVC’s first two artists in residence, Glenn Fleishman and Claudia Castro Luna, it's Kristen Ramirez. She creates across media, with works on paper, large-scale murals, sculpture, signage, and socially engaged public projects. Her work is often grounded in an investigation of place and how our environment impacts our identity. Kristen works for the City of Seattle managing public art projects for the Office of Arts & Culture and has served as artist-in-residence to the Department of Transportation (SDOT).