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Learn the ART of the BOOK

See your own 
POETRY in metal type

Print Elegant  

Images and Text

Create a
BROADSIDE Poster Edition


Make your IDEAS a REALTY. . .

. . . our little mascot is allergy-free!

Studio on the Square
New York, New York 

Studio on the Square
is committed to helping artists develop their work in book form. We continue the tradition of teaching elegant letterpress printing, as it has been handed down for over 500 years. Our intimate class sizes (most limited to 4 students) allow for individual attention much like an apprenticeship in Gutenberg's shop. With an emphasis on the Art of the Book, we encourage students to free up their thinking & experiment through their art. The Studio prides itself on cultivating creativity within a unique environment where all engage in the rewarding processes of combining text and imagery (whether you want to create stationery or art prints). Our teachers are friendly professionals, who have been practicing their Art for years. They are at home in the studio, generous with their knowledge, and eager to share. Open dialogue, & process along with product, distinguishes Studio on the Square workshops (as does our refreshing snack time!). Try our classes in letterpress printing, intaglio, & bookbinding. We welcome Artists & students with all levels of interest and experience.

Get in touch with your Imagination & Creativity!

Class Schedule

Additional Winter Classes to be Posted Soon!


Give Yourself or Someone You Love the GIFT of ART

Letterpress Classes or Private Instruction!

Inquire about a Customized Tutorial

See this unique, historic
re-creation of
Mary Katharine Goddard's
Declaration of Independence

(January 1777)

Hand set in Caslon and printed on custom handmade paper in a limited edition of 100. See additional information and images
on our blog at

Order your gifts
of letterpress printed note cards & broadsides:

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Ask about Custom Letterpress Wedding Invitations & Announcements (since 1996)!

with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Letterpress)

Friday, February 5, 6:30-9:30PM
Sunday, February 21, 10AM-1PM
(check this website for monthly class additions)
$75 plus $10 materials fee

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Description: Get a taste of the elegant printing of the 15th century. Experience the fun & fundamentals of letterpress: the California job case, hand typesetting with movable metal foundry type, the origins of spacing & leading, composition, lock-up, inking & impression on our Vandercook Uni III. A great introduction to printing beautiful impressions.


with Mindy Belloff (Book Arts Level I)
Friday, 11:00AM-5:00PM
January 15


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Combine text & images to effectively communicate ideas, emotions and stories in the form of an artist's book. Through examples & problem solving sessions, brain storm your ideas as you create a book macquette. Many examples of artist's books will be discussed & digital processes covered. You will learn 4 different bookbinding structures and emerge with a solid understanding of processes involved in producing an editioned book.

(Follow-up recommended: The
Artist's Book: A Personal Journey.)

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding All Levels)
One day session: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday, January 16

$125 plus $20 materials fee

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: Construct a box with a separate lid, covered with decorative paper, sized 4" x 6" (or similar) for photos, books, jewelry, or personal objects. Learn the proper way to measure and cut. Then customize your piece, as you play with new, fanciful additions to our enclosure.


with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Book Arts)
One day session: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Sunday, January 17

$125 plus materials fee $20

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Description: Print a small book edition in one day, combining text & image with hand printing & waterbased inks. Even if you have never made an image before, you will gain confidence and amaze yourself and your friends when you show off your very own book! Create and design your image, transfer the image, plan the printing sequence, carve a soft block, and print it by hand with a brayer and waterbased inks. Each letter of text will be set in rubber fonts. Collage elements will be encouraged. Soon you'll have no more blank books collecting dust on the shelf. All aspects of this green printshop can be re-created at home.

Do it Yourself in Letterpress
with Mindy Belloff
(All Levels Letterpress)

4 eves Monday 6-9:30PM
January 18, 25, Feb 1, 8
$360 plus $20 studio fee
(+ poss. outside paper/envelope costs)

Description: With close guidance, you will make your own wedding invitations as you learn to design your cards, hand set your text using “real” fonts from our metal foundry type collection, and print them with perfection, one at a time on our awesome Vandercook press. You will create a one or two-color main invitation + reply card for your special day and print them in elegant letterpress. Choose our paper which takes letterpress beautifully, or supply your own. This is perfect for a quantity of 50-125. If you are planning on a larger edition, you may rent additional time outside of class (please inquire). If time allows, you may run your envelopes too!

