Workshops


Happy Hour Bookbinding for Teachers

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!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Thursday, February 23
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: February 23, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

Alt Print and Photo Album

lockhart1In the first portion of this class, students will learn the basics of creating handmade photographic prints using the cyanotype and van dyke processes and printing from digital negatives. The second half of the class will be dedicated to learning some basic bookbinding skills by creating a cloth-covered, post screw photo album.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: John Lockhart and Kevin Auer
Cost: $180 tuition + $25 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: February 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 1

Printshop Renter Training February 26

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, February 26, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: February 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 4

Print Your Books at Home

In this class, students will learn how to "impose" a text, using software (not a typewriter!). “Imposition” refers to the placing of pages on a sheet of paper so that the pages will be in proper sequence when the sheet is printed and folded. Computer-Aided Imposition simplifies the process printers use to arrange typeset pages, so when printed, a single sheet of paper folds into an 8 page signature that reads consecutively once bound.

During the first class meeting, students will learn about imposition and available software used to lay out and print their own manuscript or another text. The second class meeting will be spent sewing and binding the signatures into a book.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Tuesday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 7
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Jerome Collins
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: February 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Long Stitch Leather Journal

longstitchleatherjournalAre you a traveler who wants to capture unforgettable moments on paper? Or an entrepreneur who likes to jot down ideas and daily checklists? Or perhaps you keep a diary or enjoy sketching? The journal is the perfect tool for creating and capturing important memories! Bind your very own high-quality, adventure-ready daily journal, with a personal touch. The book you create in this workshop will be wrapped in soft leather and hand-stitched, ensuring you go home with a beautiful personalized journal that will last forever.

Simply come with your creativity, and if you like, you are welcome to bring a piece of decorative paper to incorporate into your journal as endpapers (2 sheets ca. 8.5” x 6”).

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 4 & 5
Time: 2-6pm
Max No of Students: 6
Instructor: Lena Rogy
Cost: $120 tuition + $20 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 4

Paper Marbling for Kids

Join us for an exploration into marbling! We will learn various traditional and contemporary marbling techniques to create one of a kind prints. These marbling techniques can be replicated at home with easy to find supplies. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Level: This class is appropriate for children ages 10-14.
Dates: Saturday, March 4
Time: 9am-1pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Holly Zeiner
Cost: $60 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

Accordion Sketchbook

watercolorLearn some basic bookbinding skills in this one day workshop. Students will create a hard-cover book with pages of watercolor paper. It is an accordion fold construction, so the book opens wide and the pages lay flat, perfect for sketching or using pastels or watercolor.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, March 11
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Julie Sullivan
Cost: $90 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Little Book Love

You love little books, and so do we! Miniature books are generally defined as those no larger than 3 inches in width, height, or thickness. In this class, you will bind a blank book and one from a pre-printed text. Not only will you make two tiny books, you’ll also learn a little about the history of miniature books and those created locally.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, March 19
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Mary Baughman
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 19, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

Japanese Bookbinding

JapaneseBBJoin us for a fun course on Japanese Bookbinding. Students will make two Japanese bound books using fabric and paper covers.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Monday, March 20 & Monday, March 27
Time: 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Lindsay Nakashima
Cost: $90 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 20, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

DIY Publishing

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own zine? Publishing a cookbook or chapbook? How about that novel you’ve been working on? Want to get political? We got you covered with practical approaches to making comics, t-shirts, rock posters, you name it. Bring your hopes and dreams, trials and tribulations, and we’ll help you publish the book you want to read with an eye towards ecological and financial stability.

Dates: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Kyle Schlesinger
Cost: $45 tuition

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 7

Happy Hour Bookbinding for Teachers (Session 2)

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!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Thursday, March 23
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 23, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

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, March 25
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Holly Zeiner
Cost: $90 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 2

The Material Manifesto

In this class, students will have the opportunity to design and print their own poster that engages with the written word and radical typographic design. After an introduction to 20th century avant-garde typography and manifesto writing in the first session, students will have the opportunity to write and workshop their own manifesto. These words will then be turned into polymer plates, and in the second session, students will have the opportunity to letterpress print the manifestos, incorporating multiple design elements and colors, so that by the end of the workshop, each student will be able to take home an editioned set of variegated posters.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, March 26 and Sunday, April 2
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Meghan Forbes and Kyle Schlesinger
Cost: $180 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Printshop Renter Training March 26

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, March 26, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: March 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Printing from Photopolymer Plates

Dive into the world of digital letterpress by learning the basics of printing from photopolymer plates. At the first class meeting, students will learn how to set up files and order plates. At the second meeting, students will learn the fundamentals of proper presswork including registration, inking, and impression using the Vandercook proof presses. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a project such as business cards or greeting cards.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates and times: Tuesday, March 28 (6-9pm) & Saturday, April 8 (10am-4pm)
Maximum no. of students: 6
Instructor: Max Koch
Cost: $135 tuition + $40 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: March 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

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: Saturday, April 1
Time: 10am-2pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $60 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 1, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

