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Book Arts Education
- Alcuin Society: Promoting
a wider appreciation of books and reading and supporting excellence
in book design and production. In support of these goals, it sponsors
educational programmes, publishes a journal, and offers a prestigious
award for excellence in Canadian book design.
- American Academy of Bookbinding:
A program that gives professional binders an opportunity to receive
top level instruction without having to study abroad. Primarily based
in Telluride, CO.
- American Amateur
- American Bookbinders Museum:
The only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the history of bookbinding.
Visit in person in San Francisco or online.
- American Printing History
- Anderson Ranch: A former
sheep ranch located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, offers several
first-class bookmaking workshops each summer.
- ArtSchools.com: Search and Compare art schools,
colleges, departments, and workshops.
- Art, Books, and Creativity:
A yearlong arts curriculum developed by the National Museum of Women
in the Arts. ABC provides meaningful arts learning experiences while
highlighting the natural connections between visual arts and language
arts. ABC is a model for integrating the visual arts into the core curriculum
while maintaining a specific focus on the contributions of women artists
to our shared cultural history.
- Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Also
offers classes in the book arts. In Gatlinburg, TN.
- Art Institute
of Boston at Lesley University: Non-credit visual arts workshops
in a variety of disciplines including letterpress, printmaking, and
- Asheville BookWorks:
Hands-on workshops including, but not limited to, bookbinding, printmaking
and decorative paper. Instructors are mostly drawn from the immensely
talented and growing book arts community in western North Carolina,
many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.
- Austin Book Arts Center: ABAC
regularly offers workshops in letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking,
typography, book history and design, and various arts of the book. In
addition, ABAC will provide access to equipment for qualified users
during regularly scheduled Open Studio times. In Austin, TX.
- Banff Centre: The Banff Centre
is an incubator of creativity that inspires and empowers artists, the
mountain community, and business and community leaders from Alberta,
Canada, and around the world. Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains,
the Centre provides a unique learning environment where individuals
and groups pursue personal and professional development, create new
work, engage in applied research, share ideas and experiences, and celebrate
accomplishments through performances, exhibitions, and special events.
Visual arts workshops
- Bay Area Book Artists: San Francisco
group of book artists who expand horizons in the book arts by making
books, organizing exhibitions and maintaining and furthering an awareness
of the greater community of book artists and book arts.
- Black Rock Press at the University
of Nevada, Reno: Dedicated to the practice and teaching of the arts
and crafts associated with the creation of finely printed books.
Wilgenkamp: an artisanal (hand)bookbindery, established 1997 in
Blokker, The Netherlands. We teach in our own bindery, at Elbel Libro
Bindery in Amsterdam and as guestteacher on other locations.
- Book Arts LA: An organization
devoted to bringing the beauty of printing, binding and collecting artists'
and other hand made books to the public. Located in Los Angeles our
1600 square foot space houses letter presses, a bindery and workspace
for up to 20 students.
- Book Arts Museum: A publisher of rare and artistic
books. It has a collection of old printing machines and equipment, matrices.
There is a working paper mill and typefoundery. It organizes exhibitions
and educational courses. In Lodz, Poland
- The Book Arts Press at
the University of Virgina
- The Book
Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library: At the University
if Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Book Paper Thread - Online Workshops: A place to learn the art and craft of the book and paper arts. We’ve joined together from across the country to present our expertise online, in your own home or studio. Instructors are Karen Hardy, Andrew Hout, and Linda Marshall.
- Book Arts Guild of
Vermont: Organized in January 2005, we seek to encourage and educate
our members and the public through workshops, exhibits, fieldtrips and
- Booklyn: Founded in 1999, Booklyn
is an artist-run, nonprofit organization headquartered in Brooklyn,
New York. Our mission is to promote artist books as an art form and
educational resource; to provide educational institutions and the public
with programming involving contemporary artist books; and to assist
artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookwork.
- Buchbinder Colleg:
School for advanced bookbinding and master classes. Instruction in German.
In Stuttgart, Germany.
- California Society of Printmakers:
The California Society of Printmakers is a non-profit arts organization
which promotes the appreciation of prints and printmaking. In support
of this goal, the Society sponsors exhibitions on a local, and national
level, carries out educational activities, and publishes a journal,
The California Printmaker.
- The Center for Book Arts,
Inc.: Current class schedules as well as online exhibitions. In
- Centre for the
Book at the University of Otago: Dr. Donald Kerr and Dr. Shef Rogers
co-direct the University of Otago Centre for the Book. Established in
2011, the Centre aims to promote the rich book heritage of the university,
city, and country (New Zealand).
