Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Book Arts Basics & Tricks of the Trade

(What every book artist already knows or needs to know)

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

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To bring: One pad of paper (8.5” x 11”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 17”); your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn the basics of using the materials and tools common to all book making, including time-saving tips and ways to work smarter, not harder. Even if you’re a grizzled veteran of book arts, I guarantee you’ll learn at least one new thing! Paper - weight (g/m2??), grain direction, folding, slitting, cutting, creasing, scoring, terminology. Cutting Tools – An overview of available cutting tools and the proper way to use them, from knives to a tabletop paper cutter. You’ll make and keep a sharpening tool that will keep your cutting tools razor sharp. Measuring without a rule. Benchhook basics – cutting, scoring, creasing, repetition, drawing. Sewing – thread, needles, wax. We’ll make a simple sewn book. Archival – what’s it mean? Surprise (you gotta come to see what it is). All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Non-Adhesive Binding

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

To bring: Your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
Add To Cart

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. I 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 we’ll take a sheet of decorated cover stock that I’ve made 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.   All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Book Arts Basics & Tricks of the Trade

(What every book artist already knows or needs to know)

BA Basics.jpeg

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information
contact Janis Reeser.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
Add To Cart

To bring: One pad of paper (8.5” x 11”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 17”); your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn the basics of using the materials and tools common to all book making, including time-saving tips and ways to work smarter, not harder. Even if you’re a grizzled veteran of book arts, I guarantee you’ll learn at least one new thing! Paper - weight (g/m2??), grain direction, folding, slitting, cutting, creasing, scoring, terminology. Cutting Tools – An overview of available cutting tools and the proper way to use them, from knives to a tabletop paper cutter. You’ll make and keep a sharpening tool that will keep your cutting tools razor sharp. Measuring without a rule. Benchhook basics – cutting, scoring, creasing, repetition, drawing. Sewing – thread, needles, wax. We’ll make a simple sewn book. Archival – what’s it mean? Surprise (you gotta come to see what it is). All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Non-Adhesive Binding

Non Adhesive Binding.jpeg

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

To bring: Your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

Membership Status:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

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. I 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 we’ll take a sheet of decorated cover stock that I’ve made 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.   All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Designing a Pad Glue Book

A Book Arts Basics class
by Doria Goocher
5623 Madra Avenue
San Diego, CA 92120

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$4.00 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Starting with a book block, students will add padding compound to the spine that binds the pages together. Then, they will cover the front and back covers with decorative papers. To finish, a strong 4” strap of paper will connect front to back, wrapping around the spine. The book will measure 2-1/2” x 6-3/4”. The advantage of a pad glue book is that you can tear a page from it without damaging the book. Students may make additional books during this session. This is a fun and quick method of designing an artful book that makes a delightful gift.

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Doria Goocher is a San Diego native who started her business, “Designs by Doria” 37 years ago. As a fiber artist, she has recently been designing images with fiber and paper. Her designs have been featured in books and magazines. Her paper products are sold in museum and gallery gift shops. Doria’s art books have been shown in many of SDBA exhibitions. View her work on her website: designsbydoria.com.

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Sep
2
1:00 PM13:00

Movable Parts One

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen


Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$3 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis

Tools to bring:
Essential: X-acto knife, sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, metal straight edge (for cutting—if ruler is metal, just a ruler is fine).
If Available: small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), centering ruler, stylus (for scoring before folding), square, markers or colored pencils,  Japanese hole punch.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
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Add movement to your artist’s books. We will begin by constructing a prototype for a “Slide-out Panorama/Pop-up Theater” structure. This form folds flat for storage (or mailing). For display, the sides slide out to create a theater/diorama format. We will talk about ideas for adding text and stand-up structures. As time allows, we will then create an accordion fold book with two forms of pop-ups: one cut from the existing page with a colored background and one using the existing page as the base with cut and folded forms added. This accordion will have one to several (depending on time) pop-up forms in it. Paper for all structures, templates and instructions with measurements 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, 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. 

