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Learn the ART of the BOOK
Create Elegant
Image and Text
Create a
Work with an ETCHING PRESS
Make your IDEAS a Reality

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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 classes (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. Please call to inquire about the best class for your interests.

Get in touch with your Imagination & Creativity!

Class Schedule

September/October with
Additional workshops To Be Announced...


Join us on Sunday, September 12
for the Brooklyn Book Fair!
Brooklyn Borough Hall 10am-6pm

Give Yourself or Someone You Love the GIFT of ART
Letterpress Classes or Private Instruction!

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

Studio on the Square - 32 Union Square East, Studio 310
917-412-4134 - -

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We've introduced hundreds of students to the Art of the Book
Read what students have to say about our Workshops:

"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!

Learn twice as much in half the time
with unsurpassed individual instruction & crazy-small class sizes
at Studio on the Square!
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Book Restoration Marathon

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding & Repair - All Levels)
Sat/Sun 10AM-4PM Sept 11 & 12
$285 plus $30 studio fee
Sunday, 10AM-4PM October 31
$150 plus $25 studio fee

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Focus on traditional restoration techniques as you 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
(Book Arts Level III)*

Tuesday eves. 6-9PM
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
* Dates Ongoing

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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 your book ideas become reality!

{Required: The Art of the Book weekend intensive

Stationery, Greeting Cards, Art Prints, & More!
with Mindy Belloff (Letterpress Printing All Levels)*
5 Wednesday eves, 6:30-9:30PM
September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13

(no class September 8)
 (+ outside plate costs)


: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.)

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

5 Thursday eves, 6-9:30PM
September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14
Please Inquire
(possible alt. Tuesday eves)

$595 plus $40 studio fee

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Description: With close guidance, you will make your own personalized, custom 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 press. You will gain an understanding of planning, paper qualities, and specialized printing. You will create a one-color main invitation + reply card for your special day, on paper you will choose on your own, and print them in elegant letterpress! If you would like to combine this with a design from your home computer, we will guide you in this too. This is perfect for a quantity of 50-100. If you are planning on a larger edition or complex design, you may rent additional time outside of class (please inquire).

(Suggested: Introduction to Letterpress)

with Mindy Belloff (Beginning Letterpress)
(Beginning Letterpress)
Sunday, 12:00-3:30PM

September 19
$80 plus studio fee $30

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Description: Get a taste of the elegant printing of the 15th century. Experience the fun & fundamentals of letterpress: learn how to hand set real metal type, the origins of our alphabet, lock-up, inking & printing on our Vandercook Uni III. A great introduction to printing beautiful impressions.

You will go home with a dozen bookmarks in type you set yourself, of your favorite quote!

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress All Levels)
4 Monday eves, 6-9PM
September 20, 27, October 4 & 18
(no class October 11)

$295 plus $40 studio fee

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Description: From the historic to the digital and back again, experiment with letterpress printing, as you set type by hand, in the 15th century tradition. Discover the elegance of working with moveable wood and metal type. Learn type composition, inking, impression, and press adjustment on the Vandercook printing press. Extend your current art making practice, integrating your own ideas and narrative elements into a broadside edition poster, postcard, greeting card, or print series. You may combine digital, photographic and painterly images utilizing multiple colors and overlays, and add lyrical writing and poetry, as you develop your individual projects. Come get your hands dirty, and make beautiful, multiple impressions!

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress - All Levels)

Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-4PM
September 25 & 26

$295 plus $30 studio fee

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: In this weekend 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, & art posters. You will also increase your knowledge of operating a Vandercook proof press.

with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Letterpress)

Friday eve 6:30-9:30PM
October 15
$80 plus $30 studio fee

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Description: Do it yourself as you make your own personalized stationery! Learn the elegant printing of the 15th century letterpress:you will hand set real metal type, understand the origins of our alphabet, learn press lock-up, inking & printing and edition on our Vandercook Uni III. A great introduction to printing beautiful impressions.

