A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
$3 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon
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, square, markers or colored pencils.
Add movement to your artist’s books. We will begin by constructing 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. Then, we will create an accordion fold structure with a traditional- style “Pop-Up.” “Pop-Up” is a general term that encompasses various forms of movable books. This one has cut-out “exploding” shapes with tabs that slip into slits and attach to the pages of the accordion structure. We proceed step-by-step so all beginning book arts are welcome in this class. 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. Art: 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.