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Observe and Imagine

ObserveImagineObserve and Imagine --Book Arts at the Ransom Center; Book Mechanics at the Austin Book Arts Center

View wonderful examples of the book arts at the Ransom Center.  Art nouveau design bindings by French binders and contemporary design bindings by U.S. binders will be displayed and explained. Inspire your work with the variety of different forms and styles found in design bindings, artists books and private press creations. The morning session of this class will meet at the Ransom Center Denius Room, 2nd floor, from 10 am to noon. We will reconvene at the ABAC from 1:30 to 5:00 to handle and study a variety of (non museum) books to understand how different papers, boards and sewing structures affect how the pages turn.  How a book moves profoundly affects the narrative of a book.

Participants are encouraged to bring interesting examples  of book structures and personal book art ideas or projects to discuss during the afternoon session.

Dates: Saturday, June 25
Time: 10am-5pm
Instructor: Olivia Primanis
Cost: $50 tuition

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Date: June 25, 2016

Available Spaces: 7

Bookbinding I

BBIStudents will learn the fundamentals of bookbinding by making three structures: one non-adhesive binding (the historical long stitch binding), a flat back case binding, and a Japanese binding. Discussions about grain direction, paper folding, adhesives and tools will be incorporated during the class.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: 6 Wednesdays, June 29-August 3
Time: 6-9pm
Instructor: Lindsay Nakashima
Cost: $270 tuition + $30 materials fee

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Date: June 29, 2016

Available Spaces: 5

Bind Your Manuscript Using Lockstitch

LockstitchThis class is perfect for writers or poets, or anyone with a text to bind. The lockstitch sewing method provides a long-lasting way to make a book from single pages. As an alternative to perfect binding (which is just applying a thick layer of glue to a spine, like modern paperbacks), this structure is ideal for manuscripts. The first part of the class will be spent preparing the sections, while the afternoon’s session will be about sewing and casing the book. Students should bring their own "manuscript" pages as single sheets or about 75-100 pages of plain copy paper to make a blank book. Pages can have text/images on both sides of the sheet, with at least one inch margins. Nothing larger than 8.5 x 11.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Date and Time: Saturday, July 9, 9am-5pm
Instructor: Julie Sullivan
Cost: $120 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: July 9, 2016

Available Spaces: 5

Happy Hour Bookbinding for Teachers Grades 3-7

happyhourwebJoin us for a happy hour of creating simple bindings you can teach your students this coming year. We will start the evening with wine and snacks, admiring lovely book projects made by kids.

You will go home with four examples of book-binding projects, (with printed directions) made by you, and ready to show-and-tell your classroom, inspiring them to create their own masterpieces!

Wine and snacks provided, or bring your own.

Join us for a fun and educational evening!

Dates: Thursday, July 14
Time: 6pm-9pm
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: July 14, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

PIZZA and BOOKS! Basic Bookbinding for Children Ages 12-16

pizzabooks12to16Come for a fun afternoon and make a book for yourself and one for a friend!

Bring your writing, or you can make a blank book to fill later!

You will learn to sew your pages together, make a cover from decorated paper & cloth (you choose) and bind it all together.

You will go home with two books: one to keep and one to give as a gift.

Dates: Friday, July 15
Time: 10am-2pm
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $60 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: July 15, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Letterpress Business Cards

LPintensiveLearn the basics of setting type by hand and letterpress printing using the table-top platen press, still widely available on the market. Learn the California job case, set type, use a pica ruler and composing stick, ink the press and print. Proper impression will be covered. Each student will set and print a small edition of his or her own business card or short quote.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: July 16, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Inkjet Printer Image Transfer

InkjetImageTransferIn this 4 hour class students will learn how to take a digital image and print the image on a inkjet printer then transfer the image to watercolor paper using a alcohol-based gel medium (purell hand sanitizer).

The class will explore what types of images work with this process, which is very similar to a polaroid transfer .

