Arts

Arts workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book are the creative heart of bookmaking –  where concept, materials, form and content come together. You'll find courses on varying approaches for creating an artist's book, the many art processes to capture your vision, and structures to spark your imagination.

Workshops: Arts
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, July 9, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, July 9, 2018, 10:00 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 9:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. In this workshop, students will stamp brass type and ornaments onto paper, board covered with bookcloth, and leather.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 15, 2018, 4:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Explore the possibilities of making prints from flowers, plants, and other materials found in nature in this two-day workshop.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

If you’ve been seeking an interesting and elegant way to house your book and paper structures or you’re just looking for a beautiful, non-traditional box for storing things, this workshop is your answer. Spend a day learning to construct a charming and functional hatch-top box with a bottom drawer.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Have you been dreaming of honing your marbling skills but are unsure of doing it on your own? This workshop will allow you to do just that! Guided by Italian marbler Pietro Accardi, students will have a day to practice techniques learned in SFCB’s Introduction to Marbling workshops and leave with a stack of their own marbled paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Imagine the surprise of a Jacob’s Ladder structure combined with the possibilities of a flip book and you've got a Flim Flam book! Take a day and explore the creative potential of two non-traditional book forms.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Alchemy is more than just turning lead into gold. Trace the history of the process, learn about its applications and identify ways that you can use alchemical influences in your own art in this 4-hour workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ralph Sanders

Gather your drawings and get ready to transfer your imagery into scratchboard illustration. Learn the basics of this accessible direct engraving technique in this one-day workshop.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 5:00 PM
Judy Serebrin

Have beautiful scraps from bookmaking/printmaking/photography projects? This workshop will teach you how to make them into charming miniature books.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine the simple structure of an accordion book with the playful elements of pop-ups and collage. Here's the opportunity to combine content and form to communicate your unique vision.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

Discover the possibilities of brush lettering. By learning some of the fundamental techniques and principles of letter formation, sign writing, and calligraphy, students will learn how to create their very own letter designs using watercolor and gouache painting methods.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Break out of the clamshell and slip case box for storing your bookish objects. Using binders’ board and marbled paper, learn to construct a decorative box with two drawers as an alternative storage option.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Children’s board books make a great base for altered book projects. This class will show you how to transform a board book into a handmade art book using collage, acrylic techniques, and stamping. Students will discover how to add playful secret pockets, tags, and pop-ups to add elements of dimension and surprise.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 5:30 PM
Oriol Miro i Genovart

ROMAN CAPITALS: Majestic, serene, balanced, harmonious, fabulous, strong and delicate, any adjective is short to describe Roman Majuscules’ beauty. In this course we will learn how they were written, through the experience firsthand of the flat brush calligraphy tricks and tips like pressure and rotation. We will get the skill to write those damned and delicate serifs like true roman scribes.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 26, 2018, 4:00 PM
Alisa Golden

Have you always wanted to write but were unsure how to begin? Interested in using words in your visual work? In this gentle workshop we will first bind our own notebook, then move through a series of guided writing explorations that have the potential to inspire future practices and projects.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 4:00 PM
Katherine Dedlow

Learn the process of woodcut printmaking, in and out then enter a new realm by introducing collage! We will be making one of a kind prints and discover the magic in experimentation. No experience necessary.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Get medieval! Learn the history and fundamentals of Gothic Textura in this introductory calligraphy workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Friday, September 14, 2018, 2:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 12:30 PM
Steph Rue

In this introductory, hands-on workshop, students will learn how to make hanji, a Korean handmade paper.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 5:00 PM
Rea de Guzman

If you're looking to begin making artists' books or adding content to existing books, color theory is a great place to start. Through a series of hands-on exercises, this course covers the basics of color theory and acrylic techniques that are essential for artists working in any medium.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

