Bookbinding I: Introduction to Softcover Binding

Event Info

This weekend, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Tuesdays October 15–November 19 (skips November 5 – Election Day), 2024 from 5:00–8:00pm.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 22, 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 29, 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 12, 5:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 5:00pm–8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on October 8 at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor María Verónica San Martín. In this introductory class you will learn the basic use of bookbinding tools and materials, along with bookbinding structures.

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.

This class is ideal for those who wish to learn simple forms for presenting work, or for building fundamental knowledge on bookbinding.

Required Materials:

  • Pencil and paper for note-taking
  • Bookbinding awl
  • Bone folder
  • Olfa silver knife and blades, or exact-o knife

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

About the Instructor

María Verónica San Martín is a Chilean, New York-based multidisciplinary artist and educator who explores the impacts of history, memory, and trauma through archives, artist books, installation, sculpture, and performance art. She was a fellow at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, holds an MA from The Corcoran School of Art and Design, George Washington University, Washington DC and a Graphic Design BA from Universidad Finis terrae, Chile. San Martin has been an artist-in-residence at The Center for Book Arts, Art OMI, Interlude, all in the New York area and AT Proyecto ACE in Argentina.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

The registration fee for this class is $525 tuition plus a $25 materials fee. Looking forward to seeing you soon at Center for Book Arts! 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.

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