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding & Repair - All Levels)
Saturday 10AM-4PM

January 23
$135 plus $10 materials fee

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Concentrating on traditional restoration techniques, learn paper repairs using Japanese tissue, spine and hinge repairs, re-sewing loose sections, and cloth re-backing. Pull all those broken books from your shelves and get them looking like new in a few days of fun & intense work. Familiarize yourself with the structure of the book while learning bookbinding & restoration, proper use of tools, materials and adhesives. Please bring several damaged cloth bound volumes to class. All the books will have different structural loss which we will explore as a class, learning from these various mends together.

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress - All Levels)
Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM

January 24
$125 plus $20 materials fee

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: In this one-day intensive you will have a block of time to experiment with metal and wood type. Create beautiful note cards, print a quotation, & work on a group broadside. Increase your knowledge of operating a Vandercook proof press, learning composition, inking and impression. A great way to begin your letterpress journey and sign up for additional independent class sessions.


with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress Printing All Levels)*
Friday January 29 6:30-8:30PM
Sat & Sun February
13 & 14 10AM-4PM

$275 (+ outside plate costs approx. $40)


: Polymer plates allow flexibility in printing image and text. Combine digital design with classic letterpress printing. Learn how to set up your computer files, consider typography and composition, and utilize the correct specs for plates. You will gain an understanding of paper properties and color printing, as you complete a couple of small independent projects to get you started: note cards, poetry broadside, business cards or letterhead. (Basic computer knowledge required of Word, Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, or Quark.)

with Mindy Belloff
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Saturday & Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Weekend Intensive

January 30 & 31

$235 plus materials fee $

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Description: In this weekend intensive you will learn to measure, cut, and glue with precision, as you construct a sturdy 2-tray clamshell box. This beautiful structure is an art object in itself. You may use it to house a rare book, artist book, album, or portfolio of prints. Trays will be lined with Japanese papers and the box will be covered in silk bookcloth. The size will be approximately 6" x 8".

with Mindy Belloff (Book Arts Level II)*
Tuesday eves. in January
Wednesday eves beginning February

* Dates Ongoing *

(4 or 6-session class)

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Description: Turn your conceptual ideas into an incredible object, & expand your knowledge of designing & printing as you gain the skills to formulate your unique or editioned book. Work independently as you are guided to develop your vision & choose the best techniques for your project: letterpress, wood or linoleum relief, intaglio, drypoint, typesetting, digital processes and/or polymer plate printing. Create an intimate artwork, explore narrative sequencing, & release your inner voice. (Pre-requisite: Introduction to Artist's Books: Understanding & Planning Your Edition or permission from Instructor.)

Stationery, Greeting Cards, Art Prints, & More!
with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress Printing All Levels)*
4 Tuesday eves, 6:30PM-9PM
February 2, 16, 23, Feb. 2

$230 (+ outside plate costs approx. $40)

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: Polymer plates allow flexibility in printing image and text. Combine digital design with classic letterpress printing. Learn how to set up your computer files, consider typography and composition, and set up specs for plates. You will gain an understanding of multiple color printing. Complete a number of independent projects - many beginning students have printed their holiday cards, so come see what all the fuss is about! (Basic computer knowledge required of Word, Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, or Quark.)

with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Letterpress)

4 Thursday eves, 6-9PM
February 4, 11, 18, 25
$225 plus 20 materials fee

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: Discover the elegance of working with movable metal and wood type. Extend your current art making practice, integrating conceptual ideas and narrative elements into a broadside edition poster, card, or print series. Experiment with hand painting & combining digital, photographic and painterly images utilizing multiple colors and overlays + add lyrical writing and poetry, as you develop your individual projects. Learn composition, inking, impression, make ready and press adjustment on the Vandercook. Come get your hands dirty, and make beautiful, multiple impressions!