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Sep
1
9:00 AM09:00

Movable Parts Three

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$3 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Note: After class, we will go to “Fung Fung Yuen” for Dim Sum (optional).

Tools to bring:
Essential: X-acto knife, sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, metal straight edge (for cutting—if ruler is metal, just a ruler is fine).
If Available: small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), centering ruler, stylus (for scoring before folding), square, markers or colored pencils.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
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Add movement to your artist’s books—this time with pull-tabs and parts that slide and turn. We will explore how to animate parts of your images and pieces of text to add excitement to your books. As time allows, we will construct up to four different forms, then attach them to a concertina. Paper for all structures, templates, and instructions will be provided. This class is for any skill level—no previous book arts experience is needed—and is open to all, even if you have not yet taken Movable Parts One and/or Two..

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, 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. 

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Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Movable Parts Two Workshop

 Book Arts Basics Class by Judith Christensen

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Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials fee: $2
Class limit: 6

For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Tools to Bring:
Required: X-acto knife, sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, scissors, metal straight edge (for cutting—if ruler is metal, just a ruler is fine).
Suggested: Small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), centering ruler, stylus (for scoring before folding), square, markers or colored pencils (for embellishing pop-up or sliding/flipping forms in your book).

Imaginative and fun, books with movable parts are especially engaging. We will begin with some elementary pop-up structures that use the page as the base into which the added forms that compose the actual pop-up are fitted. We will construct an accordion book with basic pop-up structures, such as a form that can be a table top, one that can be a cube, and others that additional forms and content can be glued onto. As time allows, we will then create samples that have parts that pull to change the image, and parts that have a tab that turns, flips, or slides them.

Note: This is Part Two of a two-part series on Movable Parts for Artists’ Books. There is no requirement to take Part One before Part Two. All are welcome to participate in Part Two.

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.

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Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

Stab Binding

A Book Arts Basics Class by Judith Christensen

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Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmembers
Materials fee: $5
Class limit: 6

For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Tools to Bring:
Required: Sharp pencil & eraser; X-Acto knife, scissors, lunch
Suggested: wax paper, bone folder, long straight-edge (for tearing paper), 12” ruler (or, ideally, a centering ruler), self-healing mat, awl, 45° plastic template/ruler (drafting or quilting angle), glue stick, PVA (PVA & brushes/rollers will also be provided)

Japanese stab binding is a traditional bookbinding method that is beautiful, elegant and practical. Appropriate for journals, photo albums, and other content, it is a basic structure every book artist should learn. Although helpful, no previous experience is required for this workshop. In this hands-on class, participants will make a book with hard covers, using book cloth and book board, and acid-free pages suitable for a sketchbook or daybook. One-hour lunch break will be included in the day.

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.

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May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Pocket Folder Book

  • 3134 Del Rey Avenue Carlsbad, CA, 92009 United States (map)
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by Gina Pisello
3134 Del Rey Avenue
Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
760-436-6117
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 5

For more information contact Janis Reeser.
NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

To bring: Craft knife, cutting mat, ruler, bone folder, scoring tool, awl.

Journals and planners are very popular now. You can make your own pocket sized, folded journal, perfect for taking to workshops, making lists or sketching on the go. In this 3 hour class you will learn to make a 4 x 6 folded structure and sew a signature of pages inside. The pockets are great for holding paper samples, business cards, etc. I will also show you a variation on the original Hedi Kyle design that gives you twice as many pockets as the original. You will leave this class with 2 completed journals and instructions to make as many as you want at home. All materials furnished. 

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.

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May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Taking Flight - a Japanese Stab Bound Book

  • 3134 Del Rey Avenue Carlsbad, CA, 92009 United States (map)
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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Gina Pisello

3134 Del Rey Avenue
Carlsbad, CA
92009
760-436-6117

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 5

For more information contact Janis Reeser.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

To bring: craft knife, cutting mat, ruler, bone folder, scoring tool, and awl.

