Artist Books: Concept & Making

Event Info

This workshop takes place across four in-person sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 16–20, from 6–9pm and also includes 3 complimentary work hours in CBA’s printshop and bindery studios:

  • Mon, May 16, 6–9pm
  • Tues, May 17, 6–9pm
  • Thurs, May 19, 6–9pm
  • Friday, May 20, 6–9pm
  • +3 complementary work hours in CBA’s printshop and bindery studios during business hours: Mon–Thurs, 11am–6pm and Fri & Sat 11am–5pm (usually studio rental costs $25/hour)

Registration for this workshop closes on Monday, May 9 extended to Wednesday, May 11!


About the Workshop:

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 participants are required to comply with CBA’s health & safety policy requiring that all visitors be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine, please contact Executive Director Corina Reynolds at corina@centerforbookarts.org in advance of your visit.

  • X-acto knife

All other materials and tools will be provided by CBA at no additional cost to the students.

Note: Please be aware that shipping is often delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find the art supplies required for this class at Blick Art Materials and Talas as well as select items in CBA’s own shop!


About the Instructor

Maria Veronica San Martin (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.

She has been performing and lecturing her Moving Memorial and Dignidad series at international museums, galleries, public libraries, universities, and schools since 2016. San Martín has also exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Immigrant Artist Biennial (New York) Her work is in more than 60 collections including those of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Metropolitan Museum (NYC), and The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).


All images courtesy of the instructor.

There are a total of 12 spots available in this small-group workshop to ensure the Instructor is able to support each student’s work and process. Registration for this class closes on Friday, May 13 at 11:59pm.

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