Paper & Fabric Marbling Weeklong Intensive

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August 21st, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Pietro Accardi
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 5
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $850
50% 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. 

This class is designed not only to answer questions about almost everything about marbling, but also to give students a firm foundation upon which to launch themselves into the marbling world. Pietro Accardi will share his knowledge gained from 25 years as a traditional marbler in Italy, as well as the evolution of his style after moving to North America. 

We will start with the basics of marbling on paper and move into textiles such as cotton and silk. The class will also focus on pattern development, beginning with the fundamentals of traditional patterns, then progressing on to more complex patterns and on to the grand finale: Overmarbling.

Pietro will give special attention to color theory and harmony in color combinations. In classical marbling, the use of metallics was not explored due to their heavy weight in the water bath medium; but in this class the instructor will reveal his techniques that have allowed him to work successfully with metallics.

The last two days of class will be dedicated to creating larger marbled pieces. To complete the course students will also have the opportunity to execute at least two marbled scarves in special vats.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided. Students should wear comfortable shoes and clothing that can get wet and/or stained.

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, August 21-25, 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." 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States