Bookbinding I and II Intensive

Two set of hands working on books. Gluing, trimming paper, etc.
Two people in the process of bookbinding. Measuring, scoring paper, etc.
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Event Info

Course Code: 24MBB150I

This five-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Monday through Friday, August 12–16, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Monday, August 12, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 16, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on July 29, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

In this introductory yet comprehensive in-person intensive workshop taught by CBA instructor Maria Verónica San Martín, students will have the opportunity to deep-dive into both softcover binding and hardcover binding. Students will learn about non-adhesive structures, bindings for single sheets, and other bindings that can be made with little specialized equipment. Accordions, pamphlets, drum leaf books, and a variety of softcover bindings will be taught during the course. Students will also gain a foundational understanding of hardcover bookbinding including how the structure beneath the cover can affect the final result. Students will develop the skills needed to create a variety of hardcover books that will prepare them for building more complex hardcover designs such as the inboard cloth-bound book. 

Don’t miss this chance to dive into the world of bookbinding with this specialized intensive!


Required Materials:

  • Pencil and paper for note-taking
  • Bookbinding awl
  • Bone folder
  • Snap-off knife, or exact-o knife

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

About Maria Verónica San Martín

Maria Verónica San Martín (she/her) is a multidisciplinary Latin American artist based in New York.

She was a Whitney Museum ISP artist, a Center for Book Arts scholar, and has participated in numerous international art residencies.  She has awarded two NYFA grants, three Chilean fellowships, and one Sustainable Arts. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, with four solo exhibitions this year and a commission for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Her work is part of more than 80 collections including the MET, the Whitney, the Pompidou and the Museum of Memory of Chile.

San Martín teaches Book Arts at Parsons, The New School, Center for Book Arts (NYC), Penland School of Craft (NC), Miami University (OH) and has conducted workshops for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vera List Center, Booklyn Art and Weeksville Heritage Center.  She serves on the board of Booklyn Art as she creates and prints artist books that belong to her “Moving Memorials” series of 203 hand-made books with printmaking techniques.

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 July 29 at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $875 + a $25 materials fee.

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