Bookwork 101 Part Three: Artist as Image Maker

Event Info

This three-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Thursdays, November 3—17, from 6:00 pm—8:00 pm.

  • Thursday, November 3, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 10, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on October 26, at 11:59pm.

Sign up for multiple Bookwork 101 workshops and you will automatically receive a 10% discount.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Ellen Sheffield.

This workshop is part three of a four-part series of progressive workshops for eager novices – makers who are new to the book art genre and who are looking for an opening pathway into the conceptual thinking and artistic skills that go into the planning and making of an artist’s book. Sign up for multiple Bookwork 101 workshops and you will automatically receive a 10% discount.

It may seem obvious that artists make images, yet the way that images are used in artist’s books is particular to the genre and multi-layered due to the presence of “time”. Artists’ books take time to move through the pages. This workshop explores in depth the capacity and sway of images whether in a group, series or sequence to carry a story and to create a pace and rhythm that moves a viewer through the book.

Participants will engage in exercises from gathering images, making drawings and transfers to cropping and collaging techniques. The relationship of text and image will be explored such as whether to integrate text and image or to create parallel narratives.

The goal of this workshop is to expose participants to the various ways images can be used in support of their book project concept and text.

Required Materials:

Required Materials:

  • 3” x 5” notecards (a dozen)
  • pen or pencil
  • 8.5” x 11” text weight paper (a dozen pieces)
  • 9” x 12” or larger sketchbook paper or heavier weight drawing paper (a dozen sheets)
  • 11” x 17” or 12” x 18” text weight paper for making simple accordions
  • charcoal
  • India or Sumi ink
  • brushes
  • q-tips
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • glue stick
  • bone folder
  • masking tape
  • Acetone (fingernail polish remover without softeners or fragrance)
  • Photocopies of different news photos (not inkjet print) (6 photocopies)
  • Magazines, newspapers, assorted ephemera for collage
  • Carbon paper (a few sheets)
  • Tracing paper (a few sheets)

About Ellen Sheffield

Ellen Sheffield is a visual artist, poet and teacher based in Gambier, Ohio and Point Richmond, California.

Her works on paper and artist’s books play with image and text intersections to create unexpected readings. Collaborations with poets, experiments with found text and working with visual scores are some of the ways she engages with themes of place, memory and language perception in her studio practice, Unit IV Arts.

Beinecke Library at Yale University, Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design and many others have collected her artist’s books.She is co-curator with Tia Blassingame of “Troubling: Artists’ Books that enlighten and disrupt old ways of being and seeing” on exhibit at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in spring of 2022.


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! 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.

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