Introduction to Linocut w/Lana Lambert

February 23–24, 2024 10AM – 5PM

Gateway drug to the world of printmaking, linocut offers an accessible entry point for the novice and yet, can still be manipulated with great skill and depth by the old salt printer. Come and learn the potential of this workhorse material. Students will create a veritable Rosetta Stone of linocut techniques that they can keep in their studio to use as a reference as they develop their own preferred block carving style.


Paper Marbling w/Sandie Brayman (Instructed)

March 2, 2024 10AM – 4PM

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.


Paper Marbling: A Non-Instructed Workshop for “Experienced” Marblers

March 3, 2024 11AM – 3PM

All the tools and materials are setup for you to marble away. 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.


Ides of March – Virginia Center for the Book – Book Arts Salon

March 15, 2024 7PM

Make way for Book Arts’ Spring Bacchanalia on March 15, 2024. Come in Costume! –Dress up as a notable person or fictional character from Greek or Roman classical literature, mythology, history, philosophy, or the arts. – Togas, tunics, laurel crowns—whatever “suits” your character. We’ll chat, laugh, drink, nosh, and Guess Who’s Who.


Create a Zine Workshop

March 16, 2024 11AM – 4PM

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.


Book Arts Demonstrations at the Omni: A Festival of the Book Event

March 22, 2024 5PM – 7:30PM

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


Japanese Wood Block w/Lana Lambert

April 6–7, 2024 10AM – 4PM

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.


Memento Fabric Book Workshop w/Lotta Helleberg

April 13–14, 2024 10AM – 4PM

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.


Pressure Printing w/Aaron Cohick

April 19–21, 2024 10AM – 4PM

Learn this unique printing technique during our three day hands-on workshop. 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.


Hinged Lid Box w/Jane Freeman

May 8, 2024 10AM – 4PM

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.


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

May 16, 2024 10AM – 4PM

Join us at the Center for our Signature Introductory Book Binding Workshop. 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.


Botanical Contact Printing Workshop

June 22–23, 2024 10AM

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.


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

July 18–21, 2024 10AM – 4PM

Join us at the Center this Summer for our Signature Introductory Book Binding Workshop 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.


Back To Front: Artists’ Books by Women

October 22, 2023 – March 24, 2024

The Maier Museum presents its 112th annual exhibition Back to Front: Artists’ Books by Women, curated by Martha Chiplis in collaboration with Martha Kjeseth Johnson and Book Arts Member Lyall Harris.

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