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: 2
Start: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 9:30 PM
Rea de Guzman

Explore the fun and intuitive nature of collage in this introductory, 2-week workshop. We will navigate through this picture-making technique by composing and layering found images and other materials on a blank picture plane surface, with the option to combine painted or drawn marks.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 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: Sunday, April 19, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 19, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, April 20, 2020, 10:00 AM
End: Friday, April 24, 2020, 4:00 PM
Aimee Lee

Our planet's abundance of plants has provided food, shelter, and clothing for humans across cultures, from past to present. This course will focus on how specific natural materials were used in Korea to make lace from bark, rope from paper, color from fruit, and 2D/3D objects from hanji: Korean paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, April 20, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, April 20, 2020, 9:30 PM
Hope Amico

Starting with a simple folded form, we will explore the possibilities of making small books that are easy to photocopy and share. With this framework we will delve into the ideas of introspection and nostalgia and create a small library of work inspired by the current exhibition at SFCB.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, April 21, 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: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:00 PM
End: Thursday, April 23, 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, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 5:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Children’s board books make a great base for altered book projects. This class will show you how to transform a board book into a handmade art book using collage, acrylic techniques, and stamping. Students will discover how to add playful secret pockets, tags, and pop-ups to add elements of dimension and surprise.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, April 26, 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, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 2, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, May 3, 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
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Monday, May 4, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, May 18, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, May 7, 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.

Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, May 8, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Friday, May 8, 2020, 5:00 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, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, May 11, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, May 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
Radha Pandey

In this intensive introductory class, students will learn six book structures, building narratives using text and image, and will the basics of printing. They will create a small edition of artist books for trade with others in the class.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, May 19, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30 PM
Peter Thomas

What goes into making a book? Learn the steps in this weekend workshop! From making paper, to letterpress printingin on that paper and then binding a flag book, this class covers it all. Expect beautiful textures, colorful combinations of images & letters, and a beautiful book.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 3:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Find out how to create a unique art book using textiles, stitching, inks and collage. We start by adhering a patchwork of fabrics onto freezer paper. When dried the resulting strip of material peels off the freezer paper and is ready to be folded into an accordion.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, June 3, 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: 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 6:00 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, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 14, 2020, 5:30 PM
Nikki Thompson

This book structure is a dynamic concertina that will wow the viewer. Combining the concertina with ribbons and pamphlets allows for an expanding and collapsing book unlike no other.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, June 15, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, June 19, 2020, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

During this comprehensive marbling class, students will gain an overview of western marbling techniques creating works on paper and textiles with an eye to patterns and color theory. This class is designed not only to answer questions about almost every aspect of marbling, but also to give students a firm foundation upon which to launch themselves into the marbling world.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Is your pasta machine taking up too much space in the kitchen? Why not try moving it to your studio instead. In this workshop students will have the opportunity to learn how to use their pasta machine for printing small dry-point prints.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, June 22, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, June 22, 2020, 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: Monday, June 22, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 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
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, June 27, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 28, 2020, 4:30 PM
Dorothy Yuki

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

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 28, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 28, 2020, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

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

Open
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.

Open
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!

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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
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
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, 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
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
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