Published January 19, 2024

This is a partial listing of upcoming book arts opportunities at the Virginia Center for the Book.

Paper Marbling w/Sandie Brayman (Instructed)
Saturday, March 2, 2024

A One-Day Workshop in Western Marbling with Acrylic Paints

  • This instructed one-day standalone marbling workshop will guide participants through the process of marbling successively more intricate patterns, as well as time to experiment with your own unique designs.
  • By the end of this class, those who wish to pursue their skills will have the experience and knowledge to do so.
  • Participants can go home with 10-12 sheets of their own marbled paper to use for endpapers, note cards, bookmarks, or wrapping paper.

Workshop Details: Paper Marbling (Instructed)

An additional marbling workshop will follow on Sunday, March 03, 2024

  • A second non-instructed workshop will be offered the following day for those who’ve taken this class and/or are experienced marblers.
  • While Sandi Brayman will supervise this Sunday session, no instruction will be provided!
  • There is a separate fee for this workshop session.

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Paper Marbling (Non-Instructed)
Sunday, March 03, 2024 – 11 AM to 3:00 PM

Perfect your marbling skills during our four-hour session – Open to those with previous marbling experience.
This standalone session follows our previous day’s instructed workshop. 
This class is open to those with previous marbling experience.

  • Note that this is a non-instructed session!
    All equipment, tools, and materials will be provided
  • Sandie Brayman will supervise the session but NO formal instruction is provided
  • Attendees should possess the basic skills of paper marbling.

Workshop Details: Paper Marbling (Non-Instructed)

  • Sunday, March 03, 2024 – 11 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Instructor: No formal instruction (Sandie Brayman will supervise this session)
  • Class Size: Max 8 students.
  • Skill level: Basic Marbling Skill Required (previous marbling class experience OK).
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee for this standalone session: $70 VCB Members / $80 Non-Members
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • Registration closes on March 03, 2024
  • Fees include all materials along with tools available for in-class use.
  • For information about this workshop, the Center, and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

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First Annual Book Arts Members’ Salon: The Ides of March
Details to Come (Center Events Committee)

Friday, March 15, 2024

Details are forthcoming for this member’s social organized by our Center’s event folks.

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Create a Zine Workshop
Saturday, March 16, 2024 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Explore the creation of zines from concept through layout and imposition to digital production.
We’ll start our zine exploration with a look at the Center’s publication “Where I’m From” as a basis for a single-sheet zine fold.
Moving on, we’ll look at more complex forms of zine design and their production.

Workshop Details: Create a Zine

  • Sunday, March 16, 2024 – 11 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Instructors: Lana Lambert, Aran Donovan, and Garrett Queen
  • Workshop Size: Max 10 students.
  • Skill level: No previous zine experience is necessary although basic computer skills will be helpful.
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee for this standalone session: $70 VCB Members / $80 Non-Members
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • Registration closes on March 10, 2024
  • Fees include all materials related to this workshop.
  • For information about this workshop, the Center, and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

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Basil Hall Center Residency in Association w/Kluge-Ruhe 
March 17 – 22, 2024

This program, which coincides with the Festival of the Book, is being planned in association with the folks at UVA’s Kluge-Ruhe Museum.

We expect to host Australian printmaker Basil Hall (with an associate) for a one-week residency here at the Center. 
Daily “drop-ins” to visit with the artists are in the works.

More about Basil Hall and a major donation to the Kluge-Ruhe Museum https://kluge-ruhe.org/basil-hall-collection-of-indigenous-prints/

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Virginia Festival of the Book
Wednesday thru Sunday, March 20 – 24, 2024

This annual statewide event features numerous panels of authors discussing their most current works of fiction and nonfiction. 
Many of the Festival’s events are both presented live and online. 
See https://www.vabook.org/ for additional details.

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Book Arts at the Omni: A Festival of the Book Event
Friday, March 22, 2024 (5:00 – 7:30 PM)

In conjunction with the 2024 Festival of the Book, our Center for the Book, Book Arts Members, will be on hand at the Omni Hotel for the “Festival Friday” Celebration.
We will be offering public demonstrations in the arts & crafts of bookmaking

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Japanese Wood Block Workshop w/Lana Lambert
Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2024

Learn the secrets of printing from the Floating World. 木版画, Moku hanga is the Japanese practice of woodblock printing that was adopted and mastered during the Edo period. Students will be immersed in the world of this amazing process while carving and printing their own practice image of a Taiyaki or baked sea bream cake.

  • Unlike the support of the multi-artisan network of the Edo era print shops, we will be practicing the Sosaku hanga method wherein one artisan carves the blocks, makes the nori paste, prepares pigments, sharpens knives, and prints the edition. There is an art to mastering the flow of this work pace. Students will be introduced to this method by creating a print in the Sumizuri-e 墨摺り絵 style of using sumi ink exclusively.
  • Students will see how Shin-hanga masters created almost photorealistic prints from minimally processed materials available from the natural world without the need for a printing press machine.
  • Come learn the incredibly versatile water-based print practice that can be packed into a travel bag or set up on any tabletop for mobile printing.

Workshop Details: Japanese Wood Block

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Memento Fabric Book Workshop w/Lotta Helleberg
Saturday & Sunday, April 13 – 14, 2024

In this two-day class, we will create a soft fabric book filled with meaning and intention, inspired by our own collection of fabric pieces. We’ll create the folios from simple layered and stitched fabric collages. In the process, we will explore different hand-sewing and embroidery techniques, and we will discuss different ways to stabilize the pages and the book cover for added structure and rigidity. We will also learn different ways to edge the fabric pages and how to create a variety of closures.

