Workshops


Intro to Letterpress: Printing from Photopolymer Plates

polymer_kochDive 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 tabletop platen 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, September 13 (6-9pm) & Saturday, September 24 (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: September 13, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Imposition

“Imposition” refers to the placing of pages on a sheet of paper so that they will be in proper position and 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 which reads correctly when bound as a book or newspaper, i.e. consecutively, pages 1-8, 9-16, etc.

During the first class meeting, students will learn about imposition and the different software available 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 and times: Tuesday, October 4th (6-9pm) and Saturday, October 8th (9am-1pm)
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Jerome Collins
Cost: $105 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: October 4, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

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, October 8 & 9
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: October 8, 2016

Available Spaces: 5

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, October 8 & 9
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
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: October 8, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

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, October 15 & 16
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: October 15, 2016

Available Spaces: 5

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, October 17 & Monday, October 24
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: October 17, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

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, October 22
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
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: October 22, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

DIY Publishing

DIYpublishingHave 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: Saturday, October 22
Time: 1pm-5pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Kyle Schlesinger
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: October 22, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Paste Paper

pastepaperExplore the colorful and creative world of Book Arts by making paste papers! For hundreds of years paste papers were used by bookbinders as decorative endsheets that added a unique embellishment to the book. But you can create paste papers for an endless variety of applications, including decorative covering for boxes, frames, journals, cards or stationery. Students will learn a bit of the history of paste papers, look at both historical and modern examples, get a lesson on mixing methyl cellulose, and then be set free to create their own set of colorful and unique paste papers.

In the afternoon, students will bind a book using the dried paste papers from the morning session.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, October 23
Time: 10pm-4pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Genevieve Pierce
Cost: $90 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Date: October 23, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

"Repurposed" Book Projects

repurposedbookprojectsThis class presents ways to re-use "good" books gone "bad!" These projects are designed to show off our love of books and make use (or re-use) of their shape and format. Learn to use thrift shop books to create a variety of unique decorative and useful conversation pieces. Projects include: a Classic Book-into-Portfolio case; a Book Safe, to hide your valuables in plain sight on your bookcase; a Kindle or E-reader Case; and a Book Vase with Origami Flowers. Lee’s other “Repurposed” book projects will be shown and discussed so you’ll go home with plenty of patterns and ideas.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, October 29
Time: 1pm-5pm
Max no. of students: 8
Instructor: Lee Steiner
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: October 29, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

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: Saturday, October 29
Time: 9am-12pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Anthony Maddaloni
Cost: $45 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: October 29, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Flag Book

flagbookOriginally developed by Hedi Kyle for her work April Diary, the Flag Book is a great and versatile structure. The foundation of the deceptively simple Flag Book structure is an accordion folded spine. Rows of flags attached to opposing sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives. When read page by page, the viewer sees disjointed fragments of image and text. When the spine is pulled fully open, these fragments assemble a panoramic spread. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, October 30
Time: 12-4pm
Max No of Students: 6
Instructor: Helen Kwiatkowski
Cost: $60 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: October 30, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

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, November 5 & 6
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: November 5, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Intro to Letterpress: Printing from Photopolymer Plates (Session 2)

polymer_kochDive 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 tabletop platen 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, November 9 (6-9pm) & Saturday, November 19 (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: November 9, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

2017 Datebook

datebookLearn some basic bookbinding skills with this small album structure, perfect for a datebook! The class will be furnished with the kit, including pre-cut boards and a pre-printed 2017 datebook text block. Basics, such as grain direction, folding and sewing signatures, and “casing-in” will be covered. Students will personalize their datebooks with cloth and decorative paper. These make great gifts!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, November 12
Time: 12pm-4pm
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
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: November 12, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

Laced-Case Paper Bindings

Based on historic limp parchment bindings, this laced-case paper binding is a beautiful non-adhesive structure that will highlight the use of handmade paper by Beck Whitehead. The textblock and cover are constructed separately. Students will learn how to sew a multi-section textblock on single cord supports with a hooked endpaper construction, as well as the basics of endband sewing. The elegant structural design allows the textblock to remain flexible during opening and is very satisfying to make.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, November 13
Time: 10-5pm
Max. no of Students: 8
Instructor: Kimberly Kwan
Cost: $105 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: November 13, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

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!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Wednesday, November 30
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: November 30, 2016

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, December 3
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: December 3, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Portfolio for Artists

portfolio3Protect your important documents or art on paper. Each student will learn to make a custom portfolio, and will also learn about tools, materials, and techniques for book arts. Cloth, board, and decorative paper will be provided. This class is appropriate for graphic designers, photographers, fine art printers, or anyone with a document or art work that they want to protect.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Sunday, December 4
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Mary Baughman
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: December 4, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Print Holiday Cards

HolidayCardsLet letterpress be that something special this holiday season! Learn the basics concepts of letterpress printing using wood and metal type and photopolymer plates. The majority of class time will be spent printing a collection of holiday cards. Students can expect to complete a small edition of cards with greetings such as “Season’s Greetings”, "Happy Holidays" and "Happy New Year". We may even print "Thank You" cards, ending the year in a spirit of gratitude!

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday, December 3
Time: 12pm-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Cost: $60 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: December 4, 2016

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, December 10 & 11
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: December 10, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Intro to Letterpress: Type (Session 2)

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, December 10 & 11
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Kevin Auer
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: December 10, 2016

Available Spaces: 6

Happy Hour Bookbinding for Teachers Grades 3-7 (Section 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: Wednesday, December 14
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: December 14, 2016

Available Spaces: 8

 


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