Artist Books: Concept & Making

flag book structure each flag printed with a black drawing of a face
In Their Memory (open book interior) Maria Veronica San Martin
Maria Veronica San Martin demonstrating the flag book structure via Zoom
Zoom screenshot of accordion bookbinding process in How to Conceptualize and Create an Artist Book.
Zoom screenshot of Maria Veronica San Martin in one of her classes.
Zoom screenshot of Maria Veronica San Martin in one of her classes.

Event Info

This online workshop takes place via Zoom across three consecutive sessions on Tuesday, February 22; Wednesday; February 23; and Thursday, February 24 from 6–8pm ET:

  • Tues, Feb 22 6–8pm ET
  • Wed, Feb 23, 6–8pm ET
  • Thurs, Feb 24 6–8pm ET

About the Workshop:

Instructor Maria Veronica San Martin leads this online course for all experience levels on how to conceptualize and make your own artist book!

The course begins with a contextual lesson on the book as an artistic medium – helping provide students with inspiration for their own work.

Then the class transitions to art-making – including learning the do’s and don’t of accordion book structure, the technique of monoprints on plexiglass, and the creation and construction of a flag book.

By the end of the course, each student will have created their own artist book and the class will engage in a final critique and discussion of all the work produced!

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!


Required materials:

  • 2 Book Board 0.098
  • A variety of book-cloths
  • PVA glue with brushes, rollers or sponge brushes
  • 5-10 Printmaking paper like BFK or Arches, white or cream
  • 1 bonefolder
  • 1 roll of wax paper
  • 1 exacto knife
  • 1 ruler and square
  • 1 cutting surface
  • A variety of etching inks (Blick art, Gambling ink)
  • printmaking spatulas
  • 2-3 speedball rollers (Blick Art)
  • 1 plexiglass surface, or zinc or copper plate
  • 1 baren, or wood spoon for cooking
  • 1 sand block (find in any hardware store)
  • 1 plastic round container (yogurt)
  • 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 container Alcohol (99 purity is ideal but can also be any other you find)
  • A few cotton Q-tips for painting

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!

Suggested reading:

  • Freedom of the Presses: Artists’ Books in the Twenty-First Century. Published by Booklyn, 2018.

About the Instructor

Maria Veronica San Martin is a multidisciplinary Latin-American artist living in New York.

She has been a studio artist at the Whitney Museum, ISP (NYC), and a scholar at the Center for Book Arts (NYC) in addition to participating in many international art residencies.

San Martin has taught at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), Penland School of Craft (NC), Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Since 2016, San Martín has been performing and lecturing her Moving Memorial and Dignidad series at international museums, galleries, public libraries, universities, and schools.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Immigrant Artist Biennial in New York and has been awarded three Chilean grants as well as a NYFA grant.

Her work in more than 60 collections including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Metropolitan Museum (NYC), and The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

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