Summer Camp


Join us for week-long journey as we delve into the wonderful world of the art of the book! The Austin Book Arts Center is partnering with Badgerdog, the youth writing organization of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, for a week-long summer camp. Students attending the Badgerdog creative writing camps in the morning (9am-12pm) have the option to attend the Austin Book Arts Center camp in the afternoon (1pm-4pm).

WHEN: July 10-14 / 1pm-4pm
LOCATION: The Magellan School on W. Anderson
AGES: Rising 3rd-5th graders and rising 6th-8th graders
COST: $200 + $30 materials fee

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The ABAC Summer Camp presents an opportunity for children to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the book arts in our increasingly predominant digital environment. On each successive day of the camp, students will learn another time-honored historical craft, all of which may be replicated at home with easily acquired materials. Students will walk away with a new skill set, in addition to beautiful, handmade books and printed materials that they will be proud to share with friends and family.

Monday (July 10): Students will learn about the two thousand year history of PAPERMAKING by making their own sheets of paper. After immersing fibers in a vat of water, students will learn to “couch” a sheet with a mould and deckle.

Tuesday (July 11): We will learn various traditional and contemporary MARBLING techniques to create one of a kind prints. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Wednesday (July 12): Students will learn the basics of LETTERPRESS printing by setting type by hand, the method of printed communication used for centuries. Together they will set a small poem or quote, proof the text, ink up the tabletop press, and print a small edition.

Thursday (July 13): Students will learn a number of basic BOOKBINDING techniques and will complete at least three structures, incorporating some of the work produced Monday-Wednesday.

Friday (July 14): Students will learn some basic CALLIGRAPHY skills and will be able to transcribe some of their creative writing from the morning sessions, written in a book they made with their own hands.