The Printed Word Endures: A Certification Course

Virginia Arts of the Book Center

Visitors from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities distribute type back to the case. The Virginia Arts of the Book Center has preserved hundreds of cases of movable type in metal and wood.

Visitors from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities distribute type back to the case. The Virginia Arts of the Book Center has preserved hundreds of cases of movable type in metal and wood.

The Printed Word Endures: A Certification Course
Instructor: Josef Beery
Time: Wednesday afternoons, 4-6 p.m. beginning February 6
Cost: $1000 non-VABC member price
(eligible for UVa Education Benefit)
$925 VABC member price
$500 for students

Josef Beery will begin teaching his acclaimed class, “The Printed Word Endures,” through the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) this Spring. This class had been offered only to undergraduates from UVa and Sweet Briar College, but is now available for anyone in the community to take. The course provides a fascinating look at the history of writing, typography, printing, and the book. Field trips to UVa’s Special Collections and Rare Book School help illuminate this study.

A large part of the course is hands-on in the type shop at the VABC. Students learn the rudiments of hand composition with movable type and are introduced to the hundreds of cases of metal and wooden type owned by the VABC. The class then uses the Vandercook proof press to print a type book from type specimen sheets hand set by each student. Every student leaves the class with this handmade keepsake which is also added to the VABC archive to be used by future students and artists in selecting type. The class is a University of Virginia “Certificate Course” and UVa staff are eligible to use education benefits to pay for the class.

Detailed information including registration and scholarship information is provided on the VABC website.

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