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

For those classes not listed here, the required materials list will be provided in the class description, they will be discussed during the first class, or the materials will be supplied to the student.

Book Arts Course Descriptions

 4130 | From Fiber to Book

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Brennan Bowman
Dates: Wed, 3/14/2018 to 4/11/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio & Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

Make a book from start to finish; experience papermaking and bookbinding while creating a journal, sketchbook, or notebook from scratch. The class will start by making the paper-learn how plant fibers become a sheet of paper-and how to dip, couch and press the paper sheets. After the fresh paper sheets are dry, paper properties, accurate folding, and pressing techniques will be discussed. This paper will be the gatherings that will be the bound pages, or signatures, of the book that will then be sewn into a text-block that will finally be cased into a book cover. This class consists of demonstrations and in-class work time. Includes some materials; other options will be discussed in class.

 4233 | Innovative Book Structures

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Karen Hardy
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/10/2018 to 3/11/2018 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio & Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

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 be an introduction to some of Kyle's gems including the spider book, fishbone fold, pivoting panels, and blizzard book. A variety of visually interesting materials and papers will be used, but the focus will be on form and structure. Students will produce a collection of sample books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. Kyle's examples exemplify that the physical properties of a book can convey meaning; this workshop will provide a foundation for developing a sensitivity to the ways in which a book's physicality informs the reading experience and connects intimately to content. Please see SSA website for a list of materials.

 4308 | Letterpress Skills

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Tues, 1/16/2018 to 4/3/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290.00

Letterpress celebrates the tactile beauty of the printed word, as the letters are pressed deep into the paper and not just printed upon, but embossed into the page. Focus will be on good technique and will cover polymer plate-making, two-color printing, design of text and image, and troubleshooting. Students may bring ideas for their subject and format, including images, or may choose from some suggested projects. This course requires preparation outside of class to complete projects; studio access is available outside of class. Binding and any other relevant techniques will be taught as necessary. 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 printing or binding experience is required.

 4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/23/2018 to 4/6/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $35.00 | Members/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: Rental 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 Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org for approval.

 4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/23/2018 to 4/6/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150.00 | Members/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: Rental 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 Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org for approval.

 4401a Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/23/2018 to 4/7/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $60.00 | Members/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: Rental 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 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, 1/23/2018 to 4/7/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Members/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: Rental 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 Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

 
 
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4130 | From Fiber to Book
Wed, 3/14/2018 - 4/11/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 3/14/2018 and ending 4/11/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.

4233 | Innovative Book Structures
Sat & Sun, 3/10/2018 - 3/11/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/10/2018 and ending 3/11/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

4308 | Letterpress Skills
Tues, 1/16/2018 - 4/3/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/16/2018 and ending 4/3/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate
Dates and times to be arranged with the instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 1/23/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.

4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester Rate
Dates and times to be arranged with the instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 1/23/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

4401a Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate
Dates and times to be arranged with the instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 1/23/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

4401b Letterpress Studio Rental: Semester Rate
Dates and times to be arranged with the instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 1/23/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

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