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All About Accordions

  • Christensen Studio 3503 Cowley Way San Diego, CA, 92117 United States (map)
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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 Sharon

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.

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If you are new to book arts, if you’ve never made an artist’s book, or if you have made books, but skipped the basics, this is the class for you. As a beginner’s class, our motto will be, “Practice makes perfect.” We will practice folding (i.e. do, more than once) a long accordion, with at least 16 panels. And, since we rarely have access to very long paper, we will construct prototypes that utilize several different ways to join pages, including a flutter book, overlapping panels, valley-joint gluing, and a page-to-page front/back structure. As we work, we’ll explore why we might choose one solution over another, depending on the situation, and we’ll discuss and look at examples of suitable resolutions of the relationship between form and content. Then we will make a miniature Chair Book, using content you bring to class (or make a prototype without content). Given time, we will look at examples of how the accordion base is used to make other structures. 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, 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. 

Earlier Event: October 20
Designing a Pad Glue Book
Later Event: January 26
Accordions: Beyond the Basics