The Carousel Book

Event Info

This two-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 11:00 am—4:00pm.

  • Saturday, October 1, 11:00am — 4:00pm
  • Sunday, October 2, 11:00am — 4:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Friday, September 23, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Maria G Pisano. A carousel book is an ingenious work, containing three-dimensional panoramic scenes that are revealed in multilayered openings that recede into space. Its seductiveness comes as a result of its construction, a series of five scenes, which when taken together are a play in five acts. Viewed through windows or other intricate opening, they take the viewer in their world, beckoning with surprises of creative multidimensional visual experiences. When fully opened it creates a full 180 degrees stage, which from an aerial perspective can be seen as a complex star, with the viewer performing a dance around it.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to conceptualize a 3D structure where all the parts relate to one another to tell a story; will come away with a working knowledge of binding methodology for a carousel book, including covers and pages; will learn proper cutting for this book form; and will learn the history of movable structure.

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:

Please note that for the Carousel Book Workshop we are working with content. Because of our limited time, please choose the alphabet or landscape as a subject. Come with images that will support your chosen theme, for Front, Middle, Back and Front cover – Suggestions are drawings, photos or images that you can cut up, etc. – these should be printed or Xeroxed on cover weight paper (65lb.or heavier) Each book is created with four layers – Backing panel, Front panel, Middle panel, and a Cover.
Additionally, in your pages, you can use stencils, assorted decorative papers, and any collage materials you would like to incorporate in your works, and / or direct drawing. When designing the book consider line, movement, colors, composition, contrast, unity and balance of entire work. Below are final sizes of book pages – choose your images accordingly.
Additional Required Materials:
  • Self healing mat, no smaller than 12″ x 18″
  • small snap blade knife (note: that there is a lot of cutting involved for the book, to reveal all the many layers, and I recommend the Olfa knife)
  • 7″high plastic or metal triangle
  • stick glue
  • small scissors
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • 12″ metal ruler
  • bone folder

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

About Maria G. Pisano

Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator. Her Memory Press works are represented in the Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University, and many more.

Ms. Pisano has exhibited widely—including a solo exhibition titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper. Over the years she has curated a number of exhibitions at Center for Book Arts in NYC, such as Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response. In 2021 she curated Crossroads at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey.  

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

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