- Centre for Fine Print Research:
Based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. it shows
some examples of research projects run by the CFPR which examine contemporary
artists’ books. As part of our research we explore many aspects
of the book arts: from the conception and history of the artist’s
book, to creative processes and output, current developments and critical
assessments of the subject. Through our research projects and collaborations,
we hope to widen critical discourse within the book arts field. There
is also a Book
Arts Newsletter published monthly by Sara Bodman.
- Centro del Bel Libro, Ascona
Switzerland: Fantastic study opportunity for fine/design binding. The
conservation program has unfortunately been shut down as of the end
- Cincinnati Book Arts Society: A
nonprofit organization comprised of a group of professionals and amateurs
from all quarters of the book, paper and printing arts for the purpose
of creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts
and those who love books.
- Codex Foundation: The
foundation exists to preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.
Our mission is educational and, in the broadest possible context, to
bring to public recognition the artisanship and the rich history of
College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
- Corcoran College
of Art and Design: New Master of Arts in Art and the Book. Located
in Washington, D.C.
- Craft Guild of Dallas: Bookbinding
classes at the Craft Guild of Dallas, TX.
Arts Workshop: Book arts classes and more. In New Haven, CT.
- Cullowhee Mountain
Arts: Programs to support artists and writers of every skill level.
We are committed to providing exceptional art and writing instruction
in superb facilities in the midst of inspiring settings.
College Book Arts Workshop: A component of the Dartmouth College
Library Preservation Department. In Hanover, NH.
- The Fine Press Book Association:
A new organization recently formed by individuals interested in the
art of fine printing to promote printing skills and the appreciation
of beautiful books. See their blog here.
of Fine Arts: Letterpress and printmaking courses, among many others
from a study abroad program that teducates and encourages students who
will become working artists of significance in local and global culture.
- Frederick (MD) Book Arts Center: we teach the craft and techniques associated with the Art of the Book. Letterpress printing, printmaking, bookbinding, photography, and language arts will be taught through a combination of workshops, field trips, school visits, and classes. All members of the community will have the opportunity to learn, intern, and display work at the Center.
- Freundeskreis Miniaturbuch
Berlin e.V.: Friends of the Minature Book Berlin, Germany.
of Book Workers' Study Opportunities List: US based with some international.
- Karen Hanmer Book Arts: Karen Hanmer Book Arts offers workshops and private instruction to working practitioners and dedicated hobbyists, focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.
- Herringbone Bindery: Erin Fletcher offers workshops and private instruction that focus on traditional hand skills. These workshops are online and cover a range of bookbinding topics.
School of Book & Paper Arts: A comprehensive listing of courses
for all levels. In In Ann Arbor, MI,
- Houston Book Arts Group:
New group in the Houston (TX) area that meets monthly at the Museum
of Printing History, in Montrose. Each meeting typically includes a
hands-on experience with a book structure or other book arts related
skill which you can then take home and practice.
- The Ink Shop Printmaking Center:
A not-for-profit printmakers' center, fine art press and gallery which
offers professional facilities for the making of fine art prints. We
provide a range of equipment, including etching, lithography, proofing
and letter presses, a small darkroom and computer imaging equipment.
In Ithaca, NY.
- Het Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht
(IKA): Art Center in Mechelen, Belgium with workshops in bookbinding
and other subjects. Click on "ateliers," then "boekkunst."
Site in Flemish.
Center for Book Arts: The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is South Florida's
hub for research and instruction in artists' books and book arts topics.The
center revolves around the Book Arts Gallery, which houses the Jaffe
Collection. We think of the space as a hybrid of a library and an art
gallery. Exhibitions, gallery talks, films and performances and our
popular Book Arts 101 presentations all take place inside the gallery
in the midst of this inspiring collection of artists' books, as do university
class sessions and community group tours of the Jaffe Center.
- John C. Campbell Folk School:
Provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life
that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina,
the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults
in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography
- Libros - New Mexico Book Arts Guild:
LIBROS is New Mexico’s Book Arts Guild offering a variety of inspiration
for both traditional and experimental artist’s books. We hold
regular meetings on the 1st Saturday of the month, as well as annual
and special exhibits. We welcome new members and guests.
- London Centre for Book
Arts: London’s first open access resource centre for people
interested in the production of artists’ books and printed matter.