Letterpress Intensive

LPintensiveLearn the basics of letterpress printing by designing, illustrating, printing, and binding a poetry chapbook or short story. Students will learn the basics of setting type by hand, as well as incorporating images using photopolymer plates or linoleum blocks. Over 6 weeks, students will design and print a small edition collaboratively. The last evening of class will be spent binding the book using a simple pamphlet binding.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, April 4-May 9
Time: 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $270 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Inkjet Printer Image Transfer

InkjetImageTransferIn this 3 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: Thursday, April 6
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Anthony Maddaloni
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Coptic With Wooden Boards

Coptic is one of the earliest book forms and can be as simple or as fancy as you want to make it. This structure in particular makes a fabulous sketch book. This class is perfect for beginners or intermediate students who want to ease into some basic woodworking by hand. No prior training is necessary as we will go over any questions you have and have a brief overview of how structure affects bookbinding. Be prepared to do some hand sanding.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Jessica Crane
Cost: $180 tuition + $40 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 8, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Happy Hour Bookbinding for Teachers (Session 3)

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!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Thursday, April 20
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Linda Anderson
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 20, 2017

Available Spaces: 8

Printing from Photopolymer Plates (Session 2)

Dive into the world of digital letterpress by learning the basics of printing from photopolymer plates. At the first class meeting, students will learn how to set up files and order plates. At the second meeting, students will learn the fundamentals of proper presswork including registration, inking, and impression using the Vandercook proof presses. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a project such as business cards or greeting cards.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates and times: Wednesday, April 26 (6-9pm) & Saturday, May 6 (10am-4pm)
Maximum no. of students: 6
Instructor: Max Koch
Cost: $135 tuition + $40 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Book Repair II

This workshop focuses on intermediate level book repair techniques.  Students must have completed Book Repair I and have basic binding experience.  The techniques taught will be how to fill a loss in paper; corner covering techniques; corner repair with new cloth or tissue, re-backing on the book; guarding signatures; attaching loose signatures; modified re-casing; and how to make a four-flap enclosure.

This workshop is the second of a three workshop series and is a pre-requisite for Book Repair III. The Book Repair series of workshops are designed for librarians, archivists, or private individuals who would like to know how best to repair damaged items in their collection.  Many techniques will be covered, but mastery will take time and practice.  Students are encouraged to rent studio space after taking the workshops to practice the techniques taught.

Pre-requisites: Book Repair I and Bookbinding I or prior bookbinding experience
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: April Smith
Cost: $180 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: April 29, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

Printshop Renter Training April 30

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, April 30, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: April 30, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Travel Journal

traveljournalThe Longstitch sewing technique makes a great travel journal. The name comes from the long running stitches that go up and down the spine. Not only does this wide spine lay open flat, the five signatures of paper inside give you plenty of room for easy sketching and writing. Our second book will feature a beautiful technique call Tacket Binding. Tacketing is an exposed binding (the thread shows) that dates from the second century A.D. This is a cool detour from the Longstitch and, with your choice of cover paper, design, and stitching materials, your Tacket bound book will be worth the trip. It's a great way to use up smaller papers and make nice gifts at the same time! If you have something special you want to use in or on your book, be sure to pack it!

Dates: Saturday, May 6
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Lee Steiner
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: May 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 7

Titles and Labels on Books

titlesLearn hot-stamping techniques that will permit you to create, among other things, beautiful spine labels for your books.

Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 9am-1pm
Max no. of students: 6
Instructor: Dana Kull
Cost: $60 tuition

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: May 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Making Book Cloth

bookclothJapanese silk and other commercial book cloths can be beautiful, but have you ever seen a fabric you like and wished you could use it to make your own book cloth? This short class will teach students a quick and successful technique for backing their own fabric. Learn what to do and what not to do, which supplies will end in success and which will almost always guarantee failure. You’ll go home with your own cloth and some sample cards to refer back to when you make more cloth on your own.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates and Times: Saturday, May 13, 2pm-6pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Beth Morton
Cost: $60 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: May 13, 2017

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 Wednesday night session will be spent preparing the sections, while Saturday’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 or 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.
Dates and Times: Wednesday, May 17, 6-9pm and Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Julie Sullivan
Cost: $135 tuition + $10 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: May 17, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Printshop Renter Training May 28

This three hour training is a requirement for anyone interested in using the presses in the Printshop during Open Studio times. Please click here for more information about Open Studio Rental.

Level: Students must have taken a letterpress class at ABAC, or have previous letterpress printing experience.
Dates: Sunday, May 28th, 6-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $30

Note: Attendees must be a current Member to register for this class. Please click here to join as a Member or renew your Membership. If you have any questions about the status of your Membership, please email amanda@atxbookarts.org.

Date: May 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Classic Hardcover Book

hardcover1In this introductory bookbinding class students will learn why books look the way they do, a brief history of bookbinding styles, the basics of materials (paper, board, cloth, adhesives), basic techniques (measuring, folding, cutting, sewing, applying adhesive), and how to make a sewn, hardcover book. By the end of this two-day class students will know the parts of a book, how books function, and leave with 1-2 flat-back books covered in cloth and decorative paper.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: April Smith
Cost: $180 tuition + $15 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Date: June 3, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

 


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