How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book

Three artists are cutting bookboard for an artists book. The table they're working at has supplies (paper, rulers, tape, etc) spread out all over it.
Zoom screenshot of Maria Veronica San Martin in one of her classes.
Zoom screenshot of Maria Veronica San Martin in one of her classes.
Maria Veronica San Martin demonstrating the flag book structure via Zoom
Zoom screenshot of accordion bookbinding process in How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book.
Zoom screenshot of participants in Maria's How to Conceptualize... class. Some are showing their work from the class.
Zoom screenshot of participants in Maria's How to Conceptualize... class. Some are showing their work from the class.
A group of students surrounding Maria as she teaches.
Maria Veronica San Martin - How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist's Book
Zoom screenshot of flag books made in How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book.
Zoom screenshot of flag books made in How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book.

Event Info

This class will take place across 4 sessions:

  • Mon, March 22, 10am–12pm EDT
  • Mon, March 29, 10am–12pm EDT
  • Mon, April 5, 10am–12pm EDT
  • Mon, April 12, 10am–12pm EDT

During this intensive project based remote course, students will learn “how to think and create an artist book” by examining their concept, aesthetic, and techniques. The course will start with a brief exploration of what an artist book is, followed by demonstrations of an accordion book structure (dos-a-dos); the technique of monoprints on plexiglass, zinc or copper (a form of printmaking that produces a unique print) for images and/or text, and the final creation and construction of a flag book. Students will be able to create their own artist book in four sessions with a final critique. No prerequisites needed, but ideally participants should have some book arts knowledge or experience.

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.

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 of your scholarship status before the start date of the class.

Required materials:

  • 2 Book Board 0.098
  • A variety of book-cloths
  • PVA glue with brushes, rollers or sponge brushes
  • 5-10 Printmaking paper like BFK or Arches, white or cream
  • 1 bonefolder
  • 1 roll of wax paper
  • 1 exacto knife
  • 1 ruler and square
  • 1 cutting surface
  • a variety of etching inks (Blick art, Gambling ink)
  • printmaking spatulas
  • 2-3 speedball rollers (Blick Art)
  • 1 plexiglass surface, or zinc or copper plate
  • 1 baren, or wood spoon for cooking
  • 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 container Alcohol (99 purity is ideal but can also be any other you find)
  • a few cotton Q-tips for painting

Note: If you don’t have everything gathered for the first class no worries, since we will start using the materials related to printmaking starting from the second class. We will discuss this point in the first class too.

About the Instructor

Maria Veronica San Martin is a multidisciplinary Latin-American artist living in New York. She was a studio artist at the Whitney Museum, ISP (NYC), a scholar at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), and have participated in many international art residencies. San Martin has taught at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), Penland School of Craft (NC) postponed due to covid, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Catolica de Chile. San Martín has been performing and lecturing her “Moving Memorial” and “Dignidad” series at international museums, galleries, public libraries, universities and schools since 2016. She has exhibited nationally and internationally (currently exhibiting remotely at The Immigrant Artist Biennial in New York), awarded three Chilean grants, a NYFA grant, and her work in more than 60 collections including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Metropolitan Museum (NYC) and The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).

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