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The Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia  College offers classes to the community at large. These classes are designed for those who wish to study Book Arts in a non-degree seeking program. No experience is necessary, however, some classes may have prerequisites.

Our community class instructors are working professionals in various book arts related fields and come from all over the country.  All community classes are held at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60605.

To Register: Please call 312.369.6630
Registration Dates: Registration is currently open for December/January classes.  Registration for February/March classes begins December 1st.  

 

UPCOMING CLASSES | Winter / Spring 2011

 

Scrapbooking Workshop
Saturday, December 4: 1pm – 5pm
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago)
In conjunction with Intuit’s current exhibition – Almost There: A Portrait of Peter Anton (running through December 30, 2010), this four-hour workshop will provide participants an introductory review about the history of scrapbooking in the United States. This will be followed by step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on scrapbooking workshop, in which participants will learn various book models as well as make their one-of-the-kind cereal-box scrapbooks. Workshop participants will meet the artist, Peter Anton, in person, and get a chance to have a private viewing of Peter Anton’s scrapbooks that are on display in the exhibit. The workshop will be facilitated by Don Widmer and April Llewellyn from Columbia College Chicago. Open to high school students to adults. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Department of Interdisciplinary Arts, the Center for Book and Paper Arts and Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

*Important: Registration for this class is handled through Intuit! Please call 312.243.9088 or email to intuit@art.org by December 2. CPDU’s are available to Chicago Public Schools’ teachers. Fees: Non-member (Intuit) general: $40; Members/Students/Seniors (65+): $25

Scrapbooks by Peter Anton, currently on view at Intuit

Scrapbooks by Peter Anton, currently on view at Intuit

 


 

Proof Press Finesse
January 5-6
10-5
Limit 10 students

$195 (Members $175) (Add Vandercook Maintenance (see below) for a discounted total of $350 or $332 for members)
Instructor: Paul Moxon
, Sward Visiting Artist
Developed for intermediate printers, this problem-solving workshop will help improve the technical quality of your presswork. With a focus on production printing using proof presses we will closely examine the control of inking, cylinder packing, proper height of plates, form imposition, lockup and registration aids. By standardizing materials (as much as possible) we will do “minimum makeready” to achieve maximum results — just like Vandercook intended. Bravely bring examples of your worst printing to critique in class.

Vandercook Maintenance
January 7-8
10-5
Limit 12 students

$175 (Members $157) (Add Proof Press Finesse (see above) for discounted total fee of $350 or $332 for members)
Instructor: Paul Moxon
, Sward Visiting Artist
Join Paul Moxon for an in-depth review of the parts and functions of the Vandercook. Learn all the points of maintenance, lubrication and cleaning. This workshop takes you beyond cranking the press and into the mechanical what and why essential for troubleshooting. Paul will explain the differences between various models, so bring your questions, press photos and/or broken parts. Whether you use studio presses, own your own press or are thinking of buying one, this workshop will provide excellent direction for your future press work. Paul will also share examples from his collection of Vandercook literature.

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Chance Operations in the Letterpress Book (Thank You, John Cage)
February 19
10-5
Limit: 10
$95 (Members $85)
Instructor: Robin Price

This fast-paced workshop intended to spark further explorations of the use of chance in creating artists’ books, participants will work collaboratively and solo, mixing choice and chance in structured ways. Some tips on hand type composition and letterpress printing will be part of the ride, but the focus is on a frequently-changing field of potential creation/constraint using printed imagery, small bits of text, and hand-cutting applications. Each participant will individually complete and keep a pamphlet-sewn book. We’ll begin with a non-letterpress warm-up exercise in relinquishing control & responding to what’s placed in front of us. Previous letterpress experience required.

Robin Price, 43 (2009)

Robin Price, 43 (2009)

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Streamlined Style: Contemporary Decorative Techniques for Leather Bindings 

March 19-20
10-5
Instructor: Karen Hanmer
Limit 10 students*
$175 (Members $157) + $40 materials fee

Students will learn a variety of decorative techniques for use on leather bindings. These techniques require minimal equipment, and some can also be applied to cloth or paper. Techniques demonstrated will include: backpared onlays, inlaid lines, stamping texture into leather, feathered onlays, Lacunose (abstract sanded leather collage), various inlay techniques, laminating a paper illustration for use as an inlay, sculptural boards, and transfer of a computer-printed onlay design on paper to leather. Students’ completed set of four goatskin plaquettes together with a detailed handout will be a valuable reference for future projects.

*Pre-requisite: Experience working with leather bindings.

Artist Book by Karen Hanmer

Artist Book by Karen Hanmer

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Variations on the Drum Leaf and Sewn Boards Bindings
March 22-23
10-5
Instructor: Karen Hanmer
Limit 10 students

$175 (Members $157) + $20 materials fee
The sewn boards binding is an elegant, modern adaptation of an ancient binding. The drum leaf binding is modest yet hip, a perfect way to present visual narratives with no sewing thread to interrupt the flow of imagery. Both structures can be dressed up or down with a variety of spine treatments and edge decoration techniques. The books open very flat. They can be constructed quickly, are perfect for edition work, and can be made in a sparsely equipped home studio. In this two day workshop, students will make at least two models, and experiment with various spine wrappers, decorative spine linings, and edge decoration techniques.

Artist Book by Karen Hanmer

Artist Book by Karen Hanmer

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Class Instructors – Bios

Karen Hanmer, Chicago-based binder, book and installation artist exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Recent solo exhibition venues include Florida Atlantic University, University of the West of England Bristol, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (OH). Recent curated exhibition venues include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum of Art, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and The Center for Book Arts (NYC); and traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild, and Les Amis de la Reliure d’Art du Canada.

Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and she serves on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, the peer-reviewed online book arts journal. A complete catalog of her work is available online at www.karenhanmer.com.


Paul Moxon (MFA, MLIS, Alabama) is a studio letterpress printer and an authority on the history and maintenance of Vandercook proof presses. He maintains the website vandercookpress.info and teaches workshops throughout the U.S. He publishes limited edition books and broadsides under the imprint Fameorshame Press. This work is included in several public and private collections; examples can be seen online at fameorshame.com. He is also editor of the American Printing History Association Newsletter.

Robin Price is an artist, letterpress printer and publisher whose work spans the fine press / artists’ books categories. The work of the press, under the umbrella of Robin Price, Publisher (formerly Lavender Armadillo Press) has become a lifelong, interdisciplinary liberal arts education. “A chameleon among book artists” (Connell Gallagher), she seeks out contemporary artists, writers, and artisans with whom to collaborate, striving for synergistic books with extensive diversity in content and form. A major wellspring of inspiration is the purposeful use of chance in creative work, especially as defined by John Cage. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College.

 

IMPORTANT! If you are taking classes here please note the following:

Papermaking:
If you are taking a papermaking class, bring waterproof shoes, galoshes or boots and expect to get wet.

Letterpress:
If you are taking letterpress, bring rubber gloves and an apron and prepare to get inky.

Bookbinding:
For bookbinding classes please bring your own scissors, bone folder, needles, rulers, and X-acto knife on the first day of class and expect to work.

Some classes do have supply lists, and these are either given out at the first class or sent to registered students with your registration confirmation. After your class, if you are unable to pick up your artwork, you may have the Center mail you your work for an $10.00 shipping and handling fee.

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