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, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, June 30, 2017, 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: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, July 6, 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.

Open
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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 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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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:00 AM
End: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 3:00 PM
Pam Deluco

Have you ever wondered how in the world paper is made? Then this workshop which introduces the materials, processes, and equipment used in Western hand papermaking is for you!

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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, July 25, 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.

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.

Open
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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 2, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 4, 2017, 11:00 AM
End: Friday, August 4, 2017, 3:00 PM
Pam Deluco

Have you ever wondered how in the world paper is made? Then this workshop which introduces the materials, processes, and equipment used in Western hand papermaking is for you!

Open
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!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 11, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, August 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 13, 2017, 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
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, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 14, 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: 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.

Open
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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 21, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, August 21, 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.

Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, September 1, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, September 1, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, September 6, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Don’t get cornered into only square boxes! Artist books and bound treasures often need creative ways to house them, and here’s the class to learn how to build them.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:00 AM
End: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3:00 PM
Pam Deluco

Have you ever wondered how in the world paper is made? Then this workshop which introduces the materials, processes, and equipment used in Western hand papermaking is for you

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify, to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand. This particular edition will feature binding instructor Juliayn Coleman as the monitor. Bring in your binding projects that have you stumped, and she'll provide advice and encouragement. This would be a great time for those who have taken Juliayn's classes to review course material, but all are welcome.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, September 28, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 23, 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, September 24, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, September 26, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, September 29, 2017, 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: 1
Start: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:00 AM
End: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 3:00 PM
Pam Deluco

Have you ever wondered how in the world paper is made? Then this workshop which introduces the materials, processes, and equipment used in Western hand papermaking is for you!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 19, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, October 6, 2017, 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, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 8, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 8, 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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 9, 2017, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

In this continuation of Jennie’s popular “Mail Art 101” 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, October 14, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 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, October 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 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: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 21, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 22, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 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, October 28, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, October 28, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, November 1, 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.

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

Channel your inner Joseph Cornell and create a winter wonderland 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: 2
Start: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 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: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:30 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, November 10, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, November 10, 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.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 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: 1
Start: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 12:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn to make an adorable library of books small enough to fit in your pocket! Share your love of books by creating a set of tiny tomes to wear and share.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Make a modern illuminated letter! Beginners to advanced students will explore historical models, study the anatomy of the letter, and learn how to draw a decorated letterform. Fancy, elegant, or wacky, your letter will make an impact!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9:30 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Make your own medication 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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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Play with paint and combs to make paste paper patterns, gather botanicals and textures for printing with gelatin, and fold and dip dye to create geometric patterns on paper.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 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: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Decorate your space in style with this fun twist on traditional bookbinding skills. Learn to combine paper and binders’ board to create lovely three dimensional geometric shapes that are sure to jazz up any room.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, December 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, December 6, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this workshop students will learn to make folded pens, also know as cola pens, exploring the basic strokes for mark making and gesture, as well as a variety of alphabets. Your own unique marks with this very individual with this pen!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

It's that time of the year when presents abound. Make your gifts and holiday greetings stand out with hand patterned embellishments made from your own carved soft block. Take an evening and learn to personalize your gift giving this year.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 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, December 16, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, December 16, 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, December 28, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, December 28, 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.

Open