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.
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.