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. Photography: Jason Nowak. (jason-nowak.com)

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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 Titlesort descending Instructor Summary Status
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: May 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 2, 2014, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Create a hardback accordion and spend an evening exploring the versatility of this structure by creating a content-driven book.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum
Sessions: 1
Start: May 24, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: May 24, 2014, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

If you've taken the basic floor model platen press class, but some issues remain perplexing this is the class for you! Also the instructor has been anointed the Queen of Weird Lock-Ups. Need we say more?

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 3
Start: June 18, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 28, 2014, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

After attending a Letterpress Core Printing Workshop and the Photopolymer Plate Making Lab, take Advanced Letterpress Production Printing to learn the essential skills for creating professional-quality editions on both the platen press and the Vandercook cylinder press.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 3
Start: April 18, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: April 27, 2014, 5:30 PM
James Tucker

After attending a Letterpress Core Printing Workshop and the Photopolymer Plate Making Lab, take Advanced Letterpress Production Printing to learn the essential skills for creating professional-quality editions on both the platen press and the Vandercook cylinder press.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum
Sessions: 1
Start: May 13, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 13, 2014, 9:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

If you love wood cuts or hand drawn fonts this class is for you! Students will be introduced to a variety of methods to produce “films” for production of polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: July 21, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 25, 2014, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Make an elaborate Armenian binding using traditional techniques with Michael Burke. A new structure in our series of Michael’s historical binding classes.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: May 25, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 15, 2014, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Learn how to construct four hardcover, hand-bound, multisection books over the course of this bookbinding workshop series. Each binding in the series will add to the skills previously learned and integrate new techniques. Become familiar with bookbinding's basic vocabulary, its fundamental tools and their uses, as well as the materials (paper, cloth, board, and adhesives) and techniques (folding, sewing, and gluing) of the craft.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM
End: June 28, 2014, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

In this one day class, we will trace the history of alchemy, discuss the goals and aspirations of the alchemists, review the methods of the alchemical opus, investigate Jung’s work on alchemy and identify ways that you can use alchemical influences in your own art.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: June 22, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 29, 2014, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

Students will design and create a unique clamshell box to their own specifications, or for a small book, object or stack of prints of their choice.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: May 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 29, 2014, 9:30 PM
Mark Faigenbaum

Long before Photoshop, artists saw the power of mixing images to create unseen vistas and surrealistic landscapes. Using only paper, glue, and a sharp knife an artist can create images that rival those created on a computer.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: April 22, 2014, 6:00 PM
End: April 22, 2014, 10:00 PM
Nina Zeininger

Learn to make a simple pamphlet stitch notebook and add content to the blank pages using collage art. Experiment with found word poetry and altering magazine images with pen, pencil and washi tape.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: May 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 6, 2014, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What kind of book provides all the surprise of a pop-up, and the “wow!” factor of a tunnel book? Carousel books, that’s what! Also known as a “star” book, this structure provides endless opportunities for design and experimentation.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 1, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 1, 2014, 4:30 PM
Judy Detrick

Whether hand drawn or type set, initial capitals adorned with textures, patterns, and colors are certain to draw attention to any text.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: August 4, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: August 8, 2014, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

Take your leather skills to a new level with this workshop in advanced fine binding with master bookbinder Dominic Riley.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: July 26, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 27, 2014, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

This workshop with master bookbinder Dominic Riley will cover several methods of edge decoration which have been used throughout the ages in both traditional and creative binding styles, from the very simple to the advanced.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: April 27, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: May 4, 2014, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

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

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: April 30, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: April 30, 2014, 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 “artistamps”) using a variety of different mixed media techniques.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: April 26, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: April 26, 2014, 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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: June 26, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 26, 2014, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

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

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: May 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 29, 2014, 9:30 PM
Nina Zeininger