Workshop Details: Memento Fabric Book Workshop

  • The workshop fee includes the cost of all materials, except small amounts of personal fabric.
  • The course-provided materials include stabilizers, interfacing, book-binding thread, and embroidery thread.
  • Basic sewing tools will be available for in-class use. We will also provide sewing machines.

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Pressure Printing w/Aaron Cohick
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 19 – 21, 2024

Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking.
When they are combined with the versatility of a Vandercook cylinder press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of
letterpress printing.

  • In this workshop, we will learn the basics of these techniques and then quickly move on to apply them to making multi-color, improvisational compositions with easy
    and accurate registration and painterly approaches to color.
  • We will learn how to integrate traditional letterpress type with pressure printing and collagraph and talk about ways to use digital design and fabrication tools with the processes as well.

About the Instructor:

Aaron Cohick is a letterpress printer/artist/publisher based in Louisville, KY.
His work focuses on the intersection of text, image, community, and collaboration.
He is the founder and proprietor of the NewLights Press, and from 2010 – 2023 was also the Printer of The Press at Colorado College.
Aaron’s work is held in public and private collections all over the world, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Library, the National Library of Australia, Yale University, the Newberry Library, and the Tate Britain Library.
He has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Bemis School of Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Naropa University, and the Penland School of Crafts.

Workshop Details: Pressure Printing on the Vandercook

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 19 – 21, 2024 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Instructor: Aaron Cohick
  • Class Size: Limited to eight/ten students
  • Skill level: Previous letterpress experience helpful but required
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee for Three Day Workshop: $285 VCB Members / $320 Non-Members
  • UVa Staff may be eligible to use their UVa Education Benefit for this class (see HR Guidance) If applying reference #041924 (must use non-member price)
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration
  • The workshop fee includes the cost of all materials
  • Tools will be available for in-class use.
  • Registration closes on April 12, 2024
  • For additional course information and information about the Center and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

The program is, in part, funded by a grant from the Josef and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

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Hinged Lid Box w/Jane Freeman
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Using book board, decorative paper, and book cloth, participants will learn basic box construction and make a 5 x 7 hinged lid box. 
This durable and sturdy construction both sits on its base and stands upright on a bookshelf; it is perfect for housing mementos, jewelry, ephemera, and more. 
Participants will explore options for decorating the box and learn how to calculate measurements to make custom-size boxes.

Workshop Details: Hinged Lid Box

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Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Spring 2024 Session)
w/Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 16 – 19, 2024

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.

  • Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools, shop equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to develop skills in board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.
  • Class 3 starts with an introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics. 
    Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
  • Class 4 is a continuation of class 3.
    Participants will make a second case-bound book. They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.

Workshop Details: Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Spring 2024 Session)

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 16 – 19, 2024 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily)
  • Instructors: Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
  • Class Size: Max 8 students.
  • Skill level: No previous bookbinding experience required.
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee: $400 VCB Members / $450 Non-Members
  • UVa Staff may be eligible to use their UVa Education Benefit for this class (see HR Guidance) If applying reference #051624 (must use non-member price)
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • Registration closes on May 12, 2024
  • All materials are provided along with tools available for in-class use.
  • For information about this workshop, the Center, and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

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Botanical Contact (Eco) Printing Workshop w/Lotta Helleberg 
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2024
Workshop at Instructor’s Home Studio in Charlottesville

We will learn natural printing techniques using locally foraged or found plant materials such as leaves, flowers, and seeds.
The class will provide basic knowledge of botanical contact printing (also called eco-printing) on paper and textiles, focusing on materials that can be incorporated into bookmaking and book art.

  • You will learn how to achieve the best possible print outcome, including how to prepare the materials, how and when to use mordants, and how to select the most appropriate plants for the process.
  • We will also learn how to convert printed fabrics into book cloth. Samples, notes, and recipes will be assembled into a simple hand-bound book during the class.

Workshop Details: Botanical Contact Printing Workshop

  • Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2024
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (please bring your lunch)
  • Instructor: Lotta Helleberg
  • Location: Artist/Instructor’s studio in downtown Charlottesville
  • Location Access Note: Participants will need to be able to navigate stairs. The artist’s indoor studio is on the second floor, and the outdoor dye studio is on the ground level
  • Fee for Two Day Workshop: $265 VCB Members / $295 Non-Members
  • UVa Staff may be eligible to use their UVa Education Benefit for this class (see HR Guidance) If applying reference #062224 (must
  • Registration closes on June 14, 2024
  • Class Size: Limited to eight students
  • Skill level: No previous bookmaking, or natural dye experience required.
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • For additional course information contact: Lotta Helleberg – info@lottahelleberg.com
  • For information about the Center and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

Additional Workshop Notes

  • The workshop fee includes the cost of all materials, except fabric and papers to be used beyond print samples and the class book project.
  • The course-provided materials include fabric and paper for book and sample prints, interfacing, wheat paste, lining paper, book binding thread.
  • Basic tools such as boards, rods, and clamps will be available for in-class use.

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Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Summer 2024 Session)
w/Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 18– 21, 2024

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.

  • Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools, shop equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to develop skills in board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.
  • Class 3 starts with an introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics.
    Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
  • Class 4 is a continuation of class 3.
    Participants will make a second case-bound book. They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.

Workshop Details: Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Summer 2024 Session)

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 18– 21, 2024 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily)
  • Instructors: Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
  • Class Size: Max 8 students.
  • Skill level: No previous bookbinding experience required.
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee: $400 VCB Members / $465 Non-Members
  • UVa Staff may be eligible to use their UVa Education Benefit for this class (see HR Guidance) If applying reference #071824 (must use non-member price)
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • Registration closes on July 13, 2024
  • All materials are provided along with tools available for in-class use.
  • For information about this workshop, the Center, and its programs contact gsqueen@virginia.edu

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