The PopBox Cabinet encore online workshop

July 8th, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Shawn Sheehy
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 8th, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: July 9th, 2023 2:15 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: Online

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $350
Limited scholarships available; click here to apply. US students only, please, due to the materials kit.

This is a two session online workshop. Demand for the June session exceeded class capacity so we've added this new July date!

What’s a PopBox? It’s a pop-up in a box! It’s a paper-engineered structure that moves with the opening of a box rather than a card. When you bind four popboxes together, it’s a PopBox Cabinet.

This collection of popboxes celebrates mutualism (pairs of animals that benefit from hanging out together) so the structures have dimension AND the drama of creature interaction. Join Shawn online in building this colorful, cheerful project—and since it’s built from a pre-cut kit, all you have to do is assemble and enjoy.

The workshop fee includes a mailed kit containing all the pre-cut paper pieces required to complete the project. Students must supply other tools - see list below. Additional kits are available for purchase. Email Shawn for details. Non-US students, please contact us before enrolling to confirm that a kit can be shipped to you.

>> Prerequisite: None. Experience with basic pop-up structures is helpful but not necessary <<

Materials to Bring: 

  • Kit mailed by instructor


  • Ruler
  • Self-healing mat
  • X-acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder (can substitute a butter knife, using the smooth edge)
  • Plastic cup for glue
  • Small brush for glue
  • Screw punch (recommended)
  • PVA (or other strong, white craft glue)
  • Low-tack masking tape
  • (optional) Micro spatula
  • (optional) Tweezers
  • (optional) Book weights


Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2023 :: 10am-2:15pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom.

SFCB online workshops are recorded; all registered students will have access to the videos for a month after the final class session.

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.

Registration will close on June 23 to allow time for kits to ship.

About the Instructor | Shawn Sheehy (he/him)

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:

"Shawn is a phenomenal instructor. Even with such technical material, he was very efficient and effective in teaching via Zoom. His mastery, passion, and teaching style were very inspirational!"

“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.” 

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Online Via Zoom
United States