Workshops

All in-person workshops are currently posponed due to Covid-19. Please see our Online Workshops page for current class offerings, and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on reopening and rescheduled 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 Registration 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.

You can also browse available workshops by date in our new calendar. Or download the PDF of our printed course catalog. Or sign up to receive a mailed hard copy of our printed catalog.

Workshops: All
Type Titlesort descending Instructor Summary Status
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 17, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 17, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Need a bit of storage in book form? Created by Hedi Kyle, the blizzard book is useful for holding coupons, recipes, business cards and many other small treasures.

Closed
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
Sarah Songer

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.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Friday, August 14, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:30 PM
Shawn Sheehy

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. Imagine binding drawer-like boxes into a sort of book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes will be something mechanical made from paper. In this workshop you will learn to build just such a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:30 PM
Jessica Spring

With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles) we’ll explore two engaging historic structures that amuse and inform.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 5:30 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!

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

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!

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 28, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, August 28, 2020, 9:30 PM
Steph Rue

In this introductory workshop, students will learn about the history, techniques, tools, and materials of Korean bookbinding.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 4:00 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.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 15, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 5:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Championed by conservator/bookbinder Carmencho Arregui, this book structure can easily be made in a few hours – the perfect thing if you’re interested in making a gift for a friend or a new sketchbook/journal for yourself!

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 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.

Closed
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:00 PM
Paula Gloistein

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

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 5:30 PM
Steph Rue

Ever wonder what to do with your small paper scraps that you just can't throw away? In this class we will learn how to piece together paper scraps to create a patchwork of art. We will base our method and design on traditional Korean wrapping cloths called "bojagi."

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

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

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 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.

Closed
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Now that you've completed the Cylinder Core series, you can become certified on the Jobbing Platen, a true workhorse of the letterpress printing world. Learn the ins-and-outs of this press that's great for large editions.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, September 12, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 5:30 PM
Susan Lowdermilk

In this workshop, students will learn basic pop-up techniques and simple electronic circuitry and combine them into an accordion book illuminated with LED lights that are specifically designed for paper arts!

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 17, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 21, 2020, 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 Islamic, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon influences.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 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.

Closed
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
Katherine Dedlow

Learn to create an image suitable for woodcut, then carve your image by hand, and use that block of wood to make a suite of paper prints. It doesn't get much easier than that!

Closed