You will go home with a set of two-dozen personalized notecards with matching envelopes, in type you set and printed yourself!


with Mindy Belloff (Book Arts Level I)
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00AM-4:30PM
October 16 & 17
$295 plus studio fee $40

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Description: Combine text & images to effectively communicate ideas, emotions and stories in the form of an artist's book. For the binding component, you will make 4 different bookbinding structures. For the printing component, you will set type, print letterpress or create a drypoint image that you will print on our etching press. Printmaking processes will be demystified and digital techniques revealed. We will view and discuss over 50 artist books from the instructor's collection. The wealth of information in this weekend is like our 12-week semester in only two-days! You will emerge with a solid understanding of processes involved in producing an editioned book, your own book mock-up, and new ideas to jump start your artist's books and editions.

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


with Mindy Belloff
(Beginning Book Arts)
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
October 23
$150 plus materials fee $30

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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, learn to 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 Mindy Belloff
(Prints/Letterpress All Levels)
Sunday 10:00AM-4:30PM

October 24
$150 plus $30 materials fee

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Description: Create an image and print an edition in one day! Using a linoleum relief block, learn secrets for carving your image & print it in 1 or 2-colors in perfect registration on our letterpress. Image printing is demystified in this one-day workshop, as you create a print series in the studio. You will also be shown the "green" way to create additional images at home for your art prints and greeting cards.


with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress Printing All Levels)*
Friday eve, 6:30-9:30 PM October 29
Sat/Sun 10AM-4PM November 13 & 14

$440 (+ outside plate costs)


: 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)

10:00AM-4:00PM  October 30
$150 plus $35 studio fee

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: In this intensive you will have a block of time to print with metal and wood type. Create beautiful note cards, print a quotation, and work on an art poster - all in one day! Increase your knowledge of operating a Vandercook proof press, learning composition, inking and impression. A great way to begin or extend your letterpress journey, and sign up for future independent class sessions.

with Joseph A. Osina
(Beg., Adv Beg, Intermed)

Sat/Sun 10AM-4PM
November 6 & 7
$285 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.

with Joseph A. Osina
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM
November 20

$145 plus 35 materials fee

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: Construct a box with a separate lid, covered with silk book cloth. The box will be 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
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Saturday & Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Weekend Intensive


$285 plus materials fee $

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Description: A complicated box structure, in this weekend we will break it all down as you learn to measure, cut, and glue with precision, constructing 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".

(Recommended: Bookbinding)

with Mindy Belloff
(Bookbinding All Levels)
Friday 6-8:30PM, Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM


$190 plus $35 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
(Book Arts/Letterpress All Levels)
Weekend Intensive
Friday 6-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-4PM


$285 plus materials fee $30

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Description: In the tradition of the hand printed, illustrated book a la Gutenberg, print a series relief blocks with 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 10 printed books!

with Mindy Belloff
(Letterpress AII Levels)
5 Tuesday evenings: 6:00-9:00PM

$345 plus $30 studio 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 (Book Arts Level II)*
Tuesday eves.

* Dates Ongoing *

(choose 4 or 6 week session)

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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. You will be guided to develop your vision & choose the best techniques for your project: wood or linoleum relief, drypoint, etching, typesetting, digital processes and/or polymer plate printing. Create an intimate artwork, explore narrative sequencing, & release your inner voice.

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



: 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!


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; 2003 NEA Book Grant recipient.

Artist Steven Daiber, book artist (Red Trillium Press), printmaker, & student of nature; taught at Hampshire College & various print shops in Cuba & Vietnam in lithography, silkscreen, etching and woodcut; private & public collections.
Artist Joseph A. Osina, printmaker, book artist; book & paper conservator at NYPL; founding member of Manhattan Graphics Center; teaches monoptype, bookbinding and book restoration; art work 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 Gallery, & Fogg Museum.

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 on PDF File below for Registration Form & class listing.

  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 tuition. 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.

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; Challenge Guillotine; Great selection of lead 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.

  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:
An Intimate Setting for Learning

32 Union Square East, Studio 310
New York, NY 10003

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