Aug
6
10:00 am10:00

Fan Accordion Book

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

A BEYOND THE BASICS Class
by Bhavna Mehta

Moorhead Studio
2611 Grandview Street
San Diego, CA 92110

$7 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
30-minute lunch break, bring a lunch

For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmembers

Tools to Bring:
Favorite # 11 Exacto handle, cutting mat, bone folder, pencil, eraser, 12” ruler

This class is a collaborative approach to book making. Each of the students will cut images into paper to make individual pages in the first half of the class. These pages will be put together for a fan accordion book in the second half.

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Bhavna Mehta teaches papercutting and book arts around San Diego. She has taught at UCDS Extension and also recently at Penland School of Craft. Please check out her extensive resume at www.bhavnamehta.com.

Artist Statement: I draw with a knife and paint with thread, cutting and sewing paper to tell visual stories. My work is based on the idea that everything is connected. Starting with a single sheet of paper, I cut out shapes to contour the story around a central character or intention. Figures, botanical motifs, symbolic elements and words form the connections within and beyond the piece. The intricacy of the connections is essential for the piece to hang together.

My style is influenced by folk art traditions from India. Born and raised in India in an extended family, I was surrounded by women who constantly embroidered, knitted, sewed, and created for the home. My mother made large freehand sand drawings to welcome the gods and guests during the festivals. Neem trees shadowed our courtyard, fragrant jasmine bloomed and were turned into leis, and the wandering cow came in to be fed every so often. The inherent abundance of these experiences and memories roots my work. As an immigrant, I am constantly longing for connections. In telling one story in a particular setting, I hope to speak in a common language about cultural and personal associations.

Aug
26
1:00 pm13:00

One-Page Wonders

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen
3503 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA 92117

$2 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

Tools to bring:
Bone folder, scissors, glue, ruler, craft knife, scoring tool, small cutting mat, if you have them. If not, I will have some available.

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Description of Class:
Starting with a sheet of paper, we will cut, fold, and turn to create multiple book structures, including the “Maze Book,” a “French Door Book,” the pamphlet fold with a flair: one with a simple pop-up, another with pockets, and more. We will complete a minimum of 5 book types, each from a single piece of paper. If there is time, we will move on to create additional structures, including the “T Fold,” the “Map Fold,” and others. You will leave the workshop with the completed books and printed instructions and layout possibilities (for cutting or for printing content on the computer) so you can create your own version of these forms. All paper will be provided.

Judith Christensen has taught book arts classes to adults and young students for over twenty years. She has worked with the San Diego Book Arts Education and Outreach Programs for many of those years, teaching in schools and libraries and coordinating programs such as “Taking Art to the Neighborhoods,” in which 700 participants made a book, and “Every Child Needs a Voice,” making books with sixty students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Madison High School. Vestiges from the past—memories, photographs, or letters—as well as words we encounter daily find their way into Judith’s artwork. They may be from her past or they might be someone else’s discards, discovered at a thrift store. It is not their source or their relationship to her that is significant. Rather, she searches for items that suggest the imprint of a human life, items that, when integrated with other elements, engage viewers in a dialog with the piece, with themselves, and, hopefully, with each other.

Nov
12
1:00 pm13:00

One-Page Wonders II

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen
3503 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA 92117

$2 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

Tools to bring:
Bone folder, scissors, glue, ruler, craft knife, scoring tool, small cutting mat, if you have them. If not, I will have some available.

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Description of Class:
Starting with a sheet of paper, we will cut, fold, and turn to create multiple book structures, including the “Maze Book,” a “French Door Book,” the pamphlet fold with a flair: one with a simple pop-up, another with pockets, and more. We will complete a minimum of 5 book types, each from a single piece of paper. If there is time, we will move on to create additional structures, including the “T Fold,” the “Map Fold,” and others. You will leave the workshop with the completed books and printed instructions and layout possibilities (for cutting or for printing content on the computer) so you can create your own version of these forms. All paper will be provided.

Judith Christensen has taught book arts classes to adults and young students for over twenty years. She has worked with the San Diego Book Arts Education and Outreach Programs for many of those years, teaching in schools and libraries and coordinating programs such as “Taking Art to the Neighborhoods,” in which 700 participants made a book, and “Every Child Needs a Voice,” making books with sixty students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Madison High School. Vestiges from the past—memories, photographs, or letters—as well as words we encounter daily find their way into Judith’s artwork. They may be from her past or they might be someone else’s discards, discovered at a thrift store. It is not their source or their relationship to her that is significant. Rather, she searches for items that suggest the imprint of a human life, items that, when integrated with other elements, engage viewers in a dialog with the piece, with themselves, and, hopefully, with each other.


