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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, September 26, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 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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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, October 1, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 8, 2018, 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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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 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, October 7, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 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.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 8, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, October 8, 2018, 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: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine accordion folds, signatures, and a piano hinge spine to create a unique book with a playful hiding place.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 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: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Unleash your imagination and add a level of individuality to your hand lettering in this one-day experimental 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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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 15, 2018, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. In this workshop, students will stamp brass type and ornaments onto paper, board covered with bookcloth, and leather.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 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.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, October 30, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 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: 1
Start: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 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, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 12:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. In this workshop, students will stamp brass type and ornaments onto paper, board covered with bookcloth, and leather.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, November 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 5:30 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 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.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, November 12, 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.

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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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, November 16, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, November 16, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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: 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