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, July 17
Time: 12pm-4pm
Instructor: Anthony Maddaloni
Cost: $60 tuition + $20 materials fee

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Date: July 17, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Bookbinding for Teachers

BBforTeachersClassroom-tested, kid-approved! Create pamphlets and accordion structures geared to fit into a language arts/math/science/Social Studies programs. You will leave with a variety of book structures and ideas for including book arts in your classroom. No prior art or bookbinding experience necessary.

Dates: Thursday, July 21
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $45 tuition + $5 materials fee

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Date: July 21, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

PIZZA and BOOKS! Basic Bookbinding for Children Ages 8-11

pizzabooks8to11Come for a fun afternoon and make a book for yourself and one for a friend!

Bring your writing, or you can make a blank book to fill later!

You will learn to sew your pages together, make a cover from decorated paper & cloth (you choose) and bind it all together.

You will go home with two books: one to keep and one to give as a gift.

Dates: Friday, July 22
Time: 10am-2pm
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $60 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: July 22, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Basic Book Repair and Preservation

Basic PresDo you own books in which pages are torn, spines are ripped or text blocks are separating from the cover? Would you like to learn basic preservation techniques to correct these problems? In this two day class, students will be guided through evaluating damage to books and manuscripts, decisions on repairs needed and who best to perform them, as well as tips on handling, storage, and environmental concerns. Students will learn a few basic repair techniques such as paper mending, spine repairs and re-joining texts to their covers if separated. Students should bring 1-2 hardcover, sewn books on which to practice these techniques and are welcome to bring others for consultation.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24
Time: 10am-4pm
Instructor: April Smith
Cost: $180 tuition + $15 materials fee

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Date: July 23, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Intro to Letterpress: Type

DSCF1237In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting and then print a small edition either individually or collaboratively. Fundamentals of proper presswork including registration, inking, and impression will be covered. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a project such as a business card, greeting card, or a poster.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24
Time: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $180 tuition + $15 materials fee

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Date: July 23, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Box Making Made Easy

ConsEncl_webWould you like to know how to make boxes but worry that they’re too complicated or that you don’t have the tools you need? This class will teach you to make three boxes that can be done quickly and easily at home with no specialized equipment past a ruler, a knife and a cutting surface. We’ll start by making a four-flap enclosure that is suitable for small, thin books. Then we’ll make a corrugated cardboard box with dividers that is suitable for holding dimensional objects like Christmas tree ornaments or your favorite collectibles. We’ll finish by making a corrugated clamshell box that will fit books with spines larger than 1” thick. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll be making boxes for everything you own!

 

Dates: Saturday, July 30
Time: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Rebecca Elder
Cost: $90 tuition + $15 materials fee

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Date: July 30, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Paper Marbling

marbling1Join us for an exploration into marbling! We will learn various marbling techniques and learn how to create traditional and contemporary designs on paper. The history of marbling will be discussed as well as the many different types of size used to create these one of a kind prints. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and your paper marbled in the first part of class. After our paper dries we will use it to create a book.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, August 6
Time: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Holly Zeiner
Cost: $90 tuition + $15 materials fee

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Date: August 6, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

 


♦ Tuition and all materials are covered by the cost of the class. Students will be notified in advance if the instructor requests that students bring simple tools. Nothing fancy or expensive will be required in addition.
♦ Successfully completing a class at ABAC will qualify a student to use the Studio and equipment during Open Studio times, with certain restrictions. Please check here for rates and policies.
♦ CANCELLATION POLICY: Students will receive a full refund or credit if cancelling a registration at least three business days before the first class meeting. Cancellations must be received in writing or by email at info@atxbookarts.org. If a student cancels less than three business days before the first class meeting, or drops out of a class in progress, full tuition and fees are forfeited. ABAC reserves the right to cancel a class due to under-enrollment. Registered students will be notified by phone and email 48 hours in advance if a cancellation due to under-enrollment should occur.
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