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 2020 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Dec 3 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Dec 5
Open registration | Tues, Dec 10

Book Arts Course Descriptions

 4221 | Two Needle Coptic Binding: Wooden Boards & Ethiopian Headbands

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Lindsay Nakashima
Dates: Sat, 2/8/2020 to 2/8/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $145.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $130.00

This ancient binding style originated in 200 AD and continued to be used through the 11th century by Egypt's Christian Copts in Ethiopia. The book structures simplicity features an exposed spine and showcases a Coptic chain stitch sewn across the spine to attach the boards and headbands that are actually structural to the book. Enjoy learning how to make a small pocket-sized book that lies completely flat when opened. Includes materials; please bring a lunch.

 4233 | Pochoir and the Pocket-Link Book

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Karen Hardy
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/28/2020 to 3/29/2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $255.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $240.00

This class introduces a clever book structure and a versatile image-making technique to create content for it. Students will produce pochoir, or stencil prints, samplers using Hedi Kyle's pocket-link book design. A variety of ways to make atmospheric, layered images using hand-cut stencils techniques on translucent paper will be covered first. You can collaborate and expand the variety of potential images by swapping stencils with others. The book will then be constructed with built-in pockets that serve to store the stencils, making them part of the visual interest and content of the book. Kyle's unique structural inventions and masterful paper engineering, such as the pocket-link book, have had an enormous impact on the field of book arts, and this project is from her personal teaching repertoire. Includes some materials, please see SSA website for a materials list. Please register by March 13th.

 4234 | Pop-Up and Movable Books

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/29/2020 to 3/1/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $160.00

This workshop explores the artistic potential and construction of pop-up and movable books. Learn basic paper engineering skills through various pop-up structures, and how simple forms can be expanded into more complex designs. We will explore how having expandable and collapsible three-dimensional forms on a page also affects the time and movement within a book, and how this can be used to support content. Proper bookbinding methods for these forms will be covered, and students will complete a bound book of pop-up and movable structures. Includes most materials; see SSA website for a list of materials to bring and please bring a bag lunch.

 4248 | Limp Vellum Binding

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Keri Miki- Lani Schroeder
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/14/2020 to 3/15/2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $185.00

Laced limp bindings are structures that date to the 15th century. This non-adhesive binding style continues to be used today in both modern binding and conservation practice. The limp vellum structure came about as a way for binders to quickly construct an elegant and durable binding. In limp binding, the covering material is not stiffened by thick boards and it includes a primary endband that makes for a flexible binding. In this two-day workshop, you will create a book using alum-tawed slips that lace together simple sewn text pages to a vellum cover. No prior binding experience is required. See SSA website for a materials list; please bring a bag lunch.

 4308 | Letterpress Skills

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Michael Simons
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends/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 multicolor work as well as how to troubleshoot common problems will be covered. Bring ideas for your own projects, as well as 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. Equipment and ink provided. No prior printing experience is required.

 4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Léo Lee
Dates: Mon - Sun, 1/21/2020 to 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $35.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $20.00

The Book Arts Studio is available for artists with previous bookbinding experience. 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. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and may require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. 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 Léo Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org for approval.

 4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Léo Lee
Dates: Mon - Sun, 1/21/2020 to 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $135.00

The Book Arts Studio is available for artists with previous bookbinding experience. 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. Requests for instruction should be made prior to enrollment and may require an additional fee. Note: The fee includes access to equipment and a limited amount of material. 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 Léo Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org for approval.

 4401a | Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Léo Lee
Dates: Mon - Sun, 1/21/2020 to 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $60.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $45.00

The Book Arts Studio is available for artists with experience in letterpress printing and equipment. Equipment includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board. 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. A $100 deposit is required; deposit checks 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 Léo Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 4401b | Letterpress Studio Rental: Semester Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Léo Lee
Dates: Mon - Sun, 1/21/2020 to 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $285.00

The Book Arts Studio is available for artists with experience in letterpress printing and equipment. Equipment includes a Vandercook Universal III and a smaller proofing press, standing press, finishing press, plough, sewing punch, stamper, and large Kutrimmer for cutting paper and board. 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. A $100 deposit is required; deposit checks 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 Léo Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 
 

Please choose your class(es) and click NEXT.

Step 1:
Prices
Step 2:
Register
Step 3:
Finish
Quantity and Pricing
4221 | Two Needle Coptic Binding: Wooden Boards & Ethiopian Headbands
See description above
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/8/2020 and ending 2/8/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.

4233 | Pochoir and the Pocket-Link Book
See description above
Dates: 3/28/2020 - 3/29/2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/28/2020 and ending 3/29/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 240.00 ea.

4234 | Pop-Up and Movable Books
See description above
Dates: 2/29/2020 - 3/1/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/29/2020 and ending 3/1/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

4248 | Limp Vellum Binding
See description above
Dates: 3/14/2020 - 3/15/2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/14/2020 and ending 3/15/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.

4308 | Letterpress Skills
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/21/2020 and ending 4/7/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 1/21/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.

4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester Rate
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 1/21/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

4401a | Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/20/2020 and ending 1/20/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

4401b | Letterpress Studio Rental: Semester Rate
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/5/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 1/21/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

How to Register

 Step 1

Review all of the policies and guidelines below. By continuing to Step 2, you acknowledge you have read and understand the polices and guidelines outlined in Step 1.

 Step 2

If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website to purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

 Step 3

Complete your payment information. Once your credit card payment is submitted, you will receive a e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

Helpful Information

  Become a Friend of SSA 

  Registration Information

  Guidelines for Students

  Materials List

  Campus Map 

E-News Signup

Would you like to keep up to date on our latest news, course offerings and exhibitions? Sign up for our e-newsletter below!

eNewsletter Sign-up

Your Information
*
*
*
Click to view help for this field.