Photo Pop-Ups

Event Info

This four-week, virtual workshop takes place at Zoom on Tuesdays, May 2–23, from 6–8pm ET. 

  • Tuesday, May 2, 6pm–8pm
  • Tuesday, May 9, 6pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, May 16, 6pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, May 23, 6pm-8pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Tuesday, April 25, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Shawn Sheehy.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Are you looking for an imaginative way to draw attention to your images?
BOOK ARTISTS: Are you looking for innovative ways to incorporate photo into your books?
ART MAKERS: Do you have tons of images on your phone just begging for further play?

Answering “Yes!” means that you are ready to explore the intersection of photography and paper engineering; in short, PHOTO POP-UPS. This workshop unpacks the fundamentals of paper engineering by discussing tools and materials, examining trade book examples, and building a series of foundational structures. And because YOUR photos are what matters most to you, there will be dedicated time to incorporating your own images into paper-engineered structures. You will leave the class with a bound collection of models and a means of satisfying the itch to take your photos one step further.

Required Materials:

The Tool List:
  • bone folder
  • steel ruler
  • xacto knife/blades
  • self-healing mat
  • scissors
  • pencil
The Supply List:
  • White card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • PVA (or other strong white craft glue)
  • Access to a color printer

About Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.


All images courtesy of the instructor. 

Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.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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