If you're looking to make your own small journal or sketchbook that opens flat, this is the workshop for you.Using the traditional French linkstitch sewing, students will create two journals with covers and exposed spines.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: May 13, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 27, 2014, 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.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: June 3, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 17, 2014, 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.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: May 12, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 19, 2014, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Print a variety of notebook covers on the Vandercook using type and collagraphs made from found items, and then bind notebooks as a class.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 5
Start: June 16, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 20, 2014, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

This weeklong letterpress workshop for high school students, culminates in the creation of a book of students’ original writing.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 9, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 9, 2014, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Students will receive instruction in the best methods for combining, transferring, and layering found and created imagery and text in their work.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: May 17, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Learn intermediate binding techniques to making a rounded and backed cloth binding that is sewn on a sewing frame, and learn to make hand sewn end bands. In this class you will also begin working with leather, and will make a full leather binding.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: May 19, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 19, 2014, 9:30 PM
Nina 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
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: June 16, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 16, 2014, 9:30 PM
Nina 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
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: May 15, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 15, 2014, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Learn how to make the perfect journal if you’re interested in making a gift for a friend or a new sketchbook/journal for yourself!

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 4, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 4, 2014, 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
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: July 19, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 20, 2014, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

A thorough introduction to the art of hand tooling—in blind, with carbon and with real gold foil. A feast of tips, tricks and techniques.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: May 6, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 6, 2014, 9:30 PM
C.K. Itamura

In this hands-on workshop, participants will prepare materials to make unique, one-of-a-kind journals or notebooks and learn Japanese stab binding techniques.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 14, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM
Rocket Caleshu

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Vandercook cylinder press and a tabletop platen press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: June 17, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 17, 2014, 9:30 PM
Adam Ewing

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Vandercook cylinder press and a tabletop platen press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: June 30, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 30, 2014, 9:30 PM
James Tucker

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Vandercook cylinder press and a tabletop platen press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: April 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: April 22, 2014, 9:30 PM
C.K. Itamura

Become acquainted with the world of linoleum block carving and printing by preparing and carving linoleum blocks and pulling linoleum prints off a Vandercook cylinder press in this hands-on workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 27, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 27, 2014, 9:30 PM
C.K. Itamura

Become acquainted with the world of linoleum block carving and printing by preparing and carving linoleum blocks and pulling linoleum prints off a Vandercook cylinder press in this hands-on workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: June 24, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 24, 2014, 9:30 PM
C.K. Itamura

Become acquainted with the world of linoleum block carving and printing by preparing and carving linoleum blocks and pulling linoleum prints off a Vandercook cylinder press in this hands-on workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: June 9, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 23, 2014, 9:30 PM
David Benzler

Join us as we explore the great revival of "sign painting" in Art! Great for anyone who wants to incorporate the "painted" letter into their work.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 28, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 28, 2014, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Wood type, unparalleled in its beauty and versatility, lends a bold and unique touch to any printing project. In this evening introductory course, you'll set type and pull your own gift-worthy prints off a Vandercook cylinder press using the Center's extensive and diverse collection of vintage wood type.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: April 18, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: April 18, 2014, 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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 7, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: May 7, 2014, 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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: June 23, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 23, 2014, 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
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 2, 2014, 9:30 PM
Nina Zeininger

Tired of having to receipts or paper scraps to save your spot in a book? Well then, it's time to make your own legit bookmarks that will make your friends jealous.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: June 21, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 22, 2014, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Learn the fundamentals of printing on an antique C&P platen press. Increase production and print on oddly shaped and thick papers, such as coaster stock.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: May 31, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 7, 2014, 5:30 PM
Nina 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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: June 4, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 25, 2014, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 7, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 7, 2014, 9:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Gain exposure to letterpress and typesetting while making personalized note-card stationery.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: May 18, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 8, 2014, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

This series of workshops covers typesetting and printing on a Vandercook cylinder press with metal type, wood type, and photopolymer plates. Students will have the opportunity to work on independent and collaborative projects.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 12, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 12, 2014, 9:30 PM
Mark Faigenbaum

