Workshops

Workshops

San Francisco Center for the Book offers more than 300 workshops each year in three broad categories: Printing, Binding, and Related Arts. Registration begins as soon as each trimester's workshops are announced, and continues throughout the trimester. You are encouraged to register early, as class size is limited and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register online, though you are welcome to register in person or by phone at 415-565-0545. Please note that we cannot reserve your place in a workshop without having received full payment. If the workshop is already full, you will be placed on a wait list and notified if space becomes available. Please visit our Registrations Policies page for complete information.

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Scroll through the complete workshop listing below. Click on a heading to sort the list by workshop type, instructor, date, etc. You can also view workshop categories via the menu bar – select All Workshops and a sub-menu will come up with a choice of printing, binding and arts workshops.
 

Workshops: All

Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Wait-list
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:30 PM
Elizabeth Boyne

Use collage and paper cutouts to create pressure prints, a letterpress technique that creates multiple, rich image layers from one run on the press.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 10, 2015, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Spend a week exploring the elegance of the classic millimeter binding and its variations, and learn several techniques that are rarely explored in ordinary bindings.

Open
Binding, Printing, ArtsOpen Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, July 6, 2015, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 12, 2015, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

When leather bindings break at the joints, the traditional approach is to reback the binding with leather. In this workshop, Dominic will show how to use Japanese tissue as an effective alternative.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Binding, Printing, ArtsOpen Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 12, 2015, 11:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

St, Cuthbert’s Gospel is a small binding, very beautiful and exquisitely made, and is of tremendous importance to bookbinders not only as an example of early English binding, with its intriguing construction, but also for its decoration, which draws on both Islamic, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon influences.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy 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.

Wait-list
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Become one with the brush as you practice the techniques of dishu, the art of writing on the ground. A series of structured and free-form exercises will introduce you to the concept, forms, and process of drawing with the giant brush. We’ll practice indoors with ink and move outside to work on the ground with water. Ephemeral graffiti!

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Learn how to maintain your platen press; get tips on troubleshooting and basic repair.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, this binding was the “daybook” of choice for the great Romantic English poets and artists. Learn this structure in this full day class with Master Binder Dominic Riley.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. Print your own cards!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Learn to make three different styles of Japanese bindings and wrap them in a traditional chitsu enclosure.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This structure is an extremely elegant one suitable for presenting suites of prints, drawings or photographs and is the perfect accompaniment to the Ideal Sketchbook.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 9:30 PM
Mark Faigenbaum

In this class, we’ll explore ways to bring a third dimension into our collage work.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 24, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 24, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 25, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 6:00 PM
Carol Brighton, Pietro Accardi

In this one-day workshop learn European and Japanese paper marbling techniques, with two instructors. A day to experiment making beautiful decorative papers!

Wait-list
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, July 27, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, July 27, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Make notebooks and other printed goods using the Kwikprint Foil Stamper. Learn resources for finding affordable and repurposed supplies to stamp on, and bring your own scraps to foil stamp.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Get medieval! Learn the history and fundamentals of Gothic Textura in this introductory calligraphy workshop.

Wait-list
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, setting gauge pins, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Take a glued-back paper-covered book and transform it into something more durable and beautiful.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Bring digital back into analog in this final Core Certificate Program course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make the plates print fantastic. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding, Printing, ArtsOpen Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 3, 2015, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, August 3, 2015, 10:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Are you longing to take your bookbinding to the next level? Take this one day, beginner’s level class on the exquisite longstitch! Not only will you learn the ins and outs of this traditional German, non-adhesive, stitch pattern binding, but you’ll also learn to laminate decorative papers to create sturdy and malleable book covers.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Explore the unique capabilities and three-dimensional movement of the flag book—a structure composed of crisscrossing “flags” or small pages attached to an accordion-folded spine.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

Create embossed (or debossed) designs on book weight paper without the need for heavy equipment.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, August 10, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy 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.

Wait-list
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 14, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

The caterpillar stitch is a unique and organic binding that has a hundreds of variations and applications, which bring attention to the materials and add context to a binding.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Learn the techniques involved in making beautiful inked, graphite, and gilt edges in this workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
Jillian Bruschera

Turn paper trash into paper treasure in this 3-hour introductory hand papermaking workshop. Learn how to make pulp out of recyclables and practice basic papermaking techniques including: simple western-style sheet-pulling, inclusions, and laminations.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 17, 2015, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Learn how to turn simple blocks of wood, photocopies and beeswax into personal works of art.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Fold a small little pop-up theatre, decorate it with your own drawing, use an x-acto knife for cutting, and a glue-stick to glue it together – voila!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

Learn the fundamentals of digital design for letterpress! Students will learn key skills for software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. We will explore best practices for handling photographic and vector images as well as setting digital type for photopolymer plate production.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Discover how to dampen paper, use bearers, and finesse rubber- and oil-based inks on Cylinder and Jobbing Platen Presses for better ink coverage and control.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn to print on a press small enough to fit into almost any studio! This workshop is ideal for beginners, especially those interested in printing cards and invitations.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Although this Chinese structure looks like a book, inside are very distinctive small connected structures that fold flat but can open up like boxes.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

In this one-day workshop learn to construct a protective box with a lift-off top for collections of prints or books.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 28, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking. It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What is a “Flim Flam book”? Imagine the surprise element of a Jacob’s Ladder structure combined with the possibilities of a flip book and you’ll have an idea of what kind of flim flam we’ll be creating!

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 PM
Adam Ewing

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 5:30 PM
Nicholas Yeager

Sew a small text block on cords and lace onto wooden boards, cover spine in leather & decorate – all in 1 day!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

After taking Polymer Core 1, learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Margaret Morgan

Move away from traditional forms of calligraphy towards an alphabet of your own


Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

The folded screen had its origins in China but spread to other parts of Asia, notably Japan. Our small-scale screen – about nine inches tall - comprises six panels joined by paper piano hinges. This makes a lovely accordion structure – easy to store, flat, but beautiful to look at in its open three-dimensional form.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

Make four different pop-up toy theaters! Have a day of fun and also solve your Christmas present challenge with these distinctive handmade gifts.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson’s favorite paper engineering technique. Make four different shops – florist, fashion, toys and confectionary. A very unusual and fascinating structure!

Open

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