Back to All Events

More on Accordions

  • Christensen Studio 3503 Cowley Way San Diego, CA, 92117 United States (map)
More Accordions photo.jpeg

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. 

Earlier Event: January 27
The Layered Accordion
Later Event: March 17
Accordions - Tunnel Books