Past Events › Works on Paper
December 16, 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.Find out more »
December 9, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Pamphlet stitch books are a simple, but elegant way to bring a series of pages together into a book. Perfect for a story narrative or just a journal, you will see how versatile this book can be. In this one day class you will learn to stitch pages together into signatures and how to bind with both a soft and hard cover. No Experience required. All materials included in tuition. Please bring your personal tool kit including an exact-o or olfa knife, bone folder* and pin tool or awl*.Find out more »
December 2, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Ever wanted to print a book but don’t think you have time? Printing and making books can be quick and fun! In this class we will explore five book forms that can be made from a single sheet of paper. Students will learn how set up the press for printing single page books, and will leave the class with five printed books. This is a great class for Zine makers, artists, and poets that want to start learning about making books!Find out more »
November 18-19, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this course, Students will learn the basics of relief carving and printing on a Vandercook letterpress. We will explore a variety of techniques such as reduction carving, two plate registration, and selective inking. Students will leave the class with the ability to print multiple copies of complex layered images.
No previous printing experience required.
November 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Explore the world of letterpress printed book cloth. In this weekend workshop you will learn the art of designing and printing book covers from the CBA's wood type collection. Students will. Design several book cloth covers using cotton muslin and bind simple books to create journals to collect their ideas. No print experience necessary.Find out more »
September 30, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Learn to make vibrantly colored pulled, incised and layered translucent patterns with simple materials in this one day workshop. Paste papers make wonderful covers for quarterbound books, boxes and much more!
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
September 16-17, 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 »
Thomas Parker Williams
August 19-20, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
This course will provide instruction for making paper structures with moving parts, including radial hinges for rotating elements, sliding window elements, a cascading rotary structure that reveals hidden images or text when activated, and a scroll mounted in a box viewed through a window. You will make some of these animated structures and receive detailed assembly drawings and a CD containing laser cutting templates to use on your own projects, as well as a list of sources for parts and materials. Course will also include a brief introduction to free computer aided design software that is helpful in creating works to be laser cut.Find out more »
August 12-13, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Suminagashi and orizome are Japanese paper decoration techniques using ink, water, air, and folds, and can be considered the Eastern counterpart to the famous paper marbling of Italy. This class is recommended for anyone interested in paper marbling and paper decoration as a compliment to the familiar combed patterns of the post-Renaissance West.Find out more »
August 5-6, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Let’s expand our printing into the fourth dimension: time. Join us for a brief exploration of the use of the Vandercook proof press as a tool for producing basic prints of text and/or images that move. We’ll break down the mechanics of analog, frame-by-frame animation and use low-tech printing methods to make simple flip books. The basics of letterpress including press operation and typesetting will be covered. Some previous printing experience is encouraged, but not required.