Book Arts

Our Paper and Book Arts Department offers both traditional and explorative classes at all levels in papermaking, bookbinding, decorative paper techniques and letterpress printing. Papermaking and Book Arts classes are held in the Picante Paper and Book Arts Studios, located on the second floor of the Santikos Building.

Book Arts Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Spring 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Book Arts Course Descriptions

 4050 | Paste Papers and Flatback Bindings

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Lindsay Nakashima
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/23/2019 to 2/24/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $150.00

Paste paper is a technique of surface painting to create decorative patterns on paper. These decorated papers were used as early as the 16th century for covers and end-papers of books. Foundations of paste paper making from Rosamond Loring's book Decorated Book Papers, including her recipes, will be shared. Paste papers will be created the first day, and case binding will be the focus on the second day incorporating the paste papers for covers and/or end-papers. All materials including paper and tools are provided, but bring your own tools if preferred.

 4106 | Wrap Case for Sketchbook or Moleskin

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Lindsay Nakashima
Dates: Sat, 3/16/2019 to 3/16/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115.00

The course will cover traditional Japanese box making techniques and will use these methods and tools to make a wrap case-a decorative hard cover to hold and protect a favorite book. All materials including paper and tools are provided, however students should bring a small book, small sketchbook, or moleskin that they wish to create a case for and their own tools if preferred.

 4233 | Innovative Book Structures, Part 2: Hedi Kyle's Paper Engineering

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Karen Hardy
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/26/2019 to 1/27/2019 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

The myriad of unique structures invented by Hedi Kyle have had an enormous impact on the field of book arts. Artists far and wide have been inspired and influenced by her masterful paper engineering and particular genius for transforming the architecture and action of the book. This workshop will cover Kyle's ziggurat book, piano hinge book, storage book, triangle-fold book, and other inventions as time allows. The books covered in this class will provide a sampler of alternative binding options, focused on folding rather than sewing, and suited to creative and unusual content. A variety of materials and papers will be used, and each student will produce a collection of books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. Basic tools and materials will be provided; if preferred, bring your own materials, please see materials list for optional items. No previous experience required; it is not necessary to take Part 1 of this class before Part 2.

 4308 | Letterpress Skills

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Michael Simons
Dates: Wed, 1/16/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

Come experience the tactile beauty of antique wood and metal type. In this class learn printing history, language, and terminology, the mechanics of cylinder and platen presses from how to set up and print, to how to clean a press. Use of handset metal and wood-type, how to mix ink and print a multi-color work as well as how to troubleshoot common problems will be covered. Students may bring ideas for their own projects, and will participate in collaborative projects. This course requires preparation outside of class to complete projects; studio access is available outside of class. Materials and tools needed for individual projects will be discussed in class. A $100 check deposit for type distribution is required from anyone using type and will be returned at the end of class. No prior printing experience is required. No class Feb 13 & Mar 13.

 4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $35.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $20.00

The Book Arts Studio is available to artists with previous experience in bookbinding or letterpress printing and equipment. For the Book Arts Rental equipment includes standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board, and does not include use of the letterpress equipment. Letterpress Studio Rental includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, and all Book Arts Studio equipment. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and will require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. For Letterpress Studio Rentals a $100 deposit is required; the deposit will be returned after confirmation that the press has been properly cleaned, that no equipment has been damaged, and that all type has been properly redistributed. Participants are responsible for all clean up. The studio is available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Santikos building hours and studio schedule, with classes given priority. Prerequisite: Experience with the desired equipment, understanding of studio protocol, permission from the Department Chair, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Prior to registration, contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135.00

The Book Arts Studio is available to artists with previous experience in bookbinding or letterpress printing and equipment. For the Book Arts Rental equipment includes standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board, and does not include use of the letterpress equipment. Letterpress Studio Rental includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, and all Book Arts Studio equipment. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and will require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. For Letterpress Studio Rentals a $100 deposit is required; the deposit will be returned after confirmation that the press has been properly cleaned, that no equipment has been damaged, and that all type has been properly redistributed. Participants are responsible for all clean up. The studio is available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Santikos building hours and studio schedule, with classes given priority. Prerequisite: Experience with the desired equipment, understanding of studio protocol, permission from the Department Chair, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Prior to registration, contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 4401a | Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $60.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $45.00

The Book Arts Studio is available to artists with previous experience in bookbinding or letterpress printing and equipment. For the Book Arts Rental equipment includes standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board, and does not include use of the letterpress equipment. Letterpress Studio Rental includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, and all Book Arts Studio equipment. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and will require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. For Letterpress Studio Rentals a $100 deposit is required; the deposit will be returned after confirmation that the press has been properly cleaned, that no equipment has been damaged, and that all type has been properly redistributed. Participants are responsible for all clean up. The studio is available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Santikos building hours and studio schedule, with classes given priority. Prerequisite: Experience with the desired equipment, understanding of studio protocol, permission from the Department Chair, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Prior to registration, contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 4401b | Letterpress Studio Rental: Semester Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285.00

The Book Arts Studio is available to artists with previous experience in bookbinding or letterpress printing and equipment. For the Book Arts Rental equipment includes standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board, and does not include use of the letterpress equipment. Letterpress Studio Rental includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, and all Book Arts Studio equipment. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and will require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. For Letterpress Studio Rentals a $100 deposit is required; the deposit will be returned after confirmation that the press has been properly cleaned, that no equipment has been damaged, and that all type has been properly redistributed. Participants are responsible for all clean up. The studio is available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Santikos building hours and studio schedule, with classes given priority. Prerequisite: Experience with the desired equipment, understanding of studio protocol, permission from the Department Chair, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Prior to registration, contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 
 

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