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5-Day Section (A+B)
February 1-5, Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this 35-hour introductory Core class, you will learn several basic book structures, develop hand skills and become familiar with binding tools and techniques.Find out more »
February 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Paper-making is a centuries old craft that is practical and easy to learn. In this workshop, participants will learn to recycle scrap art or office paper into beautiful new paper using materials easily gathered or found at home. We’ll learn to make our own molds and deckles, make pulp using a hand-held blender, form sheets of plain and decorative handmade paper, and consider a few options for drying. Pulp will be enhanced with color and special ingredients to create a wide variety of papers suitable for printing, book arts, painting or drawing. 3Dcasting will also be demonstrated.
5-Day Section (A+B)
February 15 - 19, Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this 35-hour core course Learn the basics of hand typesetting and the contemporary practice of letterpress printing. We will cover the essentials of good presswork including inking, and impression and move on to discuss typefaces, paper, incorporating illustrations and adding color.Find out more »
February 25, Saturday, 10am-4pm
Curious about letterpress but not sure if it’s up your alley? Come to this one-dayworkshop and get your feet wet. You will learn how to set type, lock up a form, and print an edition on the Vandercook proof press.Find out more »
February 25, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Do you have ideas for publishing your own books but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop is for you! In this one day class students will learn a range of possibilities for taking their own writing and pictures and binding them their very own zine. You will make your own images, play with different page layouts and learn a range of simple yet good looking binding techniques. Students will learn good craftsmanship without sacrificing the economics of a democratic multiple. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.
February 28 - March 28, 5 Tuesday Evenings, 6 - 9 pm
In this 18-hour intermediate class, you will be introduced to leather binding by making a half bound leather book with a smooth spine over a hollow tube and leather corners. In the process you will learn how to pare leather by hand and with a paring machine and most importantly, how to sharpen your paring knife.Find out more »
Nights Section (A):
February 28 - March 21, Four Tuesday Evenings, 6 -10 pm
In this 18-hour beginner’s course in letterpress printing, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting, printing on the Center’s Vandercooks, and the process of editioning. Can be combined with Letterpress I (B) to qualify for studio rental in our Printshop.Find out more »
Aurora De Armendi
March 2 - 30, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6 pm - 9:00 pm
Fold, sew, and glue paper into books! In this 18-hour introductory class you will fold accordion books and explore concertinas, sew pamphlets with paper covers, glue single pages into butterfly books, and more. This class is suitable for beginners and also for anyone looking for basic models that can be made at home without special equipment. No experience required.Find out more »
March 2 - 30, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
In this 5 week course we will use the book as a form for artistic expression. Utilizing the Center for Book Arts studios and type collection we will explore the conception and creation of the book as art. Students will have a chance to explore conceptual development; how a book's structure and design can enhance and integrate part of the work's meaning. Basic bookbinding structures and letterpress printing techniques will be taught. This course is open to students of all levels and abilities. Students new to book arts should expect to create a basic soft cover edition.Find out more »
Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson
March 4th, Saturday, 12-3pm
Activist and nonprofit burnout is a very real thing - activists and nonprofit workers frequently give their whole heart to causes, and the ongoing struggle can cause activists to feel overwhelmed, lost, and anguished. As a public project for Pulp as Portal, Book Bombs, a collaborative between artists Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson, present "Keeping the Fire Alive." Anyone is invited to make handmade paper and pulp prints with us, which will be resist-dried on the windows of CBA, building a collaborative installation.
Pulp printing stencils and questions for discussion during the event will address the state of the struggle in the new political climate, post election. Given the outcomes of the 2016 election, how do we re-group to keep pushing for change? And how do we balance the very real need to keep fighting with burnout, and the grief associated with undesired outcomes? These papers and the discussions that take place at the vats will be visual and verbal conversations and strategies for activists to avoid and prevent burnout. They will also provide a vehicle for participants to express their frustrations with the ongoing battle to keep up the good fight.
This program is free and all are welcome.Find out more »