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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Fill your empty books in 2 evenings of sketchbook play! Explore color through various mixing techniques, add imagery with simple image transfers, combine texture and text using collage, and work with prompts for creating imagery and writing.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, November 25, 2018, 4:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Eco Printing is not just for paper! Take a weekend and learn to incorporate this amazing process onto other natural materials while experimenting with the range of printing options including some edible plants.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 26, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, November 26, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Looking for a creative way to produce letterpress printed imagery for your print and book projects? Try pressure printing! Learn the process of building plates made from paper to add graphics to your letterpress prints.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 3, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, December 3, 2018, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

In this popular mail art class, students will be guided through the basics of creating faux postage (a.k.a “artist stamps”) using a variety of different mixed media techniques.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ralph Sanders

Gather your drawings and get ready to transfer your imagery into scratchboard illustration. Learn the basics of this accessible direct engraving technique in this one-day workshop.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Do you have stacks of old books lying around that no longer have monetary, cultural, or personal value and are just taking up space? Transform them into works of art!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Make your own decorative paper and amaze your friends and family! This workshop is a fun introduction to printing on a cylinder proof press, introducing creative techniques such as pressure printing, overlapping print runs, and ghost printing.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:30 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.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Looking for a floral gift that won't wilt? Paper Flowers is your answer! Spend an evening learning to make a variety of blooms out of paper.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30 PM
Michelle Wilson

A one day introduction to handmade paper in the European tradition, as well as the handmade-paper technique of making imagery through pulp painting. Pulp painting involves finely beaten paper pulp that can act like paint to make beautiful images in handmade paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

A fun and versatile box that can be used as a shadow display box or a more traditional puzzle box with beads where you can test your patience. Spend a day creating your own.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Create a watercolor sketchbook small enough to travel with you on any artistic adventure. Students will create an exposed spine sketchbook with magnetic closures, on which they can apply basic design and watercolor techniques.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, January 4, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, January 4, 2019, 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: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 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, January 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, January 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

This extension of our popular Introduction to Western Marbling workshop will help students take their marbling skills to the next level as they learn to marble on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, January 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Finally! An all day image transfer class! Learn the core methods for transferring images and text to all surfaces: paper, fabric, wood and metal, then spend the day playing and exploring the world of image transfers.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, January 18, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, January 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this one-day workshop, students will explore the symbols and signs of ancient and modern African scripts, to awaken fresh insight into form.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine the simple structure of an accordion book with the playful elements of pop-ups and collage. Here's the opportunity to combine content and form to communicate your unique vision.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 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.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Learn the alternative printing technique of pressure printing on the cylinder proof press. Students will create one of a kind designs from a variety of handmade plates.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 5:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Using inks, dyes and acrylics students will learn a variety of surface design techniques such as stenciling, stamping, wax resist, photo-transfer and embroidery to make materials for an expressive and colorful book.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Spend the day exploring and creating patterns for surface design on paper. Get your hands dirty and experiment with a variety of patterns and traditional monoprinting techniques with a contemporary twist.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What kind of book provides all the surprise of a pop-up, and the “wow!” factor of a tunnel book? Carousel books, that’s what! Also known as a “star” book, this structure provides endless opportunities for design and experimentation.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 9:30 PM
Michelle Wilson

From fibers to formed sheets, students in this workshop will learn to make thin yet strong paper in the Japanese tradition.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 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, March 3, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, March 11, 2019, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Fill your empty books in 2 evenings of sketchbook play! Explore color through various mixing techniques, add imagery with simple image transfers, combine texture and text using collage, and work with prompts for creating imagery and writing.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 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, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Do you have stacks of old books lying around that no longer have monetary, cultural, or personal value and are just taking up space? Transform them into works of art!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

With this one-day introductory course, you can make all your books speak with gold or pigmented foils.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 5:00 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Create a watercolor sketchbook small enough to travel with you on any artistic adventure. Students will create an exposed spine sketchbook with magnetic closures, on which they can apply basic design and watercolor techniques.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:38 PM
Ralph Sanders

Gather your drawings and get ready to transfer your imagery into scratchboard illustration. Learn the basics of this accessible direct engraving technique in this one-day workshop.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4:00 PM
John Berry

Learn to create an exciting, one-of-a-kind book from instant film, using a Coptic style stitch.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Drawn to lettering and design? In this workshop you will pattern with punctuation, boil letters down to the bare essentials and get to know the full range of potential of dots and lines so that these marks contribute to your message and are never left to chance.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Have you been dreaming of honing your marbling skills but are unsure of doing it on your own? This workshop will allow you to do just that! Guided by Italian marbler Pietro Accardi, students will have a day to practice techniques learned in SFCB’s Introduction to Marbling workshops and leave with a stack of their own marbled paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

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

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, April 22, 2019, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

Looking to continue your brush lettering practice and improve your skills? You're in luck, we’re adding a few more nights of brush lettering. Students will learn a variety of hand styles such as San Serif, Roman, and Casual Speed alphabets and continue to draw from a myriad of disciplines: sign writing, painting, drawing, typography and calligraphy.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:00 PM
Elaine Chu

Enhance your collage skills and add a new twist to your finished pieces with beeswax. Working with various papers, imagery, and melted wax students will leave class with finished artworks ready to hang.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, April 21, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 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: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michelle Wilson

For any student interested in using handmade paper to create sculptural forms with armatures, this is a class for you!  Students will learn building methods for armatures and ways to wrap and dip their armatures in handmade paper prepared in a way that is called "high shrinkage".

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 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
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

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

Open