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Accordions - Tunnel Books

  • 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: Sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, scissors, glue (glue stick is fine), X-acto knife, small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal).
If Available: Stylus (for scoring before folding), markers, colored pencils or other media (for embellishing the structures), double-sided tape.

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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. Each page features openings that allow the reader to look through successive pages to the back cover. 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. Tunnel books derive from mid-18th century “peep shows” and were inspired by theatrical stage sets. This class explores various methods for utilizing the basic accordion as the spines for tunnel books. We will address the relationship of form and content—how what our book is about will drive how we structure it. Then we will delve into the different ways to design and then connect the pages in a tunnel book. If time allows, we will look at how to wrap or otherwise provide a cover. All paper will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring any materials they feel they might want to use.

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: March 16
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