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress - All Levels)
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:00PM

February 6 & 7
$225 plus $20 materials fee

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: In this weekend intensive you will explore basic to advanced hand typesetting. Whether you are a beginner discovering the elegance of working with movable metal and wood type, or more advanced, extending your current art making practice, you will have a block of time to experiment and create beautiful cards, prints, & broadsides. You will also increase your knowledge of operating a Vandercook proof press.

with Mindy Belloff
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Friday 6-9PM, Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM

February 19 & 20
$165 plus $30 materials fee

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Description: Learn to sew a blank book of multiple signatures in this classic, versatile codex binding. This is a great workshop for the beginner or more advanced binder. Working with archival papers (watercolor paper is optional), learn proper scoring and folding, the use of templates, and sewing techniques. Then case in your pages with archival boards and adhesives, creating a lovely silk wrapped hardcover book. A great structure for journal writings, drawings & collage.

with Mindy Belloff
(Prints/Letterpress All Levels)
One day session: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Sunday, February 28

$125 plus $20 materials fee

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Description: Create an image and print am edition in one day! Using a linoleum relief block, design & transfer your image, learn secrets for carving your block, & print 1 or 2-color impressions in perfect registration. An introduction to relief printing and cutting a block + intro to printing on the Vandercook includes adjustment and trouble shooting on the press. You will print a series in the stidio and be shown the "green" way to create additional prints at home.


with Mindy Belloff
(Book Arts/Letterpress All Levels)
Weekend Intensive:
Friday 6-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-4PM
March TBA
$285 plus $20 materials fee

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Description: In the tradition of the hand printed, illustrated book a la Gutenberg, print a series of relief blocks with 3 images and 3 pages of text. Learn all phases of creating & printing an image: designing, planning, & transferring the image; cutting the blocks; mixing colored inks; and operating a press. You will set your text in metal foundry type and print it on the letterpress. In this intensive, you will make beautiful impressions in 2-colors, completing an edition of 10 printed books in one weekend!

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress AII Levels)
3 Friday evenings: 6:00-9:00PM
January 8, 15, 22

$165 plus 20 materials fee

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: Create classic looking broadsides with our wood & metal foundry type in the tradition of musical posters, poetry and art prints. You will learn how to print on our Vandercook press and will play with various hand printing techniques on and off press, creating colorful, painterly prints. Experiment with handmade papers, collage, and overprinting on existing images. Each student will create a series of prints or small edition broadside. A class print exchange is encouraged for a unique portfolio of prints.

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress - All Levels)
3 days, Monday-Wednesday, 10:00-4:00PM

December 21, 22, 23
$310 plus $20 materials fee


: Delve into the world of letterpress in this 4-day intensive. Whether you are just beginning or have some printing experience, you will discover an appreciation for working with moveable metal and wood type. We will begin by printing personal note cards on press and experiment with hand printing multiple colors. You will pursue individual projects, which may include a poetry broadside, wood edition poster, greeting card or print series. Experiment with combining digital images + add lyrical writing. Learn composition, inking, impression, make ready and press adjustment on our Vandercook press, as you create beautiful, multiple impressions!

with Joseph A. Osina
(Beg., Adv Beg, Intermed)
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30AM-3:30PM
January 9 & 10
$235 plus materials fee $40

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Description: Gain all the basic skills of binding in this fun weekend. You will complete 3 finished books to use as journals or drawing books including an accordion fold structure with hard covers, an Asian binding, and an album with multiple sewn signatures inside silk covered boards. Learn proper adhesive applications, use of archival materials, professional techniques of folding, cutting, sewing and tool usage.

Read what our students have to say about our Workshops:

"What a resource! I am in awe of the specialized knowledge
you have been able to amass, and the individual
care you are able to give all your students."
- Jim E.

"Thanks sooooo much for such a fabulous workshop.
It was really great to meet you and all the other wonderful people in class.
You are truly inspiring !!!!" - Cherie Z.

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Register Now for these Unique Book Arts Classes. . .


Artist Mindy Belloff, mixed media installation and book artist, has also taught at the: School of Visual Arts, New School University, Metropolitan Museum; Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, & WSW. Permanent collections include the Victoria & Albert Museum and NMWA; MacDowell Fellow; NEA Book Grant recipient.

Artist Steven Daiber, book artist (Red Trillium Press), & student of nature; teaches at Hampshire College & printmaking in Cuba; public & private collections.

Artist Joseph A. Osina, printmaker, book artist; book & paper conservator at NYPL; founding member of Manhattan Graphics Center; teaches monoptype & binding; exhibited internationally; collections include the Metropolitan Museum & Library of Congress.

