Introduction to Bookbinding: Online Workshop Series with Elizabeth Castaldo

This immersive, five-session workshop series with Elizabeth Castaldo will cover multiple basic bookbinding forms.

This class will take place across five sessions:

Mondays, October 5 – November 2, 6-9pm EDT

In this introductory five-part workshop series, students will learn the basic use of bookbinding tools and materials, along with introductory bookbinding structures. Students will learn about non-adhesive structures, bindings for single sheets, and other bindings that can be made with little specialized equipment. Accordion books and pamphlet books are just two of the structures that will be taught during the course.

This class is ideal for those who wish to learn simple forms for presenting work, or for building fundamental knowledge of bookbinding.

There are 12 spots open in this workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.


The Center for Book Arts is offering an optional add-on for a materials kit which can be shipped to students. We recommend that participants purchase this, as it guarantees that all paper is cut correctly and you have all materials prepared for the book structures that will be taught in this class. The materials kit includes: all text weight and cover weight paper cut to size, glue, book board, bookbinding thread, book cloth, wax paper. You may purchase this during your checkout process. If you prefer not to purchase the materials kit, the Center will email you a list of all required materials and paper sizes that should be prepared before the start of class.

There is an optional add-on for a tool kit, which includes: a bone folder, awl, bookbinding needle, metal triangle, snap-off blade knife, and glue brush. You may also purchase this during your checkout process.

* Right now, the Center for Book Arts can only ship materials and tools kits to students living within the United States or Canada.

The required supplies not included in either the materials or tool kit are:

– a cutting mat

– one roll of 3M 415 tape, 1/4″ thick:

About the Instructor:

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Elizabeth works with printmaking, drawing, and collage to make works on paper and artists books that explore nature and the body. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts, NYC and Printmaker’s Open Forum. In 2019 Elizabeth’s work was included in the traveling exhibition, “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered”. She organized the exchange portfolio “Earth/Mother” for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico”. She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons, Nassau Community College and the Center for Book Arts NYC. Elizabeth’s work is held in many private and institutional collections including at Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University.

Portrait image courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.