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
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.