The Art of Letterpress

Grab your apron and get messy by immersing yourself in the Art of Letterpress! Over this two and half-day course, The Letterpress Collective will teach you how to set lead type in a composing stick and how to use a small tabletop press, which can be used to create personalised posters and prints.

The Letterpress Collective will also bring a selection of beautiful wood types and will show you the process of locking lead and wood type into a chase or onto the flatbed cylinder presses. On these larger presses, you will be able to print poster-sized text-based images; a favourite lyric, a line of poetry or something of your own. We’ll have some decorative borders and some vintage wood and metal etched illustrations to play with.

This 600-year-old craft course requires no previous experience, just an enthusiasm to learn.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Learn how to use a tabletop press
  • How to mix ink
  • How to register a two-colour print
  • Leave with an armful of your creations



We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. This course is four nights as it includes a group supper the evening of the 8th – please see itinerary for details. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).


All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link: About our catering

We have also set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.

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Download the full Course Itinerary here


This course would pair well with our Copperplate Calligraphy course, led by Athena Cauley-Yu of Meticulous Ink, which is taking place in the afternoon of the third day.

To find out more about this course and to book tickets,
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