This extension of our popular Introduction to Western Marbling workshop will help students take their marbling skills to the next level as they learn to marble on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine accordion folds, signatures, and a piano hinge spine to create a unique book with a playful hiding place.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Do you love the alchemy of printed words and images that mix and grow with the turning of pages? Do the complex layers of meaning that can arise within a book fascinate you? If so, the Artists’ Book is a medium worthy of your exploration. Begin to delve into this rich and expanding format in this one-day class that introduces the history, basic structures, and an overview of the practices used by book artists. Bring your own quotes, short poems, or images and craft a book during the day to get a taste of the joy that is the making of Artists’ Books.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Unleash your imagination and add a level of individuality to your hand lettering in this one-day experimental calligraphy workshop. Students will learn make two or three different kinds of cola pens and will explore the basics of the pen for mark making and gesture, study a variety of ruling pen alphabets and learn the body language that makes the strokes. No prior calligraphy experience needed.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 15, 2018, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. In this workshop, students will stamp brass type and ornaments onto paper, board covered with bookcloth, and leather.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 9:30 PM
Rea de Guzman

Step up your mixed media techniques and new layers of content to your collage and book arts projects with this introductory course to image transfers. Students will learn a variety of transfer techniques and leave with samples to take home and incorporate into their own art processes.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, October 29, 2018, 9:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Collage is a process of exploration: with X-Acto in hand, we sift through old magazines, discarded books, and other scraps and ephemera in search of patterns, looking to unite images that were once separate. Learn how to stock your toolkit before you set out while getting a hands-on introduction to collage!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:30 PM
Michelle Wilson

From fibers to formed sheets, students in this workshop will learn to make thin yet strong paper in the Japanese tradition.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Make your own meditation scroll, a unique design and process developed by the instructor. There will be a brief history of the scroll and an introduction to focused awareness and stillness in the making of art.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

Discover the possibilities of brush lettering. By learning some of the fundamental techniques and principles of letter formation, sign writing, and calligraphy, students will learn how to create their very own letter designs using watercolor and gouache painting methods.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 12:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. In this workshop, students will stamp brass type and ornaments onto paper, board covered with bookcloth, and leather.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Have you been dreaming of honing your marbling skills but are unsure of doing it on your own? This workshop will allow you to do just that! Guided by Italian marbler Pietro Accardi, students will have a day to practice techniques learned in SFCB’s Introduction to Marbling workshops and leave with a stack of their own marbled paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn the basics of pochoir, a stenciling technique that is great for editioning and book art. Pochoir will help you add color and depth to your projects.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, November 12, 2018, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Alchemy is more than just turning lead into gold. Trace the history of the process, learn about its applications and identify ways that you can use alchemical influences in your own art in this 4-hour workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, November 25, 2018, 4:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Eco Printing is not just for paper! Take a weekend and learn to incorporate this amazing process onto other natural materials while experimenting with the range of printing options including some edible plants.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Looking for a creative way to produce letterpress printed imagery for your print and book projects? Try pressure printing! Learn the process of building plates made from paper to add graphics to your letterpress prints.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

In this popular mail art class, students will be guided through the basics of creating faux postage (a.k.a “artist stamps”) using a variety of different mixed media techniques.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ralph Sanders

Gather your drawings and get ready to transfer your imagery into scratchboard illustration. Learn the basics of this accessible direct engraving technique in this one-day workshop.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 PM
Matt Runkle

Do you have stacks of old books lying around that no longer have monetary, cultural, or personal value and are just taking up space? Transform them into works of art!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Spend a joyful afternoon learning this centuries old process that produces exciting, intricate designs, and offers endless possibilities for decorating paper. Colorful and fun, this method is easy to learn and the papers created can be used for many purposes.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Make your own decorative paper and amaze your friends and family! This workshop is a fun introduction to printing on a cylinder proof press, introducing creative techniques such as pressure printing, overlapping print runs, and ghost printing.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30 PM
Michelle Wilson

A one day introduction to handmade paper in the European tradition, as well as the handmade-paper technique of making imagery through pulp painting. Pulp painting involves finely beaten paper pulp that can act like paint to make beautiful images in handmade paper.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

A fun and versatile box that can be used as a shadow display box or a more traditional puzzle box with beads where you can test your patience. Spend a day creating your own.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Create a watercolor sketchbook small enough to travel with you on any artistic adventure. Students will create an exposed spine sketchbook with magnetic closures, on which they can apply basic design and watercolor techniques.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open