Upcoming Events › Works on Paper
April 1-2, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Prepare yourself to be impressed with our collection of antique wood type! For this two day workshop we are opening up our drawers of borders, wood cuts and type for students to explore and create their own projects, be it posters, cards or unique art pieces. You will learn how to hand set type and print using one of our 5 Vandercook Presses. Everything from inking to registration multiple colors to creating your first proofs will be covered as you work on your personal pieces. All materials are included for the class and you will leave with your own edition of prints by the end of the weekend.Find out more »
April 1, Saturday, 12-3pm
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Pulp as Portal artist Krista Franklin will lead participants in a papermaking activity utilizing artist fellow exhibition artist Jillian Bruschera's traveling Papermaker's Pack. Participants will walk the Manhattan environs of the Center for Book Arts to obtain ephemera and printed matter (signage, fliers, garbage, objects) of the neighborhood to be remade into new sheets of paper in the Center for Book Arts studios. In an afternoon of walking, conversation and papermaking, we are interested what the stuff of our city blocks--that which is discarded, stapled to poles, tucked under windshields--can tell us about our neighborhoods as communities and ecosystems. How can these materials be re-purposed in the service of papermaking and poetic reflection? This program is an opportunity to build on The Chicago 77, a project featured in Pulp as Portal. Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation, The Chicago 77 is a 77-line poem comprised of found text and paper made from objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The piece was created by poets and artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods.
This program is free and all are welcome. pace is limited to the first 20 registrants though. Please register.Find out more »
April 22-23, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, students will learn to make their own decorative endpapers by printing patterns on the letterpress. Discussion and demos will focus on setting type and ornaments from the Center’s collection to create patterns, carving simple linoleum cuts, and proper printing techniques. No previous printing experience required.
April 29-30, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Bending a board might seem like a mystery, but it's one that we will solve in this two-day workshop. Students will learn to create cylinder containers, construct two different kinds of lids, and enhance the final design by applying paper and book cloth as finishing materials. The unique final boxes can be used house anything from art works to book projects.Find out more »
Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 10am-4pm
This course will teach the basics of Turkish water-based paper marbling using traditional marbling inks and acrylics. You will learn how to prepare paper for marbling and beginner to intermediate marbling techniques of mixing and applying colors, raking and combing colors into patterns, and how to lay down the paper. Over two days, you will have the skill and design to produce dozens of unique sheets to use in your other book or book-related work.Find out more »
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
May 13-14, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Before internet memes, we had broadsides—printed posters hung in public spaces to announce news, events, or advertisements. Broadsides were so often used for fiery messages that they came to have a second meaning: “a strongly worded critical attack.” Contemporary broadsides continue to have strong visual presence in NYC, and the form has also become popular for literary editions, a means to present a single poem or short work of prose as a standalone print object. In this weekend workshop, we will combine image and text to create original broadsides. We will think about text as part of a visual composition, and how text and image work together on the page. We will begin with a mini writing-workshop, and participants will use the wide variety of metal and wood type at the Center for Book Arts to create a dynamic layout. Students will also have the option to carve their own text or images using linoleum blocks. Students will learn writing techniques, linoleum cutting, and basic typesetting and letterpress printing. Each student will make a small edition of their print, and we will do a print exchange, so that all students leave with a collection of all the broadsides in addition to copies of their own print. The course is open to students of all levels and abilities.
No experience necessary.Find out more »
May 20-21, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
How does one print without a press and still create images and patterned end papers for one's own artist practices? In this class students will make their own stamps, using brayers, stencils and natural elements along with an array of direct and indirect modes of making marks to create one’s designs. We will explore image transfer, registration and hand printing to create monotypes and editioned work. You'll discover numerous image-making methods that can all be recreated in your home studio or apartment. This workshop is designed for teachers, writers, artists and anyone who loves to create a richer and expansive vocabulary for their work.
No experience necessary.Find out more »
June 17-18, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, Learn basic printing techniques on the Vandercook proof press, and come away with a collaborative printed edition. We will learn a few basic variations on the single sheet book, perfect for making a portable edition. We will print up our ideas collaboratively on the press, using wood and metal type, and edition our simple books together. Everyone will come away with multiple copies of a one-page book, models for future reference, and ideas for the future. No previous printing experience required.
July 15-16, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
During this paper cutting workshop, participants will create wearable papercuts in form of hats, masks, scarves and more. Experimenting with dimensionality and volume, we will explore the numerous ways to use paper cutting to tell a story in unusual shapes. Participants will learn basic techniques to cut paper, stencils and pop-ups. Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind, try other materials and explore new territories of creativity. No experience necessary.Find out more »
August 5-6, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 pm
Celebrate summer with flowers! Pop-up engineering techniques will be demonstrated and practiced while building and binding this volume of native wildflowers. No experience is necessary, but binding and/or paper craft skills will speed your progress.Find out more »