Artist Books: Concept & Making

Event Info

This four-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Monday—Thursday, September 12—15, from 6:00 pm—9:00 pm.

  • Monday, September 12, 6:00pm—9:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 13, 6:00—9:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 14, 6:00pm—9:00pm
  • Thursday, September 15, 6:00pm—9:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Sunday, September 4, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Maria Veronica San Martín. This in-person course on conceptualizing and making artist’s books for all experience levels (though some previous book arts knowledge or experience is helpful) is taught by Instructor Maria Veronica San Martin in CBA’s studios.

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 binding structures—dos-a-dos and flag book—that they can choose between for their respective projects. Subsequent lessons will cover printmaking topics like creating images by monoprint, woodcut, or collage techniques.

At the end of the course, each participant will have created their own artist’s 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 and process. Register now before the class fills up!

Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email

Required Materials:

  • X-acto knife

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 September 4 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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