Roll-Up : Pop-Up Books (Level 1) online workshop

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March 5th, 2021 5:00 PM

  • Instructor: Shawn Sheehy
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: March 5th, 2021 5:00 PM
  • Workshop End: March 7th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Sessions: 3

This is a three-session online workshop, all times Pacific:
Friday, March 5, 5-7pm
Saturday, March 6, 1-4pm
Sunday, March 7, 1-4pm

You have explored the pop-up how-to books. You're ready to make your own pop-up project. You are stymied by the question: "How do I adapt these classic, foundational structures to make MY OWN structures?"

This workshop will help you think through that problem by exploring three different structures at three levels: foundational, transitional, and transformational. To add to the fun, you will employ an innovative roll-up binding approach (think scroll rather than codex) for the pop-up folios. In the end you will have a tidy bound collection of study models that will propel you to the next step of pop-up invention. All are welcome!

This workshop is the first in a series of three. The Level 1 structures are simplest. Levels 2 and 3 are increasingly more sophisticated. All levels will accommodate beginners. At each level, experienced participants will be challenged in new ways.

Materials to Bring:

• ruler
• self-healing mat
• xacto knife
• pencil
• bone folder (optional)
• micro spatula (optional)
• tweezers (optional)
• scissors (optional)
• screw punch (optional)

• PVA or other white craft glue
• low-tack masking tape
• at least 6 sheets 8.5" x 11" white 110 lb index stock
• at least 2 sheets 8.5" x 11" color 80 lb cover stock (see below)
• at least 3 sheets 8.5" x 11" white copy paper
• 1 sheet 8.5" x 11" 140 lb cover stock
• 1 roll of 1/4" 415 tape (optional)
Three options for purchasing 80 lb cover stock variety packs: 
Colorful Matte Basics Variety Cardstock Weight Paper from
AC Cardstock Paper Packs from
10-piece Color Paper Pack from ARCH Art Supplies

You would also be welcome to use additional sheets of the white stock, which you might then choose to color by hand.

Workshop Fee: $250

Tuition assistance is available; please apply here.

Date & Time: 3 sessions :: Friday-Sunday :: March 5-7, 2021 :: See description above for class times

Location: Online via Zoom

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About the Instructor | Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy's trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Past Student Reviews:

“It was a fabulous workshop.”

“Had fun being led through pop-up making instead of trying to figure a pop-up out through reading a book; instruction in a workshop includes warnings of accidental diversions and allows for in-the-moment questions and answers.”

“The whole setup was great. The content of the workshop was a good level too - I am a pop-up novice but felt I could manage to follow along quite easily.”

"This was a fantastic experience. Shawn is the best. He is knowledgable and so patient."

“The best best workshop I have taken on Zoom.”

Online Via Zoom
United States