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Classes and Workshops for Schools, Libraries, Community Centers, Museums, and Other Venues

San Diego Book Arts is committed to introducing artists of all ages to the delightful world of handmade books. Our goal is to offer a hands-on experience with simple as well as complex structures. The subject matter of these books can be generated in the workshops or brought in by the participants. There is a tangible product to appreciate and to take home. Most materials for the workshops are provided.

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Upcoming Workshops

Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library
5188 Zion Ave., San Diego, (619) 533-3970
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Project: Mothers's day book, ages 5 – adult

Some of the Classes We Offer

My NameMy Name
My Name: An accordion alphabet book about your name
Dimensions: 4"h x 3.5"w, 8 panels for accordion (28 " long)
Age: 5 to adult; time: 1 hour


Rooms of My HomeRooms of My Home
Rooms of My Home:
An accordion book about the rooms in your home.  Cut the cover in the shape of a basic home using thin cardboard and cover with some nice paper to decorate.  Use each panel of the accordion to draw and color some aspect of the rooms.
Dimensions:    5"h x 3.5"w, 8 panels for accordion (28 " long)
Age: 5 to adult; time: 1 hour


Hello OceanHello Ocean
Hello Ocean: 3 pop up pages. Drawings and writing about a journey.  Consumer packaging cardboard covered with theme paper for covers.
Dimensions: 4.25" square
Age: 8 to adult; time: 1 hour


A Monster Party

A Monster Party: 3 pop up pages. Drawings and writing about a monster going to a Halloween party.  
Dimensions: 4.25" square
Age: 8 to adult; time: 1 hour


Growing Green BeansGrowing Green Beans

Growing Purple Beans: A step book about growing in the garden starting from seeds and harvesting the beans. Uses 3 pages to create the steps and ribbon for binding.    
Dimensions: 9" h x 8.5" w
Age: 5 to adult; time: 1 hour
Variations: Book about solar system, book about growing up


A Heart Is a Flower

A heart is a flower: A flag book with hearts and flowers—made for Valentine’s day. Accordion fold is used to attach flags. Has a poem printed inside.
Dimensions: 5.5" h x 5"w
Age: 8 to adult; time: 1 hour


Holiday Starbook
Holiday Starbook Ornament Mini-Workshop: Learn to make a 3-D star book using colorful cardstock and holiday postage stamps. The finished book measures 4" x 2" and can be displayed on a tree or ornament stand.
Age: 10 to adult; time: 2 hours


Origami Gift Box
Origami Gift Box and Note Cards Mini-Workshop: Come for an afternoon and learn how to make a versatile origami gift box and notecards that fit neatly inside. Fold your way to the perfect gift item.
Age: adult; time: 3 hours


Origami Gift Box
Origami Gift Box and Photo Card Mini-Workshop: Fold yourself a useful and beautiful gift box that can accommodate photo card holders or an accordion book. Learn 3 origami fold sequences and you will always have a gift ready to give.
Age: adult; time: 3 hours