Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
June 3rd, 2023 9:30 AM
- Instructor: Pietro Accardi
- Workshop Type: Arts
- Workshop Status: Open
- Sessions: 1
- In-person or Online?: In-person
Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $225
Scholarship available; click here to apply.
This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required, unless otherwise indicated.
In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.
*Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the of the day.
>> Prerequisite: None <<
Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided. Please wear comfortable shoes for standing that you don't mind getting wet.
Date & Time: Saturday, June 3, 2023 :: 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103
NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class.
About the Instructor | Pietro Accardi (he/him)
Pietro Accardi owned a Bookbindery in Turin (Italy) for 12 years. He worked for Turin’s main Library, Municipal Archives, and University Libraries restoring and binding documents and books. He also runs his own paper marbling and decorative box making business. Now he lives near Lake Tahoe with wife, cats and a studio. He is currently working for the library of special collections of University of Reno doing restoration work and teaches workshops.
Past Student Reviews:
“We consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have had the opportunity to learn paper marbling from Pietro. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, organized and a natural teacher. He encouraged each of us to explore marbling within our personal styles of creativity and to be adventurous with new techniques. The quality and quantity of materials he provided were most appreciated.”
"His joy in marbling and helping his students produce magnificent results was obvious and infectious."
"The instructor was knowledgeable, personable and a natural teacher. He generously shared the wisdom he has gained from years of paper marbling."
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133