Bookwork Circle

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Thursdays for six weeks, from September 22 — October 27, from 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm.

Complete schedule:

  • Thursday, September 22, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, September 29, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 13, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 20, 6:00pm—8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 27, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Participants in this workshop will also participate in one 30-minute one-on-one meeting with Ellen Sheffield, scheduled within the duration of the class.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on September 14, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

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

Are you highly motivated to move your artist’s book project from concept to completion? Join our Bookwork Circle – an intensive small group advanced level workshop for participants who have taken one or more of Sheffield’s other workshops at CBA – limited to 6.

Through a progression of exercises, demonstrations and assignments, the conceptual thinking and artistic skills that go into the planning and making of an artist’s book will be explored. Participants will bring a proposed book project to the workshop to develop step by step and get feedback from the instructor and the group.

By the end of the workshop each participant will have completed a one-of-a kind artist’s book or a detailed mockup for an edition to be produced later on their own.

This workshop meets once a week for 2 hours over six weeks for one-on-one mentoring and group support for individual artist’s book projects.

Required Materials:

Materials and tools will depend on each participant’s book project but generally you will need the following:

  • 3 x 5 notecards
  • sketchbook
  • several sheets of tracing paper
  • several sheets of carbon paper (black or blue)
  • misc. other papers and ephemera for collage experiments
  • Acetone (fingernail polish remover without softeners or fragrance)
  • Q-tips
  • pencils
  • pens
  • colored markers
  • pastels
  • colored pencils
  • white china marker
  • India or Sumi ink
  • ink brushes
  • UHU glue stick
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • cutting mat
  • bone folder
  • metal straight-edge ruler

Note that materials for this class may vary depending on each participant’s projects. 


  • Prior participation in one of Ellen Sheffield’s workshops at Center for Book Arts. For any questions regarding prerequisites, please email

About Ellen Sheffield

Ellen Sheffield is a visual artist, poet and teacher based in Gambier, Ohio and the California Bay Area.

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.

The Beinecke Library at Yale University, the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and many others have collected her artist’s books.


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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