Arts

Arts workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book are the creative heart of bookmaking –  where concept, materials, form and content come together. You'll find courses on varying approaches for creating an artist's book, the many art processes to capture your vision, and structures to spark your imagination.

Workshops: Arts
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, February 24, 2017, 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Using binders’ board and marbled paper, learn to construct a decorative box with two drawers.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 5:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Imagine the surprise of a Jacob’s Ladder structure combined with the possibilities of a flip book and you've got a Flim Flam book! Take a day and explore the creative potential of two non-traditional book forms.

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Binding, Printing, Arts Open Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, February 27, 2017, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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

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Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

Discover the possibilities of brush lettering. By learning some of the fundamental techniques and principles of letter formation, sign writing, and calligraphy, students will learn how to create their very own letter designs using watercolor and gouache painting methods.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 5, 2017, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Channel your inner Joseph Cornell and create your own forested world in miniature in this 2-day workshop. From folding the scenery to constructing the see-through box to hold it, this class covers all the basics of shadow box creation.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 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: 3
Start: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 9:30 PM
Billy Ola Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Dip your toes into the Middle Ages with this beginning calligraphy course that features the beautiful Uncial script. Whether you have terrible handwriting or are a seasoned calligrapher, this script is easily learned, versatile, and attractive. Get Medieval!

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, March 17, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:00 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

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

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Unleash your imagination and add a level of individuality to your hand lettering in this one-day experiemental calligraphy workshop. Students will learn make two or three different kinds of cola pens and will explore the basics of the pen for mark making and gesture, study a variety of ruling pen alphabets and learn the body language that makes the strokes. No prior calligraphy experience needed.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:30 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!

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Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:30 PM
Billy Ola Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Take your marbling skills to the next level in this workshop where students will learn to marble on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes.

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Binding, Printing, Arts Open Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Make a lovely, layered, 3-dimensional book in this course. Learn another use for the accordion fold, and create an in-depth scene using postcards and photographs.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Make an elegant book using your own creative patterns to design a cover in this workshop that combines simple monotype techniques with the cross structure binding. A perfect structure for a sketchbook or journal, the hand patterning makes it truly unique.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 5:00 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.

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Binding, Printing, Arts Open Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

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

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Binding, Printing, Arts Open Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

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Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. Students in this workshop will stamp brass type and ornaments onto leather, board, and paper.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 PM
End: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:00 PM
Ann Miller

Get comfortable with handling the broad edged pen and start making some beautiful Italic letters! Open the doors to a new world of writing possibilities in this two-day workshop that offers an excellent introduction to the structure and fluid rhythm of Italic letterform.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:00 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

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

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 5:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

This clever Chinese structure looks like a book but inside contains distinctive, smaller connected structures that fold flat and can open up like boxes. Spend an afternoon discovering the intricacies of these containers.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, May 8, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, May 8, 2017, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

If you're looking to add a pop-up element to your book or just looking for an effective way of making an impact on a page then the Turkish Map Fold is for you! This fun structure has a range of possibilities in the book arts world.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, May 14, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, May 14, 2017, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:30 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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, May 19, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, May 19, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Unleash your imagination and add a level of individuality to your hand lettering in this one-day experiemental calligraphy workshop. Students will learn make two or three different kinds of cola pens and will explore the basics of the pen for mark making and gesture, study a variety of ruling pen alphabets and learn the body language that makes the strokes. No prior calligraphy experience needed.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Break out of the clamshell and slip case box for storing your bookish objects. Using binders’ board and marbled paper, learn to construct a decorative box with two drawers as an alternative storage option.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Explore the possibilities of making prints from flowers, plants, and other materials found in nature in this two-day workshop.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 5:00 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Explore the joys of making your own historical decorated papers, then experiment with contemporary designs and inventive techniques.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. Students in this workshop will stamp brass type and ornaments onto leather, board, and paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9:30 PM
Macy Chadwick

Learn techniques for making beautiful images with pochoir, using hand-cut mylar stencils and a dry-brush technique, then bind your images into a sampler book.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Dip your toes into the Middle Ages with this beginning calligraphy course that features the beautiful Uncial script. Whether you have terrible handwriting or are a seasoned calligrapher, this script is easily learned, versatile, and attractive. Get Medieval!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Get your pen, ink, and paper together and strengthen your writing with this upright cursive hand. Learn the basics of constructing the Ronde script that influences our present day handwriting and lettering design. Perfect for making place cards, writing letters, or journaling.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Take your marbling skills to the next level in this workshop where students will learn to marble on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

Discover the possibilities of brush lettering. By learning some of the fundamental techniques and principles of letter formation, sign writing, and calligraphy, students will learn how to create their very own letter designs using watercolor and gouache painting methods.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 28, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this one-day workshop we will explore the possibilities of embossing by hand on paper. Find new insight when adding this effect to poetry, images, a title page, or color study, for a 3D impact that grabs the eye. Easy to learn, fun to use, with stunning results. Come see how it's done!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5:00 PM
Rea de Guzman

If you're looking to begin making artists' books or adding content to existing books, color theory is a great place to start. Through a series of hands-on exercises, this course covers the basics of color theory and acrylic techniques that are essential for artists working in any medium.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 30, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 30, 2017, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Create a magical artists’ book in a day from your own deconstructed drawings.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 3:00 PM
Lara Durback

Use your illustration skills to scratch onto a film negative. Turn your drawing into a polymer plate to print on letterpress. You can get unbelievable line quality from this style of custom image-making without ever using a computer!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Alchemy is more than just turning lead into gold. Trace the history of the process, learn about its applications and identify ways that you can use alchemical influences in your own art in this 4-hour workshop.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 14, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, August 14, 2017, 5:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. Students in this workshop will stamp brass type and ornaments onto leather, board, and paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 18, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

If you’ve never made a monoprint before or haven’t made a monoprint since grade school, now is the time to discover this wonderful method for adding color, texture, gesture, and image to your work. It can be used in a journal, on a lettered broadside, or students can explore and develop the mark-making elements for calligraphy and letterform art. This technique is engaging, easy to learn and works on the most advanced levels.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5:00 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

In this class we will explore the world of titling on books using type and dies for heated applications known as stamping.

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