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 Statussort descending
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 22, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 26, 2019, 5:30 PM
Shawn Sheehy

Combine pop-up and movable book structures to bring dimension and animation to your books. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the fundamentals of paper engineering and learn about the tools and materials of the craft.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

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, August 11, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 11, 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: Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Thursday, August 22, 2019, 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, August 17, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3:00 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 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, August 10, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:00 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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 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: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 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: 4
Start: Friday, September 6, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:30 PM
Steph Rue, Michelle Wilson

In this intensive workshop, students will learn how to make Korean and Japanese handmade paper from scratch. We will experiment with our handmade sheets to create textured and naturally dyed papers that we will then use to make Asian side-stitched books.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 8, 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
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, September 24, 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: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Think outside the standard box! In this workshop students will learn to make several different shaped boxes from various paper materials and custom templates.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 14, 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, September 15, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 15, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 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: Friday, September 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, September 27, 2019, 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. Contemporary, rough, elegant, or wacky, your letter will make an impact. Come discover the potential of the single letterform!

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
Eddie Lee

Explore this innovative relief printing technique that utilizes shapes cut from magnetic sheets as an alternative to traditional printing plates.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
Solange Roberdeau

Featured in the Crown Point Press publication, “The Magical Secrets of Chine Collé”, this workshop will introduce students to a 
contemporary approach to the traditional technique of gilding.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 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: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

This 1-day intensive workshop focuses on showcasing an artist's visual collection of natural curiosities in a truly one of a kind enclosure structure.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 6, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 6, 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: 3
Start: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:30 PM
Raoul Martinez

Whip your copperplate into shape, put it to work and take it into heretofore unexplored realms with flourishing, color and gold leaf.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 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: 1
Start: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nikki Thompson

Captivate readers with this dynamic structure. A seemingly simple codex – which is actually two accordions attached together – opens delightfully to reveal three hidden rooms when the center page is pulled open.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Create a letterpress printed one page wonder. Single sheet books are made out of one sheet of paper and in this workshop students will design and print an edition of one-page folded books while learning to set type and print on a cylinder press.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 14, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 14, 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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this one-day workshop students will make two or three different folded pens or cola pens, then explore the basic strokes for mark making and gesture. Your marks are expressive and very individual with this pen!

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 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, October 26, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 26, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 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, October 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 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: 1
Start: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, October 27, 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: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 6, 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
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 19, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to make a stab binding book that can become a unique travel journal to take on trips and vacations. In this class you will find out how to fold and bind a variety of decorative papers to create a book that can be used to jot down notes, sketches and bright ideas while you’re travelling.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, November 15, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Friday, November 15, 2019, 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, November 16, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 16, 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, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Learn the basics of letterpress printing and analog design as you create and bind simple notebooks to gift or save.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, November 18, 2019, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Gift tags are a quick way to embellish the wrapping of a present or send a quick message to a recipient. Why not get fancy and make some letterpress gift tags for the upcoming season of gift giving?

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 24, 2019, 5:30 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: Monday, December 2, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, December 2, 2019, 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: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Looking to put your marbled papers to use? Learn to make three different projects from marbled paper in this daylong workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 9, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, December 9, 2019, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Runes are fun to study, and a great introduction to calligraphy and handlettering! In this workshop we will explore the 2,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon Runic alphabet, also called Futhark, along with other ancient scripts such as Ogham.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, December 8, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 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: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 5:00 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 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: 2
Start: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 5:30 PM
Kitty Maryatt

Inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s magnificent imagery in La Prose du Transsibérien, you will learn stencil techniques à la française using aluminum plates, French pochoir brushes, and gouache.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

In this class students will learn how to make a working pop-up for any size card they have in mind. The finished product will be a fun, pop-up card that can be used as a greeting/note card.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 9:30 PM
Billy Ola Hutchinson

Pick up where you left off in Hand Lettering with Billy Ola Hutchinson's twist on Copperplate/Spencerian!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 1, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, September 1, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 30, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, November 30, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 1, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 21, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 22, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 22, 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: Saturday, December 28, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 28, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 29, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 29, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 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: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 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: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 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, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 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, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 5:00 PM
Brian Lieske

Spend the day exploring ways to take a commercially available book kit up a notch. You can find pre-sewn textblocks with pre-cut boards ready to put together in many art stores. This workshop will cover the ways to get the best results from the kit using tools you probably have on hand as well as techniques to give the finished project a little something extra.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 10, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 11, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 11, 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.

Wait-list
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 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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