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Studio on the Square 

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 5 centuries. 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 artists engage in the rewarding processes of combining text and imagery. 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 yours. 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


Thank you for making the Studio so successful.
We look forward to continuing to nurture your creativity
as we celebrate our 5th year of Classes

Please check this website for ADDITIONS to class sections

& new classes in the Art of the Book & Painterly Papers

Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer Semesters

Studio on the Square - 32 Union Square East, Studio 310, NY, NY 10003 - 917-412-4134
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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 Custom Letterpress Wedding Invitations & Announcements!

We'll be at the upcoming
Hybrid Book Arts Fair in Philadelphia -
Please stop by and say hello!

The Hybrid Book Fair 2009
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
June 5-6, 2009

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.

Click here for more Student Comments


Register Now for these Unique Book Arts Classes. . .

with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Letterpress)
Choose an evening session:

Tuesday, May 5, 6:00-9:30PM or
Monday, June 1, 6:30-9:30PM
July TBA

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

May 8 & 9
$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
(Beginning Letterpress)

4 Fridays 10:00AM-1:00PM
May 8, 15, 22, 29 or
4 Thursday eves 6:30-9:30PM
June 4, 11, 18, 25
$165 plus $15 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 AII Levels)
3 Thursday evenings: 6:00-9:00PM
May 14, 21, 28

$165 plus materials fee $15

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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
(Book Arts/Letterpress All Levels)
Weekend Intensive:
Friday 6-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-4PM
May 15, 16, 17
$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 Printing All Levels)*
4 Tuesday eves: 6:30PM-9PM
May 19, June 2, 9, 16
$225 (+ 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 set up specs for plates. You will gain an understanding of multiple color printing. In class, you will complete an independent project. (Basic computer knowledge required of Word, Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, or Quark.)

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

4 eves Wednesday/Friday 6-9:30PM
NEW! May 20, 22, 27, 29
$410 plus $10 materials fee

(+ outside paper & envelope costs)


: With close guidance, you will make your own wedding invitations with elegant letterpress! Design your cards, handset 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 learn historic by-hand printing as you create a one-color main invitation + reply card for your special day. This is perfect for a quantity of 50-125. If you are planning on a larger edition or multiple colors, you may rent additional time outside of class (please inquire).

with Mindy Belloff
(Book Arts Level III)*

Wednesdays eves: 6:00-9:00PM
* Dates Ongoing *

(choose 4, 6 or 8 week session: tuition variable)
$345 plus materials fee $15

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Description: From the historic to the digital and back again, continue your mastery of book arts techniques, as you become more proficient in your use of the Vandercook letterpress and your ability to combine text with various printing processes. Continue your personal journey & develop a discriminating eye, as you work independently to make your book ideas become a reality!

{Previous printing experience required: Introduction to Book Arts, The Artis
t's Book II, or similar}


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

Saturday, May 23
$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.

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding All Levels)
One day session: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Sunday, May 24

$125 plus $20 materials fee

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: Construct a box with a separate lid, covered with decorative paper, sized 4"x6" (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 (Book Arts Level I)
Saturday & Sunday
May 30 & 31
$235 plus materials fee $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 print letterpress & intaglio, and will make 4 different bookbinding structures. You will emerge with a solid understanding of processes involved in producing an editioned book.

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

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

June 13 & 14

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

Friday, June 19
$125 plus $20 materials fee

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Description: Create an image for an edition and print a series 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 cuttig a block + intro to printing on the Vandercook includes adjustment and trouble shooting on the press. You will print a series in the print shop and be shown the "green" way to create additional prints at home.

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
June 20
$125 plus materials fee $15

If you have torn prints, maps, diplomas or other important documents, this is the class for you! In this one-day intensive learn how to mend these items using different papers with the correct viscosity of paste needed for each specific type of paper substrate. Deep folds, creases and large tears will also be addressed. These techniques can also be used in the repair of text block pages. If time permits we will review proper hinging techniques to mat boards.

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

June 22, 23, 24, 25
$395 plus $25 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 Steve Pittelkow
(All Levels):
Friday 6-9:00PM
& Sat/Sun 10AM-4PM
June 26, 27, 28
$270 plus $25 materials fee

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Description: Learn the magic of Suminagashi, an ancient Japanese marbling on Friday night, as you create delicate, flowing designs with sumi-e inks. On Saturday, have fun exploring
Paste Papers. Experiment with color, patterns & unique designs, using acrylic paints and a variety of tools to create a portfolio of awesome papers for use in future book and paper projects. You will be shown how to continue creating these painterly papers at home. Then learn 4 bookbinding structures on Sunday and use your painterly papers for awesome covers!


with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress Printing All Levels)*
Friday July 10 6:00-8:00PM
Sat & Sun July 25 & 26 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
(Letterpress - All Levels)
Saturday 10:00-4:00PM

July 11
$125 plus $15 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 Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding All Levels)

Sat & Sun 10AM-4PM
July 18 & 19
$235 plus materials fee $20

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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)
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:00PM

August 8 & 9
$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 (Book Arts Level II)*
Wednesday eves.

* 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.)

Spilling Ink/Marking Water/Capturing Tension
with Suzanne Vilmain (All Levels)
Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM
May 1
$125 plus $15 materials fee

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Suminagashi is a meditation: still as a yoga pose, easy as a brush stroke, magical as capturing a dream. . . .

Description: Learn traditional Japanese marbling as you prepare various sumi inks, dyes and metallics to print with on papers and fabrics. With a single strand of hair, our breath, and soap mixture, move and manipulate abstract forms while reveling in the patterns of chance and surface tension. You will practice making prints that capture a vocabulary of marbled patterns. In the afternoon, assemble these painterly papers into a collaborative edition. You will each have a Japanese folded book to take home along with your beautiful marbled papers.


with Mindy Belloff
(Bookbinding All Levels)
3 Friday Evenings, 6:00-9:00PM
$170 plus materials fee $20

Description: Complete your digital photos, writings, and artwork by creating an artist’s book. We will discuss your specific project as you gain the skills to bind single and folded sheets. Binding structures will include a pamphlet sewn structure, a variety of accordion folds, binding single sheets & precise ways to case in, cover board, and inset titles. Learn proper adhesive applications & techniques for folding, cutting, sewing & tool usage to ensure a neat, professional presentation of your artwork.
(You do not have to be an artist to take this binding course. We will try to answer questoins specific to your project, if you have one, as you learn different structures.)

with Joseph A. Osina
(Beg., Adv Beg, Intermed)
One day session: 10:00AM-4:00PM
$235 plus materials fee $40

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Description: Gain all the basic skills of binding in this fun weekend. You will complete 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.


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 Steve Pittelkow, from Minnesota, teaches extensively and enjoys revealing his secrets for successful marbling. Steve's papers appear in museum collections and are used by binders and book artists nationally and internationally.

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.

REGISTRATION: 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 fill out the Registration Form and send 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. 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 project.

EQUIPMENT: Studio equpiment includes a Vancercook Universal III automatic motorized letterpress with adjustable press bed - max. sheet size 18.5 x 28 for printing linocut, woodcut, engraving plates, photopolymer plates, wood & metal type; antique foot-pedal press (turn-of-the-century, clamshell style) 9x12 chase; Golding Official clamshell press, 5x7 chase; Ettan Etching Press; Book press; Precision 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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