Sunday, September 23, 2007

GET SCHOOLED: workshops at kozo studio/gallery

Workshops at KOZO Studio/Gallery
257 Broadview Ave
Toronto, ON
M4M 3G6
Phone: 416-214-1882

[Check out Jiangtou's awesome little YouTube video of the Letterpress 1 workshop. Definitely a motivator to take the class]

Letterpress 1

Saturday and Sunday Sept. 22 and 23 from 10 am to 4pm

OR Dec. 9 & 15 from 10 am to 4 pm

In this intensive two day workshop participants will learn how to lock up a form and registration in order to print in two or more colours. Participants will create an edition of their own unique letterpress printed Broadsides

Participants should have 'Letterpress Printing Intro.' or have discussed their previous experience with the instructor.

Workshop price for the 2 day workshop is $153.70 plus a $15.00 supply fee.

Intro. to Letterpress

Sun. Oct. 28 OR Sun. Nov. 18

from 12:30 to 5:30 pm

Learn the basics of printing on a flatbed press with Akemi Nishidera at her studio.

The Vandercook press is one of the most popular presses for letterpress printers and the little Showcard is perfect for small editions, gift tags, and quick prints. In this introduction class participants will learn to print from a combination of wood type, metal type, and metal cuts.

Fee $ 50.88 plus supply fee of $10.00.

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This series of workshops will focus on all the possibilities of paper.

Students will learn papermaking by recycling fabric, create three dimensions from two with paper sculpting, use paper pulp as a modeling compound and decorate the surface of paper with printmaking methods and orizome. The topics of environment, culture, and recycling are subjects that will be addressed as part of the workshops.

The individual projects are geared towards the two different age groups.

Ages 6 - 10

Saturday mornings beginning Oct. 20*

9:30 am- 11:00 am (1.5 hours),

Cost $ 103.88 (8 classes)

Ages 11 - 15

Wednesdays beginning Oct. 17

4:30 pm - 6 pm (1.5 hours)

Cost $ 116.60 (8 classes)

*This is a series of 8 classes in total, running to mid December.

Holiday Letterpress Cards and Tags

Tues. Dec. 4 from 6 - 9 pm

Choose from a variety of special Holiday images to letterpress print your own cards and tags for a unique holiday statement. No experience necessary.

Fee $ 30.74 plus supply fee of $10.00

Intro. to Book Binding

Tues. Oct. 23,30, Nov. 6,13,20, 27

from 6 - 9 pm

In this set of 6 workshops participants will learn about and create a variety of book forms (concertina, stab bound single page, pamphlet, experimental, etc.). Students will learn about the book structure and the importance of the papers that are used. Book and paper embellishing will also be taught and used.

Cost $ 153.70 plus $20.00 supply fee

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Star Ornament Books

Tues. Dec. 11 from 6 - 9 pm

So many people have asked me how to make these beautiful little books, so here it is.

Learn how to create a beautiful tiny book that can be hung and opens to form a star! The pages can be decorated too. Great for special gifts.

$ 30.74 plus $10.00 supply fee.

Book Transformation

Thurs. Dec. 6, from 6 - 9 pm

Bring in an old thin boring book and learn how to transform it into an exiting piece of artwork. By tearing, cutting, colouring, adding, painting and embellishing these ho hum books will become personal treasures.

Cost $30.74 plus $10.00 supply fee.

Progressions in Paper

Sat. Oct. 27, Nov, 3, 10, 17 from 1 - 4 pm

Four days of playing with paper! In this series we will explore the world of paper and methods of decorating them Participants will try paste papers, orizome, relief, washes and glazes and momigami. The resulting papers are unique and perfect for scrapbook projects, book binding, cards, collage and so much more!

Cost $72.08 plus $15.00 supply fee


Sunday Nov. 25 from 10 am - 5 pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses paper to create a 'painting'. Washi (known as rice paper) of varying colours, weights and textures are torn in small pieces to create an image that looks very much like a watercolour painting! Participants will learn about washi and why only it can be used, create their own 'painting' and frame it in a traditional Japanese style.

Cost $ 56.18 plus $15.00 supply fee.

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Registration Information

Payment is by cash, cheque., VISA or MC. If you wish to pay in person please call or e-mail me to set up a time to visit the studio. Registration may be mailed to

Akemi Nishidera, 51 Cummings St., Toronto, ON M4M 1M9

Full payment is required upon registration to guarantee a space in the workshop. We will contact you by telephone or e-mail to confirm your registration. Supply Fees are due on the date of the workshop and are payable to the instructor in cash.

Studio Rental is available for doing independent projects on the Vandercook SP 15, Showcard Mini Press, Papermaking equipment and studio.

For rental you must be interviewed to assess technical knowledge and equipment use.

Private and pre-scheduled group workshops can be arranged.

Please contact Akemi.


Blogger Jiangtou said...

just finished taking the Letterpress 1 course today and quickly editied together a vid of the experience:


12:55 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

thanks so much for posting this jiangtou! i bumped the link up to the actual post some more people will see it...

10:02 a.m.  

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