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 Note: Students who are currently registered for an on-campus book art or papermaking class will be allowed open studio access. They will need to sign up in advance. times will be discussed in class. No outside studio time will be permitted at this time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Book Arts Classes - Fall 2023

Course Description

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, with a focus on the craft and structure of the book. We will discuss methods of creating limited-edition books and one-of-a-kind bindings and make a variety of book structures from traditional hardcover books to innovative sculptural forms. Includes a supply kit for the book structures; see class listing on website for a materials list of required tools.

Course Description

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 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 class listing on website for a materials list of required tools.

Papermaking Classes - Fall 2023

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

This course will teach students how to take paper pulp and form a sheet of paper, then using pigmented paper pulp layer colors over the formed sheet and/or add collage elements and texture to the sheet as well. Students will be instructed how the decorated sheet can then be wrapped onto a canvas where it will dry and become a piece of wall art. Includes materials; however, see SSA website for a list of options supplies.

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