May
20
1:00 pm13:00

Piano Hinge Book

Gina Pisello has taught book arts classes in school, libraries and her own home for over 12 years. She specializes in folded books or origami structures but is accomplished in many other forms. In addition to teaching, Gina coordinated 28 artists for the 2011 SDBA Collaborative Art Project: Artists Trading Cards ABC’s.

Artist's Statement: Art is an integral part of my life and artist books have been my focus since 2011. Making art with vintage materials like old dress patterns, children’s books and maps adds richness and history to my work. I am fascinated by line, shadow and texture. I strive to turn paper into dynamic, three-dimensional sculptures that invite the viewer in and reward them with hidden depth and meaning. I explore the themes of time (on the personal and geologic scale and nature in all its subtlety.

A Book Arts Basic Class by Gina Pisello
3134 Del Rey Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2 Materials Fee
Class limit: 5
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

Tools to bring:
Bone folder, scissors, glue, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, scoring tool.
Optional (please bring these items if you have them, if not I will have some available): wire cutters (for trimming the bamboo), black and white pens, chalk pastels in black and white, double stick tape (Scortape or Sookwang).

In this 3-hour class you will learn to make a basic piano hinge book, a fun structure created by Heidi Kyle. This binding requires some cutting and weaving, but once learned offers many creative applications. You will make two books, time permitting, that measure 3” x 4.5” (moon book - 9 pages) and 3” x 5.5” (kingfisher book - 7 pages). We will begin with the easier moon book and move on to the blue kingfisher which requires a bit more cutting.

All paper will be provided along with templates and bamboo skewers for binding. You will also receive a handout with instructions so you can make additional piano hinge books at home. There will be a number of sample books to look at during the workshop. They will give you some ideas for using this binding style.

 

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Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Non-Adhesive Binding

A Book Arts Basics Class by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103

All materials furnished
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 Members/$50 Non-Members

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Starting with a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, you will fold and slit the sheet to make six sections that will be sewn together to form a book block. Al will teach you a fast and efficient way to sew sections (signatures) together, a skill that is good for binders to know. For the cover you’ll take a sheet of Al's decorated cover stock and attach it to the book block. No glue, no mess. The result is a 3 1/8 x 5-inch book that will easily fit into your shirt pocket or purse.

Al Rodríguez, a San Diego native, is a retired school teacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing led naturally into book arts, which he taught to his students during the final five years of hiscareer. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement. His work has appeared in many member exhibitions and also in several private collections including those of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

Feb
25
1:00 pm13:00

Drawer and Mini-Book Workshop

A Book Arts Basic Class by Judy Christensen
3503 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA 92117

$2 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

Tools to bring:
X-acto knife
9" x 12" cutting board, if available
An object for the drawer, about 2" x 1.25" x 0.25" 
Custom paper if desired

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Are you a collector of mini-souvenirs—perhaps a tiny stone or a piece of wood—when you travel? This structure has two drawers—one for your memento and one for a book you create about the place, the time, or the event. Imagine stacking two small matchbook boxes for an idea of the size and functionality of the drawers you will create in class then wrap with handmade paper or a unique image you've made and printed at home. You will receive a template for sizing, cutting and folding a mini-book that fits neatly into the book drawer and will also create a prototype in class.

Judith Christensen has taught book arts classes to adults and young students for over twenty years. She has worked with the San Diego Book Arts Education and Outreach Programs for many of those years, teaching in schools and libraries and coordinating programs such as “Taking Art to the Neighborhoods,” in which 700 participants made a book, and “Every Child Needs a Voice,” making books with sixty students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Madison High School.

Oct
15
1:00 pm13:00

The Tunnel Book

A Book Arts Basic Class by Judy Christensen
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1 pm to 4 pm
3503 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA
All materials will be furnished
Class limit: 6
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Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

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The tunnel book entices you to visually venture into its pages. The overall effect is to create the illusion of depth and perspective, featuring openings that allow the reader to look through successive pages to the back cover. All the images work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps tell a story. Or in a book without images, the cut pages, viewed together, create a three-dimensional pattern composed of form and color. We will explore different ways to construct a tunnel book, and then use pre-cut pages to create and complete a book.