Workshops

San Francisco Center for the Book offers more than 300 workshops each year in three broad categories: Printing, Binding, and Related Arts. Registration begins as soon as each trimester's workshops are announced, and continues throughout the trimester. You are encouraged to register early, as class size is limited and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register online, though you are welcome to register in person or by phone at 415-565-0545. Please note that we cannot reserve your place in a workshop without having received full payment. If the workshop is already full, you will be placed on a wait list and notified if space becomes available. Please visit our Registration Policies page for complete information.

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Scroll through the complete workshop listing below. Click on a heading to sort the list by workshop type, instructor, date, etc. You can also view workshop categories via the menu bar – select All Workshops and a sub-menu will come up with a choice of printing, binding and arts workshops.

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Workshops: All
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Saturday, June 6, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 5:00 PM
Raoul Martinez

Copperplate is a calligraphic script that is written with a flexible pointed nib. It can be used for formal occasions and anything that calls for refined elegance.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

In this class we will be using collage techniques to create a book with pop-up elements and a hardcover that nestles nicely in an upcycled tin.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Fold a little paper, decorate it with your own drawings, use a blade for cutting, and a glue-stick to piece it all together – et voila, a miniature pop-up theatre!

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 10, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, July 10, 2020, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Closed
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 3
Start: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

After Orientation to Leather, take the plunge into the world of leather bookbinding with Leather Core 1. In this 3-day workshop students will refine their leather working skills while making a book that advances the skills learned in Bookbinding Core 4.

Closed
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper.

Closed
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Learn to set type and print on the Vandercook cylinder press; use your newfound knowledge to print a lampshade to light up your home.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, July 12, 2020, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 20
Start: Monday, July 13, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 7, 2020, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

In this comprehensive, four-week master class, students will get to experience all the steps involved in making a fine designed binding with one of SFCB’s most experienced teachers, Dominic Riley.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:00 PM
End: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:00 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

In this fun and fascinating workshop students will learn the art of linoleum carving (linocut) to create simple, stunning prints on a cylinder press.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine the simple structure of an accordion book with playful elements such as pop-ups, collage, photo-transfer and embroidery. In this class you will find out how to use the dimensional qualities of pop-ups to express poetic, narrative, or purely visual themes, and how to incorporate mixed media to convey your ideas.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 18, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 18, 2020, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 18, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

The Ideal Sketchbook is modeled on the those used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered the Lake District to draw and write. Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, it was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great Romantic poets and artists.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

If you’ve been seeking an interesting and elegant way to house your book and paper structures or you’re just looking for a beautiful, non-traditional box for storing things, this workshop is your answer. Spend a day learning to construct a charming and functional hatch-top box with a bottom drawer.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Make your own meditation scroll, a unique design and process developed by the instructor. There will be a brief history of the scroll and an introduction to focused awareness and stillness in the making of art.

Closed
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 24, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 24, 2020, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Let your fingers loose and watch your wrists dance with these broad edge pen twists, rotations, slides and pivots. Poise at the top and skate down the page with new moves. Learning how to make these Bone Alphabet letters promotes rhythm and greater flexibility for invention of all kinds of forms that will enliven your drawing and bring freedom and expression to your writing.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 26, 2020, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

A great class for beginners, this album can also be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 5:00 PM
Robin Weinert

This 4-hour version of our popular Introduction to Letterpress class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press with more hands-on time for students to work with typesetting and printing. Come play with us!

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 26, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 26, 2020, 5:30 PM
Brian Lieske

Build a decorative box that is its own magic trick. This box has three compartments, but only one or two are visible at a time. The lid hinges in two directions hiding the contents of the other compartments.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, July 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, July 27, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to make a unique tag book using gift tags, accordion fold techniques and collage. By adding stamping, photo-transfer and mixed media you will create a book that can include playful secret pockets and colorful painterly elements.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, July 30, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Learn how to properly maintain a hand-fed Cylinder Proof Press as well as how to adjust it so that it prints beautifully.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn how to restore your dictionaries, encyclopedias and cookbooks with this extremely robust binding. A perfect class for bookbinders of all levels.

