Book Arts & Papermaking

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 & Papermaking 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.


Course details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

Spring 2022 Book Arts & Papermaking Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 4002 | Introduction to Papermaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lacey Mills
Dates: Sat, 2/12/2022 to 2/12/2022 | 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $70.00 | Friends: $55.00 | Sessions: 1

Get your feet wet in this introductory class and explore what handmade paper is all about. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the papermaking process from breaking down fibers to creating paper pulp, adding color to the paper pulp, and using stencils and vails to create paper samples to take home. Combine with a bookbinding class and learn to incorporate your handmade papers into book covers or pages.

 4014 | Folders, Cards and Shaped Paper

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Jo Etta Jupe
Dates: Sat, 3/26/2022 to 3/26/2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $115.00 | Friends: $100.00 | Sessions: 1

Make your own handmade paper folders and cards using wet paper pulp-including cards of various shapes that can be created by cutting shaped deckles. The deckle is the frame that defines the edge of the paper as it's made. How to decorate and apply texture to the paper as well as how pulp painting can be used as a decorative process will be covered. Includes most materials, please see SSA website for suggested items and bring a bag lunch.

 4101 | Bookbinding Basics

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Dates: Tues, 1/25/2022 to 3/1/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $230.00 | Friends: $215.00 | Sessions: 6

Students will make a variety of book structures using traditional and contemporary bookbinding techniques. This class will cover how to use bookbinding tools and equipment for making handbound books, and an overview of materials and resources. We will discuss methods of creating limited-edition books and one-of-a-kind bindings. Students will make a traditional hardcover book, a historical coptic sewn book, and innovative sculptural books, and leave with a well-rounded set of bookbinding models.

 4113 | Miniature Book with Imprinted Clay Cover

Level: Special Event l All levels | Instructor: Mary Randolph
Dates: Fri - Sun, 2/25/2022 to 2/27/2022 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $230.00 | Friends: $215.00 | Sessions: 3

Create a truly unique and original miniature book. Using polymer clay, make your own texturally imprinted book covers with a relief photopolymer plate that you will also create. Photopolymer plates are created by exposing images from text, or your own drawings or designs and then developed using a solar approach to create a relief plate. On the second day, these plates will be used to imprint your image into the surface of polymer clay for book covers. Once the polymer clay has hardened from firing, it can be embellished by sanding, carving, and painting the surface. The third day will be dedicated to finishing the book covers, then using Fabriano paper pages, binding them together utilizing a Coptic two-needle stitch.

 4121 | Flags and Tunnels: Making Expandable Books

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Dates: Mon, 3/7/2022 to 3/14/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160.00 | Friends: $145.00 | Sessions: 2

Create expandable books with depth and perspective. A flag book has an expandable spine with layers of paper "flags" that pop out, making it a delightful structure for evoking movement and action. Tunnel books, also known as "peep show" books, expand for a dramatic three-dimensional effect through layered cut-out panels. Students will complete a finished book of both structures, plus models and ideas for variations. Includes a supply kit for the book structures; see SSA website for a materials list of required tools.


How to Register

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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website with your username and password (open registration does not require you to be logged in). To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages to read class descriptions.

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Choose your class by clicking the box to the left of the class name. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click Continue and complete the student information form. Once this form is submitted, you will receive a final e-mail with confirmation of your registration.


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