Cut, Fold, Glue, Repeat
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Cut, Fold, Glue, Repeat

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen


Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee
: $3.00
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Tools to bring - Required: Glue (stick is fine), scissors, cutting knife, ruler (at least 12”), bone folder Optional:  stylus (for scoring), bench hook & cutting board. Optional for the winged book: content that is 5⅞” high x 3” wide, one- or two-sided: photographs, small drawings, or content from a magazine. (Nat. Geo. magazines will be available.)

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If you want to add a level of interest to your accordion books (or maybe you’ve never made an accordion book), we will explore several structures that are basically accordion books, but with a twist or turn, unfolding in captivating ways. We’ll start with the winged book, with pages that allow for inserts. Next, we’ll explore the exquisite flower- fold book. Then we will explore the Turkish map fold. If there is time we will look at the Hungarian map fold as well. All levels of book making skill and experience are welcome—even if you’ve never made a book before.

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.

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Books with Pockets
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Books with Pockets

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen


Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee:
$4.00, includes a “kneadable” rubber stamp to take home to re-use and make additional patterns.

Tools to bring - Required: Glue (stick is fine), scissors, cutting knife, ruler (at least 12”), bone folder Optional: (if you have them):  18” ruler, stylus (for scoring), bench hook & cutting board

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Membership Status:
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Pocket-Books-2019.jpeg

Books with pages are fine; books with pockets are engaging and full of potential. We will start with a quick one—“The World’s Easiest Pocket” in a matchbook-fold structure. The second project is a four-pocket book from a single sheet of paper, resulting in pockets just the right size to accommodate garden seed packets. Next, we will fold another one-page structure to create a four-pocket fold. Then, we will end with a fun, collaborative project—a simple, modified accordion. For this book we will create content using a “kneadable” rubber stamp and textured surfaces. All levels of book making skill and experience are welcome—even if you’ve never made a book before.

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.

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Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Drum Leaf Binding

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee: $10
Class limit: 6
For more information
contact Sharon

To bring: self-healing cutting mat, ruler, pen/pencil, bone folder, cutting knife, 10-inch 30/60/90 triangle, 1/2 inch flat brush, glue stick (purple one that changes to clear), half brick to use as a weight. (40 cents at Home Depot) We will cover the brick in brown wrapping paper to use later in the class. If you’d like to cover it in a decorative paper, bring a piece, 10 x 12 inches.

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The Drum Leaf Binding is an unsewn book that uses a minimum of glue to bind pages into a book that opens flat. It is perfect for an image that spans the gutter of two pages in a folio. Once learned, the structure can be made easily and quickly. You can present your artwork and photography in a book other than an accordion.

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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
19
1:00 PM13:00

Portable Sewing Cradle

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Class limit: 6
For more information
contact Sharon

All materials furnished

Tools to bring: Self-healing cutting mat, cutting knife with extra blades, 10-inch 30/60/90 triangle, pen/pencil, bone folder, metal ruler, 1/2 inch flat brush, small hand towel

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When punching holes in a signature for sewing a book, a sewing cradle is a handy tool to hold the folded sheets. Learn how to make a sewing cradle that folds flat and is portable. You’ll also make a slipcase for the cradle parts. All materials furnished and pre-cut. This is a fun (it’s always fun hanging out in Al’s garage), easy and practical class resulting in a tool that you can add to your bookbinding toolbox. Experience using a sharp knife (X-Acto, or?) is recommended.

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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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Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Altered Books - Transforming the Familiar

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

Gina Pisello Studio (map)

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee:
$5
Class limit:
5
For more information contact Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

To bring: craft knife and extra blades, scissors, cutting mat, ruler, pencil, bone folder, scoring tool, and awl. Optional: a book you would like to alter.

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Join me for an afternoon of book arts play as we alter old text blocks into exciting paper sculptures. Part demonstration, part exploration; you will learn techniques for altering books such as positive and negative cutting, crimp folding and unbinding/rebinding. If you can’t bring yourself to cut up old books, I will have some small notebooks that we can alter. Text blocks, notebooks, waxed linen thread, tape, thin cutting mat, 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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Cut, Fold, Glue, Repeat
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Cut, Fold, Glue, Repeat

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen


Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee
: $3.00
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

Tools to bring - Required: Glue (stick is fine), scissors, cutting knife, ruler (at least 12”), bone folder Optional:  stylus (for scoring), bench hook & cutting board. Optional for the winged book: content that is 5⅞” high x 3” wide, one- or two-sided: photographs, small drawings, or content from a magazine. (Nat. Geo. magazines will be available.)

Membership Status:
Quantity:
Add To Cart
Cut Fold Glue Repeat.jpeg

If you want to add a level of interest to your accordion books (or maybe you’ve never made an accordion book), we will explore several structures that are basically accordion books, but with a twist or turn, unfolding in captivating ways. We’ll start with the winged book, with pages that allow for inserts. Next, we’ll explore the exquisite flower- fold book. Then we will explore the Turkish map fold. If there is time we will look at the Hungarian map fold as well. All levels of book making skill and experience are welcome—even if you’ve never made a book before.

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.

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Books with Pockets
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Books with Pockets

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen


Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee:
$4.00, includes a “kneadable” rubber stamp to take home to re-use and make additional patterns.