Join me for an afternoon of book arts and folding fun as we make a Japanese stab bound book that has folded cranes on the fore edge of each page.. You will learn some basic origami terms, a simple but lovely stab binding and time saving tips. Paper, waxed linen thread, templates, and instructions will be provided for this class.

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.

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Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Non-Adhesive Binding

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

To bring: Your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

Non Adhesive Binding.jpeg

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. I 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 we’ll take a sheet of decorated cover stock that I’ve made 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.   All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Book Arts Basics & Tricks of the Trade

(What every book artist already knows or needs to know)

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

To bring: One pad of paper (8.5” x 11”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 17”); your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

BA Basics.jpeg

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn the basics of using the materials and tools common to all book making, including time-saving tips and ways to work smarter, not harder. Even if you’re a grizzled veteran of book arts, I guarantee you’ll learn at least one new thing! Paper - weight (g/m2??), grain direction, folding, slitting, cutting, creasing, scoring, terminology. Cutting Tools – An overview of available cutting tools and the proper way to use them, from knives to a tabletop paper cutter. You’ll make and keep a sharpening tool that will keep your cutting tools razor sharp. Measuring without a rule. Benchhook basics – cutting, scoring, creasing, repetition, drawing. Sewing – thread, needles, wax. We’ll make a simple sewn book. Archival – what’s it mean? Surprise (you gotta come to see what it is). All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Movable Parts One

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen
Christensen Studio
3503 Cowley Way

San Diego, CA 92117

858-274-7810-Home
Email: dracaena@att.net

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$2 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Tools to bring:
Essential: X-acto knife, sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, metal straight edge (for cutting—if ruler is metal, just a ruler is fine).
If Available: small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), centering ruler, stylus (for scoring before folding), square, markers or colored pencils,  Japanese hole punch.

Add movement to your artist’s books. We will begin by constructing a prototype for a “Slide-out Panorama/Pop-up Theater” structure. This form folds flat for storage (or mailing). For display, the sides slide out to create a theater/diorama format. We will talk about ideas for adding text and stand-up structures. As time allows, we will then create an accordion fold book with two forms of pop-ups: one cut from the existing page with a colored background and one using the existing page as the base with cut and folded forms added. This accordion will have one to several (depending on time) pop-up forms in it. Paper for all structures, templates and instructions with measurements 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.

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Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Drawer and Mini-Book Workshop

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judy Christensen
Christensen Studio
3503 Cowley Way

San Diego, CA 92117

858-274-7810-Home
Email: dracaena@att.net

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$2 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.
 

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. Suggestions include handmade paper or almost anything that reflects the theme of your project.

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.

 

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Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Books with Pockets II

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

858-274-7810-Home
Email: dracaena@att.net

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$2 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
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Books with pockets are fun and full of potential. We will construct three structures with pockets. Two will result in books that are complete with covers, one will result in pages that you can later use to complete your own book. For the first, a modified accordion fold, we will also create content, a quick collaborative project using a “kneadable” rubber stamp. The second is a four-pocket book from a single sheet of paper, resulting in pockets sized for seed packets. The final structure is another four-pocket fold. We will explore ways to attach multiple pocket sections to create a book. Measurements to use to create pages to house 4” x 6” pages (for example, Mail Art Cards) 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.

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Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

One-Page Wonders III

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

Class limit: 6
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$2 Materials Fee
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Membership Status:
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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.

 

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.

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Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

One-Page Wonders II

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.

Membership Status:
Add To Cart

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.

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Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Books with Pockets

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

858-274-7810-Home
Email: dracaena@att.net

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$2 Materials Fee

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

 

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Books with pockets are fun and full of potential. We will construct three structures with pockets. Two will result in books that are complete with covers, one will result in pages that you can later use to complete your own book. For the first, a modified accordion fold, we will also create content, a quick collaborative project using a “kneadable” rubber stamp. The second is a four-pocket book from a single sheet of paper, resulting in pockets sized for seed packets. The final structure is another four-pocket fold. We will explore ways to attach multiple pocket sections to create a book. Measurements to use to create pages to house 4” x 6” pages (for example, Mail Art Cards) 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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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