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Spring bookbinding classes at Watkins College

>> Saturday, January 26, 2013

Community education classes are starting back up at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in just a couple of weeks.  In addition to my Introduction to Graphic Design and Typography class (which is already full), I'm teaching two different book arts classes this spring that still have some open spots. 

The first one is a nine-week intro to book arts course, which will cover the basics of bookmaking, plus lots and lots of different handmade book structures.  You'll learn how to make single sheet books, hardcover and softcover pamphlets, multiple variations of accordion books, flag books, star books, photo albums, four different types of books sewn with the Japanese stab binding, an Italian longstitch journal, and more. This class starts in less than two weeks, so be sure to sign up soon!

The second class I'll be teaching is a weekend workshop devoted to the Coptic binding.  In just two days, you'll make your own hardcover journal with an exposed spine binding.  This workshop isn't until March, so you have a bit more time to sign up.  

No previous bookbinding experience is required for either class.  To register, please call the Watkins Community Education office at (615) 383-4848 or register online.  And the view the complete spring course catalog — for classes like clamshell boxmaking, darkroom photography, printmaking, and stop-motion animation — click here

Fold, tear, glue, and stitch:
An introduction to book arts

When: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; February 5 – April 2 (9 weeks) 
Where: Watkins College, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville
Cost: $205, plus $40 materials fee 
Description: Learn the basics of bookmaking and more than a dozen binding styles as you become familiar with the materials, tools, techniques, and vocabulary of handmade books. The course will begin with simple folded structures and build toward intricate and exciting books that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, and sculptural displays. Instruction will cover essentials of paper grain, folded signatures, hardcover and softcover books, and binding by hand. The class will also include the opportunity to view and handle a collection of professionally made examples. You’ll leave with an assortment of your own handbound books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. All tools and supplies included in materials fee.

Handmade journal with Coptic binding

Binding handmade journals

When: Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Watkins College, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville
Cost: $90, plus $20 materials fee 
Description: Learn to bind your own unique and functional book, perfect for journaling or sketching. This two-day workshop will teach the Coptic binding style, which features hard covers, exposed stitching on the spine, and pages that lay completely fl at when open. The Coptic stitch, developed by early Christians in Egypt, remains one of the most popular bookbinding styles. All tools and supplies included in materials fee.


Fidget January 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM  

Hi, Katie! I've signed up for the 9-week course at Watkins and am really looking forward to it. I enjoy your teaching style and look forward to learning more from you. I've also signed up for the workshop on Feb 10. Do we need to bring any materials for that class?
Best Regards,
Carol D.

Katie January 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM  

Hi Carol,

I'm so glad to hear that you'll be taking these two classes! For the class on Feb. 10, you don't need to bring anything if you don't want to. But if you have any of your own bookbinding tools (bone folder, awl, X-acto knife, ruler, self-healing cutting mat, etc.) feel free to bring those. If not, you're more than welcome to use the set of tools I'll be bringing. And for that class, we'll be removing the pages from old books and using the covers for the blank journals we'll be making. If you have a particular hardcover book in mind that you'd like to use, you can bring it with you. But I'll also be bringing a stack of vintage books with me that you can choose from, so you don't need to bring your own.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Fidget January 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM  

Thanks, Katie, for the information. I don't have a particular book in mind, so I'll be using one of yours. Thanks! Look forward to seeing you soon.


Katie January 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM  

Sounds great, Carol. I'll have plenty of vintage book covers on hand for you to choose from to make your journal. See you soon! :)

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