Artists’ Books: Concept & Making

Event Info

This four-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Tuesday nights, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16, from 5–8pm ET.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 5:00pm–8:00pm 
  • Tuesday, May 2, 5:00pm–8:00pm 
  • Tuesday, May 9, 5:00pm–8:00pm 
  • Tuesday, May 16, 5:00pm–8:00pm 

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person course at Center for Book Arts, taught by instructor Maria Veronica San Martín, focuses on conceptualizing and making artists’ books for all experience levels (though some previous book arts knowledge or experience is helpful).

The workshop begins with a contextual lesson on the book as an art medium, allowing students to draw inspiration for their own projects from published artists’ books. Then students will learn two simple but versatile binding structures—the dos-a-dos and flag book. Subsequent lessons will cover printmaking topics like creating images through monoprint, woodcut, or collage techniques. At the end of the course, each participant will have created their own artists’ book. The class will conclude with a final critique and discussion of each student’s piece.

There are a total of eight spots available in this small-group workshop to ensure the instructor is able to support each student’s work by adapting to their creative process. Register now before the class fills up!

Required Materials:

Required Materials:

  • X-acto knife
  • 5-10 Printmaking papers like BFK or Arches, white or cream colored
  • 1 bonefolder
  • plexiglass surface, or zinc or copper plate

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Maria Veronica San Martín

Maria Veronica San Martín (she/her) is a multidisciplinary Latin-American artist who has lived in New York since 2010.

She has been a studio artist at the Whitney Museum, ISP (NYC), a scholar at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), and participated in the Art OMI Residency (Ghent, NY). She has also been awarded two NYFA grants and three Chilean grants.

San Martín has taught at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), Penland School of Craft (NC), Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Catolica de Chile and has conducted workshops for Vera List Center, The New School, and Weeksville Heritage Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Booklyn, as well as participating as an artist and contributing to their education program.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on February 21 at 11:59pm. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. To view more information about our current scholarship opportunities, please visit this link. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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