Tools to bring - Required: Glue (stick is fine), scissors, cutting knife, ruler (at least 12”), bone folder Optional: (if you have them):  18” ruler, stylus (for scoring), bench hook & cutting board

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

Membership Status:
Quantity:
Add To Cart
Pocket-Books-2019.jpeg

Books with pages are fine; books with pockets are engaging and full of potential. We will start with a quick one—“The World’s Easiest Pocket” in a matchbook-fold structure. The second project is a four-pocket book from a single sheet of paper, resulting in pockets just the right size to accommodate garden seed packets. Next, we will fold another one-page structure to create a four-pocket fold. Then, we will end with a fun, collaborative project—a simple, modified accordion. For this book we will create content using a “kneadable” rubber stamp and textured surfaces. All levels of book making skill and experience are welcome—even if you’ve never made a book before.

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.

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Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Altered Books - Transforming the Familiar

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

Gina Pisello Studio (map)

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee:
$5
Class limit:
5
For more information contact Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

To bring: craft knife and extra blades, scissors, cutting mat, ruler, pencil, bone folder, scoring tool, and awl. Optional: a book you would like to alter.

Altered books photo.jpeg

Join me for an afternoon of book arts play as we alter old text blocks into exciting paper sculptures. Part demonstration, part exploration; you will learn techniques for altering books such as positive and negative cutting, crimp folding and unbinding/rebinding. If you can’t bring yourself to cut up old books, I will have some small notebooks that we can alter. Text blocks, notebooks, waxed linen thread, tape, thin cutting mat, 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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Movable Parts One
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Movable Parts One

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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.

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

One-Page Wonders

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen


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

Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

Tools to bring: Essential: X-acto knife, scissors, sharp pencil & eraser, bone folder, ruler, metal straight edge (for cutting—if ruler is metal, just a ruler is fine), glue. If you have them: Small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), stylus (for scoring before folding), markers or colored pencils (for embellishing house book or other structures).

Starting with a sheet of paper, we will cut, fold, and turn to create multiple book structures. We will start with the Pamphlet Fold and create a little book, about SDBA, with a simple pop-up. Next, we’ll make a mini sketch book. Moving on to the Maze Book (also known as the Caterpillar or Snake Book), we’ll make a little sample of the traditional Maze Book, then a Modified Version with an interesting form. A pouch book, one that is a container for one of the other books, is next. Then we’ll move into more architectural structures, with a French Door Book, and finally the House Book. This is a class geared towards beginning book artists. We will move as fast or as slow as we need to, and we hope to complete 5-6 book types, each from a single piece of paper. 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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May
18
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 Sharon

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

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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May
18
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 Sharon

This class is full. A waitlist is available.

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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Apr
6
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 Sharon

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.

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

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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Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Non-Adhesive Binding

Non-Adhesive Binding3.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 Sharon

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

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

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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Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Book Arts Basics & Tricks of the Trade

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

Tricks of trade photo.jpg

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 Sharon

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

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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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Accordions - Tunnel Books

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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.

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. 

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Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

More on Accordions

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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, X-acto knife, glue (glue stick is fine).
If Available: Small cutting board (9" x 12" is ideal), stylus (for scoring before folding), markers or colored pencils (for embellishing Chair Book).
Optional, Content for the Chair Book (sized images will be provided as well): The pages are 2” x 2”. Text and/or image about chairs is appropriate. The book is at least 8 pages, so bring enough material for a few extra pages so you can choose/edit. For ideas, you can search: chair design, chair games (musical chairs), types of chairs (stools, car seat, bench, high chair, wheelchair, rocking chair, recliner, etc.), history of chairs, how to upholster a chair, how to build a chair.

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

Explore more about accordions! We will start with a quick warm up—an eight or sixteen panel fold and take a brief look at how simply shaping pages can alter an accordion dramatically, and will reference the relationship of form and content in this discussion. Since we rarely have access to very long paper, we will delve into possibilities for joining pages with hinges. Next, we will make a miniature Chair Book, using content you bring to class, or with mini-images of chairs which are provided. Then we will construct other folds that create accordion books with more intricate pages, including the “flap book” (that has vertical pockets), and the flower fold book—as time allows. All paper will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring any materials/papers 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. 

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Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

The Layered Accordion

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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.

This class explores ways to create composite accordion structures by adding layers: glued, sewn or woven, to the basic accordion. We will begin with a nested accordion, using the basic accordion as the solid background, then add another accordion with a foreground image. Next, we will create a back-to-back sewn accordion, with windows on the outer layer(s), if you choose. If we have time, we will construct another layered accordion in which the inner structure emerges from the basic structure. All paper will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring any materials they feel they might want to use, (e.g. ideas for a 2”(h) x 14” drawing, small text or images for the back-to-back accordion, with pages less than 3” square.) This class is geared toward those who are comfortable with folding and cutting or those who have taken the basic accordion class(es) the previous 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, 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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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Accordions: Beyond the Basics

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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.

This class explores how to use the basic accordion to generate more complex structures by adding folds, cuts and/or inserts. We will begin with the woven book. Then, using the accordion as a spine, we will construct prototypes for three basic structures, the concertina book, the flag book, and the tunnel book. Each participant will choose one of these structures to complete a book with content, the “Six Word Memoir.” All paper will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring any materials they feel they might want to use in the “Six Word Memoir.” This class is geared toward beginning book artists or those who want to review these structures or have an opportunity to create a completed book.

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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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

All About Accordions

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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.

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. 

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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.

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
29
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.

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)

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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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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