Artist Sage Reynolds, bookbinder and designer, begn making paste papers 30 years ago and enjoys revealing his secret paste recipes for successful painterly papers.

Artist Maddy Rosenberg, painter, printmaker, book artist; art work exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe; public collections include MoMA, Tate & Fogg Museum.

Artist Leonard Seastone,
book artist (Tideline Press); teaches book arts and typography at Purchase College; public collections include the New York Public Library and Columbia University.

Gaylord Schanilec, former artist in residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; special collections include the Getty Museum, the British National Art Library, and NYPL.

Artist Suzanne Vilmain, from Santa Fe, utilizes layering techniques in her book arts and series of ephemeral memoirs; she teaches printmaking, binding, letterpress, and marbling workshops and is interested in collaborations, surrealist techniques of exquisite corpse and deconstructing the book.

Thank you for making the Studio so successful.
We look forward to continuing to nurture your creativity in 2010

Please check this website for additions to class
in the Art of the Book & Letterpress Printing.

Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer Semesters

Studio on the Square - 32 Union Square East, Studio 310
New York, NY 10003 - 917-412-4134
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: You may register by mail, or reserve a place by e-mail or phone. Register early, as space is limited. Full payment reserves your place in class and is due in full before the start of a workshop. Please provide your name and contact information via e-mail and/or mail with check payable to: Intima Press, LLC. Mail to: 32 Union Square East, Suite 310, New York, NY 10003. Or, PayPal payment to E-mail questions to, or call to inquire at 917-412-4134. We're happy to recommend the right workshop for you! Please click below on PDF File for Registration Form & class listing.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: Please ask about one-on-one instruction in letterpress printing and the art of the book.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Tuition is non-refundable for cancellations less than 7 days before class. We will do everything we can to schedule you into another session, if possible, within the semester. Cancellations more than 7 days before start of class, tuition is refundable minus $40 processing fee. If class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be advised and fully refunded.

SUPPLIES: The cost of ink, solvent, rags, and proof paper are included in materials fee. Students are expected to supply their own basic hand tools, or may purchase a bone folder or linocut tool from the Studio. *Additional plate and paper costs may be incurred, depending upon your individual projects.

EQUIPMENT: Studio equpiment includes a Vancercook Universal III automatic motorized letterpress with adjustable press bed - max. sheet size 18x24 for printing linocut, woodcut, engraving plates, photopolymer plates, wood & metal type; antique foot-pedal press (turn-of-the-century, clamshell style from 1888) 9x12 chase; Golding Official clamshell press, 5x7 chase; Ettan Etching Press; Book press; Precision, electric modern Guillotine; Great selection of foundry type, monotype, wood type, ornaments; Library of artist's books, book exhibition catalogues, chapbooks, and books on typography.

STUDIO RENTAL: Studio & press rental available to students in good standing at the discretion of the Studio.

STUDIO POLICIES: All policies of the Studio are subject to the sole discretion of Intima Press LLC, Studio on the Square, its managers, and members.

LOCATION: The Studio is located at 24-32 Union Square East, on Park Avenue South, between 15th & 16th Street, on the 3rd Floor, Studio #310. Trains: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to 14th Street, Union Square. Buses: M 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 101, 102, 103.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Planning to spend the weekend in the City? Ask us about our recommendation for accommodations just around the corner from the Studio!

CALL: Please call the Studio 917-412-4134 to inquire about the best classes for your interests.
(Please note: there are no Studio hours open to the public - By Appointment Only.)

Studio on the Square
32 Union Square East, Studio 310
New York, NY 10003 * 917-412-4134
(by appointment only)

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Vandercook Universal III A/B Letterpress

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Check out our Artists!

Jenna Adams: The B Press, Brooklyn NY

Mindy Belloff: Intima Press, NY, NY

Lisa Cirando: Luna Press, Brooklyn, NY

Pamela Markham: Two Dog Press, NY, NY

Nicole Matthiesen, NY, NY

Dan Smith: Strike Three Press, Brooklyn NY

Rich Turnbul: Furious Day Press, NY, NY

Ask About:

Letterpress Printed
Notecards, Stationery,
Business Cards,

Limited Editon Books

Poetry Broadsides

Custom Clamshell Boxes


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