Closed
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of stationery printed from polymer plates.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Tired of having to wrestle with your beloved books as you read them? Then this class is for you. Learn how to take a glued-back paper-covered book and transform it into something more durable and beautiful.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

This all-adhesive structure is perfect for turning single sided media like photographs and prints into an elegant double sided book structure.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Closed
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 3, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

Learn the fundamentals of digital design for letterpress! Students will learn key skills for software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. We will explore best practices for handling photographic and vector images as well as setting digital type for photopolymer plate production.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Step back in time and enjoy making your own model of the earliest known codex binding, famous for containing the controversial Gnostic Gospels.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 5:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Looking for a new way to express yourself? Why not take your words, cut them out, and fold them up? Learn basic paper cutting and folding techniques in this evening workshop.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

This 1-day intensive workshop focuses on showcasing an artist's visual collection of natural curiosities in a truly one of a kind enclosure structure.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 9:30 PM
Rea de Guzman

Step up your mixed media techniques and new layers of content to your collage and book arts projects with this introductory course to image transfers. Students will learn a variety of transfer techniques and leave with samples to take home and incorporate into their own art processes.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Friday, August 14, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:30 PM
Shawn Sheehy

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. Imagine binding drawer-like boxes into a sort of book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes will be something mechanical made from paper. In this workshop you will learn to build just such a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Collage is a process of exploration: with X-Acto in hand, we sift through old magazines, discarded books, and other scraps and ephemera in search of patterns, looking to unite images that were once separate. Learn how to stock your toolkit before you set out while getting a hands-on introduction to collage!

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

This marbling lab takes the art of traditional paper marbling to a new level by introducing metallics to the pigments normally used and experimenting with over-marbling techniques. The shining hues of copper, silver, bronze, gold and pearl will transform a sheet of paper into an iridescent wonder.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Do you love the alchemy of printed words and images that mix and grow with the turning of pages? Do the complex layers of meaning that can arise within a book fascinate you? If so, the Artists’ Book is a medium worthy of your exploration. Begin to delve into this rich and expanding format in this one-day class that introduces the history, basic structures, and an overview of the practices used by book artists. Bring your own quotes, short poems, or images and craft a book during the day to get a taste of the joy that is the making of Artists’ Books.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 17, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 21, 2020, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

St. Cuthbert’s Gospel is a small binding, very beautiful and exquisitely made, and is of tremendous importance to bookbinders not only as an example of early English binding, with its intriguing construction, but also for its decoration, which draws on Islamic, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon influences.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 17, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 17, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Need a bit of storage in book form? Created by Hedi Kyle, the blizzard book is useful for holding coupons, recipes, business cards and many other small treasures.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:00 PM
Paula Gloistein

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 10:00 PM
Meri Brin

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Risograph, a marriage of silkscreen meeting photocopier. In this class you’ll create and edition print a 2-4 color poster.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

After taking Polymer Core 1, learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Now that you've completed the Cylinder Core series, you can become certified on the Jobbing Platen, a true workhorse of the letterpress printing world. Learn the ins-and-outs of this press that's great for large editions.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 5:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Championed by conservator/bookbinder Carmencho Arregui, this book structure can easily be made in a few hours – the perfect thing if you’re interested in making a gift for a friend or a new sketchbook/journal for yourself!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 5:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Spend a joyful afternoon learning this centuries old process that produces exciting, intricate designs, and offers endless possibilities for decorating paper. Colorful and fun, this method is easy to learn and the papers created can be used for many purposes.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
Sarah Songer

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 4:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn the basics of pochoir, a stenciling technique that is great for editioning and book art. Pochoir will help you add color and depth to your projects.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 28, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, August 28, 2020, 9:30 PM
Steph Rue

In this introductory workshop, students will learn about the history, techniques, tools, and materials of Korean bookbinding.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 5:30 PM
Meri Brin

After completing the Introduction to the Risograph Class, you can now work on your own Risograph project. Consider a poster or series of postcards, pamphlet zine or single-page structure.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 5:30 PM
Steph Rue

Ever wonder what to do with your small paper scraps that you just can't throw away? In this class we will learn how to piece together paper scraps to create a patchwork of art. We will base our method and design on traditional Korean wrapping cloths called "bojagi."

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
Katherine Dedlow

Learn to create an image suitable for woodcut, then carve your image by hand, and use that block of wood to make a suite of paper prints. It doesn't get much easier than that!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

This class will present a brief history of Surrealism and discuss the principles and techniques of the Surrealist methods as a “way of working” that can “crossover” and be applied to your own arts projects. Each participant will create a collage/assemblage using the principles and practices of Surrealism identified in the class.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, September 12, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 5:30 PM
Susan Lowdermilk

In this workshop, students will learn basic pop-up techniques and simple electronic circuitry and combine them into an accordion book illuminated with LED lights that are specifically designed for paper arts!

Open
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:30 PM
Jessica Spring

With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles) we’ll explore two engaging historic structures that amuse and inform.

Open