Community Classes

Art for Everyone!

Book Arts

The 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 Navarro Campus.

4110 | Slim Journals with Decorative Spine Stitching
This class will focus on sewing and stitching variations to create a variety of hand-sewn journals. The different stitching styles create a variety of patterns on the spine, which can be highlighted by colored or contrasting threads. Using just one, two, or three folded gatherings, these books are slimmer and therefore faster to sew. Materials and tools will be discussed in class and students can expect to produce at least one book per class session. Class time will consist of demonstrations and individual work time. NOTE: Manual dexterity is required. Please see SSA website for a materials list.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Sat, 2/11/2017 to 3/4/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145

 

4111 | Bound: Pattern Design & Letterpress
This class brings together the complementary fields of design, print, and bookbinding. Following a brief history of pattern, students will learn how to plan and build a custom pattern, produce polymer plates, and letterpress print their designs. The course will also cover basic bookbinding techniques and the students' custom paper will be used as the cover of a hand-stitched pamphlet journal. Students will gain knowledge in pattern design, polymer plate making, letterpress, and bookbinding and will leave the class with a hand-bound, letterpress printed journal and a custom pattern design for future use. No printing or binding experience is required. NOTE: Manual dexterity is required. Please see SSA website for a materials list.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Sauer
Dates: Tues, 3/14/2017 to 4/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165 | Members/Seniors (65+): $150

 

4308 | Letterpress Skills
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. No class Feb 20 & Mar 13.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: Mon, 1/23/2017 to 4/10/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Picante Paper Studio & Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290

 

4400a | Book Arts Studio Rental: Daily Rate
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 coordinator, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: 1/23/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Days and hours by arrangement | Building is accessible Mon-Sun, 9:00am-10:00pm
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $35 | Members/Seniors (65+): $20

 

4400b | Book Arts Studio Rental: Semester
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 coordinator, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: 1/23/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Days and hours by arrangement | Building is accessible Mon-Sun, 9:00am-10:00pm
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135

 

4401a | Letterpress Studio Rental: Daily Rate
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 coordinator, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: 1/23/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $60 | Members/Seniors (65+): $45

 

4401b | Letterpress Studio Rental: Semester
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 coordinator, and approval for each piece of equipment used. Contact Eléonore Lee at 210.200.8255 or elee@swschool.org

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Eleonore Lee
Dates: 1/23/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285