Creative workshops

During a creative workshop you will discover at first hand what makes printing, etching or bookbinding a proper craft. We offer three active workshops: 'Cast, typeset and print', 'Etching' and 'Bookbinding'.

Cast, typeset and print

In the printing works, you will discover how type was cast in Christophe Plantin’s time.

Arrange letters in mirror image in a composing stick, make up a complete page and print it off on a genuine press.


The etching technique originated in the 16th century as a new form of reproduction graphics. Contemporaries of Rubens such as Van Dyck and Rembrandt were real virtuosos of etching.

In this workshop you find out how to make an etching as you get to work with a zinc plate, ink and a centuries-old etching press.


Bookbinding used to be a separate trade. If you bought a book from the Plantin press, all you got was the printed pages. You then had to have them bound by a bookbinder. The nice thing about this was that you could determine how the book looked yourself. Rich people opted for leather covers with gold leaf, a coat of arms or their own emblem. Sometimes there was even a lock on the cover!

You will learn the basic techniques and bind your very first book. There’s plenty of choice: private diaries, notebooks, photo albums…

Booking a workshop

  • length: 1,5 hours or 2 hours
  • charge: €85 for supervising a 1,5-hour workshop and €95 for 2 hours + €5 administration fee
  • maximum 12 people
  • book at least three weeks in advance through Visit Antwerpen
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