spring studio school classes at Oregon College of Art & Craft


I just want to take a moment to get on the stump about these two great classes at OCAC. Both of the classes below offer the fairly rare opportunity to get community based instruction beyond the beginner level. These ten week sessions offer once a week classes, and small class sizes!

Check them out in further detail here!

Full Leather Binding
BA801 • FEB 8-APR 19 (10 sessions); MON 6:30PM-9:30PM
This course offers a thorough introduction to working with leather for bookbinding. Students will complete a full leather volume with hand-sewn end bands and simple decorative techniques including tooling and stamping. Adhesives, types of leather, use of tools, sharpening knives and leather paring by hand and with the Scharf-fix paring machine will be discussed in depth. No class March 22.
Prerequisite: Good hand skills and some binding experience helpful. Location: Calligraphy Classroom

Rory Sparks, Instructor
Rory Sparks has been printing and binding books for twelve years. She worked at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for four years before moving to Portland. She has a BFA from St. Cloud State University and has studied bookbinding in England and throughout the US with various instructors and at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO. Rory was an Artist-in-Residence at OCAC in 2003.


Intermediate Letterpress
BA802 • FEB 9-APR 20 (10 sessions); TUE 7:00PM-9:30PM
This ten-week course will build on the skills learned in Beginning Letterpress. Using handset lead and wood type as a starting point, we will delve into the versatile world of photopolymer printing. Photopolymer is a light-sensitive material that can be used to print high-contrast images and text on the letterpress. Since a photopolymer plate is pressed into paper just like type, prints made through this process have the “bite” or impression that is so characteristic of traditional letterpress. Students learn how to design photo- polymer plates using handmade line drawings or computer-generated digital files, create negatives using high-tech or low-tech approaches, process their plates and ultimately print these photopolymer plates on the Vandercook letterpress. Registration methods, plate characteristics and paper choices will be discussed. Participants leave the class with a small series of prints using the media of their choice. No class March 23.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with the basics of hand-set type as well as use of the Vandercook letterpress. Location: Calligraphy and Printmaking

Kate Copeland, instructor
Kate Copeland’s work involves letterpress and 19th century photographic processes. She currently teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Community College and Portland State University. BA, Macalester College; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design.
www.katecopeland.com