Wood engraving by Keith Cramner
Wood engraving by Keith Cramner


Saturday, March 29th, 9 am - 5 pm
Intermediate Letterpress Printing (prerequisite)



Classic Letterpress 
Ojai, CA 93023  


Ojai Valley Museum
805-640-1390 x203 

2014 Adult Art Classes in Letterpress Printing 

The Ojai Valley Valley Museum is proud to announce the 2014 series of Adult Art Classes, "Letterpress Printing and Hand Bookbinding." The series will be taught by Ojai's own Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress using his local letterpress shop as an adjunct classroom for this new enrichment/educational program. On February 23rd, Kaarina Tienhaara will teach a variety of book structures in conjunction with the second class.

The series is open to the general public. You may choose to take one of the introductory classes in combination with the intermediate class, or just an introductory class alone. Each class is limited to 6 students. Each class is limited to 6 students. Fees and materials fees are outlined below and include registration, supplies and materials you will take home after the class. Materials fees are paid directly to instructor on day of class. Please bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided.

  * ONLINE - Click on the "Register Now!" button below
  * BY PHONE - Call the Museum at (805) 640-1390, x203
  * IN PERSON - At the Museum Administrative Office located at
                        106 N. Blanche Street, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

Advance registration is requested by the Thursday preceding the event.  Questions? Contact Ojai Valley Museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203 or ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net.
Intermediate Letterpress Printing
March 29th, Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Fee:  $125 (plus material fee of $40)

Prerequisite of taking one of the previous classes.
We will build on the experience gained in the previous class. Students will print from photopolymer plates on the Vandercook, as well as from foundry type. The class will include hands-on experience mixing ink to Pantone colors, makeready and registering multiple colors. Discussions will include designing for letterpress, printing halftones and other topics inspired by the interests and experience of the students.
Instructor Biographies
Norman Clayton
Norman Clayton studied typography and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, and graduated in 1990 with a suitcase full of books he designed, printed and bound by hand. The RISD typeshop was the place where his appreciation of letterforms and letterpress was developed because that was where all his passions came together... typography, printing, photography and bookbinding. 
For 12 years, beginning in 1991, he was the printer and manager of One Heart Press in the San Francisco Bay Area. The shop was named One Heart Press because of the mutual appreciation for letterpress shared by Michael Osborne (owner) and Norman. During those days, he learned how to print well and stayed busy printing job work, posters and books. In 2003 he left One Heart Press and began working more closely with his mentor Jim Wehlage. Around 2006, upon his retirement, Jim offered to sell Norman his shop Classic Letterpress which included Adrian Wilson's KSBAZ Heidelberg Cylinder, stone, and a portion of Adrian's library. Norman moved the shop to Oakland and continued his focus on high quality printing.
In 2010, he moved his family and letterpress shop to the beautiful Ojai valley. With the move he was able to triple the size of his shop, acquire more equipment and type, and maintain his clients in the Bay Area while building clientele and community in the Ojai area. Norman continues working happily, with a view of the mountains, as a printer, typographer and teacher for younger printers. He prints posters, fine press books, stationery, invitations, and more for clients, all over the country.