Learn how to use typography 'graphically' in collage. An visually exciting workshop using type as image.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: August 9, 2014, 1:17 AM
End: August 10, 2014, 12:00 AM
Michael Burke

A two day workshop with visiting instructor Michael Burke. The Library Style is ideal for heavy books which get a lot of use and need to be extra strong, such a dictionaries, cook books or manuals.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: April 23, 2014, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

In this day long introduction to the world of mail art, you’ll see examples from Jennie’s archive, discuss the idea of “Networking” and sending things through the mail, and work on a variety of mail art projects.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 4, 2014, 10:00 AM
End: May 4, 2014, 6:00 PM
Claire Siepser

Come one! Come all! Get up on that soapbox! You have something to tell the world, in a beautiful way. So attend this workshop to make a limited edition letterpress printed poster to promote your shindig while learning to print.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: July 14, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 18, 2014, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn how to make beautiful medieval boxes of different shapes. A new structure in our series of Michael’s historical binding classes.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 4
Start: April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Revisit and refine your leather paring techniques in this special class for those who have completed the bookbinding certificate

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: June 11, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 11, 2014, 9:30 PM
Judith Serebrin

Using sturdy hand-made papers as sewing supports, we'll create an exposed-spine sewing; a link-stitch and long-stitch combined. You will make a charming little book measuring 3.75" x 2.75" with colorful paper and threads, with thick watercolor paper interiors.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM
End: April 24, 2014, 10:00 PM
James Tucker

Evening Open Print 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: April 29, 2014, 5:00 PM
End: April 29, 2014, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

Evening Open Print 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: May 5, 2014, 5:00 PM
End: May 5, 2014, 10:00 PM
James Tucker

Evening Open Print 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: May 16, 2014, 5:00 PM
End: May 16, 2014, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

Evening Open Print 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: June 6, 2014, 5:00 PM
End: June 6, 2014, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: June 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 5, 2014, 9:30 PM
Rocket Caleshu

Learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: May 8, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 8, 2014, 9:30 PM
James Tucker

Learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: April 19, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: April 19, 2014, 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
Sessions: 1
Start: August 3, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: August 3, 2014, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This ingeniously designed album is a new offering from Michael Burke this year, and is the perfect accompaniment to the Ideal Sketchbook. This structure is an extremely elegant one suitable for presenting suites of prints, drawings or photographs

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: July 13, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 13, 2014, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

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
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: June 21, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: June 21, 2014, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

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

Open
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: June 3, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: June 10, 2014, 9:30 PM
C.K. Itamura

Learn the steps necessary to take an illustration from concept through to completion using Reduction Linocut a take home an edition of 10 small Reduction Linocut prints

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: August 11, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: August 15, 2014, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

A new class from Dominic, exploring the complexities of this most challenging area of book restoration.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: May 10, 2014, 10:00 AM
End: May 10, 2014, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Get a brief history of Surrealism and discuss the principles and techniques of the Surrealist methods as a "way of working." Learn how that can be applied to our own art projects and create a collage in the surrealist style.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: May 21, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 28, 2014, 9:30 PM
Will Cloughley

This workshop is meant to launch you in a daily practice that can be one of the most important things you do to develop a richer inner life and a unique book of your journey, the Book
of You.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: June 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
End: June 15, 2014, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What better way to spend your day than by making your own stationery accessories?

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: July 12, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: July 12, 2014, 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
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: August 2, 2014, 9:30 AM
End: August 2, 2014, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

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 Michael Burke.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 15, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 15, 2014, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Discover how to dampen paper, use bearers, and finesse rubber- and oil-based inks on Vandercook and platen presses for better ink coverage and control.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: April 21, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: April 28, 2014, 9:30 PM
Julia Goodman

This workshop is ideal for those who are curious about creative ways to make paper with minimal equipment and maximum fun.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: May 21, 2014, 6:30 PM
End: May 21, 2014, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Learn how to properly maintain a Vandercook Proof Press as well as how to adjust it so that it prints beautifully.

Open

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