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At Laurel Ridge Studio for the Book Arts, we provide instruction in bookbinding and letterpress printing fundamentals; instruction is available for group study and for individuals.  You can schedule private study, studio time, or group classes. The book arts studio is designed to maximize individualized attention for those who choose to Student setting typestudy or apprentice with us; therefore, we accommodate a maximum of 6 students in any formal class. 

Sessions are also open to writers and fine arts students who wish to collaborate on advanced book design and execution to further their experience of the book arts. 

Both a book arts internship and a 15-week semester curriculum is available to colleges and universities who wish to offer a book arts experience as an elective offering for Fine Arts or Creative Writing majors.

Contact us to discuss your project ideas and rate information.

An on-site loft apartment in our geodesic dome is available for those who wish to join us from start to completion of their project.


Bookbinding Fundamental Techniques  BA 100

Description: Focuses on beginning techniques for binding adhesive book structures: grain, cutting binders board adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with cloths and decorative papers.
Production: Students will create one hard backed Western style 2-piece case binding with cover slips.
Students: Bring a spiral notebook, blank book or journal to be covered.
Time: 1 day; 4-6 hours.
Materials: $50
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Bookbinding Fundamental Techniques  BA 110


Description: Focuses on beginning techniques for binding adhesive book structures: sewing signatures in a text block, sewing on tapes, paper grain, cutting binders board, adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with cloths and decorative papers.
Production: Students will create one hand-sewn journal or pamphlet bound in a Western style 3-piece case binding with cover slips.
Students: Open to All
Time: 1 day; 8-10 hours.
Materials: $50
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Japanese Book Structures BA 200


Description: Focuses on creation of basic functional Japanese-style book structures: stab binding a text block to its cover, various stab binding techniques, adhesive joints, grain, cutting binders board, adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with Japanese silk cloths and decorative papers.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 or 110.
Production: Students will create one accordion book, flutter book, or stab binding structure.
Time: 1 day; 6-8 hours.
Materials: $50
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Western Book Structures BA 300


Description: Focuses on creation of hard cover, 3-piece Western case binding (quarter-binding; half-binding styles) with sewn text block. Sewing signatures, cutting binders board, adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with cloths and decorative papers.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 for Artists/Photographers or BA 110 for Writers.
Students:  Class is for writers who want to bind 32-64 pages of their work. For artists or photographers who want to create a portfolio for a selected watercolor or print (maximum size 11” x 14”).
Production: Students will create one hard cover book or portfolio.
Time: 3 days; 24 hours.
Materials: $70
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Western Book Structures BA 400


Description: Focuses on how technique changes for handling large format hard cover, 3-piece Western case binding (quarter-binding; half-binding styles) with large sewn text block. Sewing signatures, cutting binders board, adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with cloths and decorative papers; applying large book text format to hard covers.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 or BA 110 or BA 300.
Students:  Class is for those who want to progress with their techniques to bind large text blocks.
Production: Students will create one hard cover book, foil stamped.
Time: 3 days; 24 hours.
Materials: $70
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Book Arts Collaborative  BA 500
Student sample

Description: Encourages interdisciplinary collaboration between writers and artists/photographers to create a series of images and bind them into a Japanese accordion or Western 3-piece book or 3-piece portfolio wrap structure.

Typesetting of text is done by hand using foundry type and letterpress printed on archival papers.

Digital pre-press work can also be converted into photo polymer plates for letterpress. 

Art is created in the studio via intaglio, wood block, linoleum block, or line engraving relief printing methods. 

Requires previous instruction in techniques: creation of hard cover, 3-piece Western case binding (quarter-binding; half-binding styles) with sewn text block. Sewing signatures, cutting binders board, adhesive techniques, miter cuts, working with cloths and decorative papers.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 for Artists/Photographers or BA 110 for Writers.
Students:  Class is for writers who want to bind a 32-64 pages of their work. For artists or photographers who want to create a portfolio for a selected watercolor or print (maximum size 11” x 14”).
Production: Students will self-design or collaborate to create multiple copies of hard cover books; or broadsides bound in a portfolio wrap.
Time: 4 days; 32 hours.
Materials: $100
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Introduction to Box Making: Japanese Portfolio Wraps   BA 600

Description: Advanced workshop to create one of a series of Japanese portfolio box designs to cover existing book structures. Japanese silk and decorative papers.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 or BA 110 or BA 300.
Time: 2 days; 12 hours.
Materials: $50
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Introduction to Box Making: Slip Case  BA 610


Description: Advanced workshop using Western 3-piece case bookbinding fundamentals to create custom slip cases to protect the students’ existing book. Useful for protecting heirloom and rare books.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 or BA 110
Students: Bring 2 existing books.
Time: 1 day; 6 hours.
Materials: $50
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Introduction to Box Making: Clamshell Conservation Boxes   BA 620


Description: Advanced workshop using Western 3-piece case bookbinding fundamentals to create custom archival conservation boxes to protect the students’ existing book. Useful for protecting heirloom and rare books.
Pre-requisites: BA 100 or BA 110 Student setting type
Time: 2 days; 12 hours.
Materials: $100
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Letterpress Printing  PR 100


Description: Features hand typesetting and using letterpress printing presses.  Hand typesetting fundamentals include: the “Point System” of type measurement; kerning, setting blanks, selecting leading and spacing; using the California Job Case; using the composing stick; and distributing type. Select either a 10-20 line printed poster or 5 x 7 printed cards as the focus of the project.
Pre-requisites: None
Time: 2 days; 12 hours.
Materials: Supplied
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Letterpress Printing  PR 200


Description: Continue with letterpress fundamentals including principles of type proportion and balance when using Roman/serif and Gothic/sans serif type families and fonts; continued use of the California Job Case; the composing stick; proofing galleys, proofreading, correcting type galleys, distributing type, page imposition and locking up forms for the press. Select either a 4-page folio or 6-page gatefold as the focus of the project.
Prerequisite: PR100
Time: 4 days over 2 weekends; 20-24 hours
Materials: Supplied
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


Letterpress Printing  PR 300
Stent at the Vandercook

Description: Continue with letterpress fundamentals Press registration for printing in multiple colors.  Select from either a poster or 4-page folio as the focus of the project.
Prerequisite: PR100
Time: 4 days over 2 weekends; 20-24 hours
Materials: Supplied
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.


15-Week Semester Intensive BA 700


Description: Undergraduate and master’s level art students will work with fundamental book arts such as sewn and adhesive bookbinding techniques, hand typesetting and letterpress printing to design and create a variety of historical book structures. The course includes introduction to the following structures: Coptic Codex Bindings, Japanese Stab Bindings, Japanese Accordion Folds, Western Portfolios and Wraps, Western 3-Piece Case and Hanging Gallery Books.  Students will also collaborate in letterpress poster design.
Applied art includes: Woodcuts/Linoleum Block, Relief Engraving, and Intaglio.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to create 2-dimensional art.
Time: 15 weeks (3 credit hours), 90-hours; Fridays; September through December
Materials: $150 to $200
Materials fee is in addition to tuition for each course. Contact us for rates.

 

 


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