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
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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, January 21, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, January 27, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, January 28, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, January 29, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, January 29, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Ever tried to decipher a complex graffiti tag on an old freight car? In this one-day lettering design workshop we will explore different graffiti styles, learn some alphabets and techniques, and practical uses, and make a personal “tag” or name. Imagine the uses for this skill!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, January 31, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, February 15, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 5:00 PM
Julia Goodman

This one day workshop serves as an introduction to the history of handmade paper, with an overview of handmade paper in contemporary art and DIY papermaking.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM
Elaine Chu

Enhance your collage skills and add a new twist to your finished pieces with beeswax. Working with various papers, imagery, and melted wax students will leave class with finished artworks ready to hang.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, February 19, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Do you know who developed the Klingon alphabet from Star Trek? Are you familiar with J. R. R. Tolkien’s Elvish scripts in Lord of the Rings? In this workshop students invent a script and experiment with it using a variety of tools and media while incorporating aspects of lettering design such as spacing, stroke quality, and character. From beginner to advanced, design your own invented code alphabet!

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, February 21, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 4, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 4:00 PM
Ann Miller

Get comfortable with handling the broad edged pen and start making some beautiful Italic letters! Open the doors to a new world of writing possibilities in this two-day workshop that offers an excellent introduction to the structure and fluid rhythm of Italic letterform.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 2:00 PM
End: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 9:30 PM
Emmanuel Sevilla

You can letter with just about anything, you just need a little exposure how! From the outlandish, to the time-honored, no tool will be left unturned in this workshop as students dive deeper into the fantastic world of hand lettering.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, April 10, 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!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

This class will present a brief history of Surrealism and discuss the principles and techniques of the Surrealist methods as a “way of working” that can “crossover” and be applied to your own arts projects. Each participant will create a collage/assemblage using the principles and practices of Surrealism identified in the class.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
Julia Goodman

This one day workshop serves as an introduction to the history of handmade paper, with an overview of handmade paper in contemporary art and DIY papermaking.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

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

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, April 28, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, April 30, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Let your fingers loose and watch your wrists dance with these broad edge pen twists, rotations, slides and pivots. Poise at the top and skate down the page with new moves. Learning how to make these Bone Alphabet letters promotes rhythm and greater flexibility for invention of all kinds of forms that will enliven your drawing and bring freedom and expression to your writing.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Make your own medication 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Finally! An all day image transfer class! Learn the core methods for transferring images and text to all surfaces: paper, fabric, wood and metal, then spend the day playing and exploring the world of image transfers.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:00 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this workshop students will learn to make folded pens, also know as cola pens, exploring the basic strokes for mark making and gesture, as well as a variety of alphabets. Your own unique marks with this very individual with this pen!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

It's that time of the year when presents abound. Make your gifts and holiday greetings stand out with hand patterned embellishments made from your own carved soft block. Take an evening and learn to personalize your gift giving this year.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Decorate your space in style with this fun twist on traditional bookbinding skills. Learn to combine paper and binders’ board to create lovely three dimensional geometric shapes that are sure to jazz up any room.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, January 13, 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, January 20, 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, January 21, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, January 21, 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: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 5:30 PM
Judy Serebrin

Create a magical artists’ book in a day from your own deconstructed drawings.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, February 3, 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, February 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.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Get into the spirit of the coming lovey holiday by creating tiny leather books to wear or gift for St. Valentine’s Day! Share your love and love of books by creating a couple of tiny tomes to wear or share.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, February 10, 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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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:30 PM
Steph Rue

In this one and a half-day workshop, students will learn various methods of surface decoration using Korean techniques and materials. Students will create a collection of samples including backed, waxed, burnished, and felted papers that can be used as book covers.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, March 10, 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, March 11, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 11, 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: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, March 11, 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
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 28, 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, April 29, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, April 29, 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, Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:30 PM
Pam DeLuco

Dial in your hand bookbinding toolkit with this workshop that teaches the basics of handspinning on a drop spindle with a focus on spinning yarn that is suitable for sewing books.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4:00 PM
Alisa Golden

Have you always wanted to write but were unsure how to begin? Interested in including words in your visual work? This gentle workshop will shine light on how words can be used like other art media to describe an object, to capture a mood, to tell a story, and to transform how we see the world.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:30 PM
Howard Munson

With a bit of imagination and a few basic tools, this structured workshops will get you started on the path to making pop-up books from geometric designs.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn to make an adorable library of books small enough to fit in your pocket! Share your love of books by creating a set of tiny tomes to wear and share.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 9:30 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
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn the basic operations of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine. Students in this workshop will stamp brass type and ornaments onto leather, board, and paper.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, January 17, 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: Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, February 23, 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: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, March 28, 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: Monday, January 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, January 29, 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: Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, February 12, 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: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

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, March 13, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

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: Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

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: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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: Friday, April 6, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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, April 23, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, April 23, 2018, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 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: Thursday, December 28, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, December 28, 2017, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

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: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 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: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

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

Open