Book Arts and Papermaking

Book Arts and Papermaking 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.

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.

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

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Book Art Class Notes

Studio Practices: Open studio for classes in book arts and papermaking is not permitted at this time, unless special arrangements have been made by the instructor in which case it will be discussed in class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Book Arts Classes - Summer 2024

Course Description

Learn to stitch a four-hole stab binding, yotsume toji, along with other binding variations (tortoise shell, hemp leaf and kangzi) using traditional Japanese tools and Japanese paper. Discussion about the history of papermaking in Japan including the hand printed papers of Chiyogami and Katazomi-shi. Students will experience first-hand the traditional way to back paper or cloth for the cover, learn traditional folding techniques for the inner binding threads or kayori, and how to fold the pouch-like pages with a bamboo folder.

Papermaking Classes - Summer 2024

Course Description

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. Includes all materials. NOTE: Papermaking is a wet process; please dress accordingly, closed-toed & non-slip shoes should be worn. Water-proof aprons are available. Includes materials; please bring a bag lunch.

Course Description

Want to make your own paper for home projects or incorporate the science of papermaking into your classroom? Simple and inexpensive tools will be discussed and demonstrated. All steps of the papermaking process will be discussed with explanations of how it can be incorporated in the classroom. Topics will include pulp preparation, equipment needs, sheet formation, pressing and drying. Simple paper projects will be discussed with time given for students to pull a few sheets of paper. Handouts of topics discussed will be provided.

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