The space will provide workshops and classes for studio members and
the local community, as well as access to hard-to-find equipment and
College of Communication’s bookbinding program: Information
on bookbinding program.
- Maine Media Workshops + College: Located in Rockport, ME, our Book Arts & Design program emphasizes the interplay between word and image, encouraging experimentation at the convergence of writing, photography, and book arts. Delve into the legacy of book arts with classes in letterpress, book structures, digital design, and publishing, covering both traditional techniques and new technologies with online and in-person classes. We have been offering book arts workshops in a dedicated studio since 2014 and offer a Book Artist in Residence program and a wide variety of workshops.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design has one of the largest Letterpress
shops for learning in New England, and the college houses the T.J. Lyons
letterpress collection. Students must be enrolled full-time or in a
Continuing Education course.
College Book Arts Program: Mills College, in Oakland, CA, offers
an MFA in Book Art as well as an undergraduate minor in Book Art.
- Minnesota Center for Book Arts
(MCBA): Workshops for adults, educators, children, and more at this
first rate book arts center.
College of Art: Located in Beverly, MA, Montserrat offers two courses
each in letterpress printing and traditional bookbinding skills, together
with one typography course, form the basis of the program and teach
students the basics of how to make a book from start to finish with
option to earn a BFA with a concentration in Book Arts.
- Morgan Art of Papermaking
Conservatory and Educational Foundation: The Morgan Art of Papermaking
Conservatory and Educational Foundation is a Cleveland, Ohio non-profit
art center dedicated to the preservation of handmade papermaking and
the art of the book. Morgan Conservatory will pursue its educational
and charitable purposes by serving the greater community locally, nationally,
and internationally with sustainable practices in an innovative green
- Movable Book
Society: An organization for collectors, artists, and producers to share information about pop-up books.
- The National Printing Library, London:
The Library's collections cover printing and related subjects like paper
and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy,
illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling, and the social
and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades
- Nebraska Book Arts
Center: To advance critical appreciation and knowledge of the book,
and to promote the arts of fine book production.
- New Jersey Center for the
Book: "To celebrate books, reading, libraries, and the diverse literary
heritage of New Jersey."
- New York Center for the Book and Reading:
Promoting book culture throughout New York State.
Bennet Street School - Bookbinding: the only full-time bench bookbinding
program in North America. The two-year program was started in 1986.
Class meets 30 hours a week from September through June. Only 8 students
are admitted each year. In Boston, MA.
Ombligo del Libro: El Ombligo del Libro es un taller de encuadernación
artesanal cuyos procesos son mejorados cotidianamente. Nos esforzamos
por ofrecer al cliente una amplia variedad de soluciones para proyectos
editoriales y de galería. En su sección de conservación
le brindamos al cliente la confianza y respeto por sus encuadernaciones
antiguas. Nuestra labor docente considera al alumnado como parte esencial
de nuestro espacio motivando un entorno de información abierta
que desarrolle su criterio y su destreza. In Mexico City.
- Oldways Bookarts Tools
and Workshop: Jim Croft's workshop in Santa, Idaho.
College of Arts and Crafts: Links to information about their book
- Paper Trail Arts Center:
We inspire adult amateur and professional artists to participate in
the deliberate play of the creative process.? We advance the cause of
visual literacy by offering quality courses in papermaking, printmaking,
painting, drawing, and book arts in the Decatur/Atlanta, GA area.
- Penland School of Arts and Crafts
- Paper and Book Intensive
(PBI): A great summer experience in the book arts.
at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU): Academic program information
and a links page which features an web based bulletin board for printmakers.
- Pyramid Atlantic:
Dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking,
digital arts, and the art of the book. For more than 22 years, Pyramid
has provided opportunities for the discovery and creation of these fine
arts through imaginative programming for people of all ages, backgrounds,
and abilities. An artist-centered community with an international and
local following, Pyramid Atlantic brings print and paper arts to people
all over the world.
- Rare Book School:
An independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study
of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in
1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in
- Rhode Island School of Design (RISD):
Book arts offered in various programs.
- Save Your Books: Preserve the value of your books with step by step book repair courses taught by Sophia S.W. Bogle. Many courses free.
- Sammlerkreis Miniaturbuch e.V.
Stuttgart: Minature book society based in Stuttgart, Germany. Pages
- San Francisco Bay Area Book Arts
- San Diego Book Arts: an
organization founded by Southern California artists. It is open to everyone
interested in the art of the book and offers a network for information
and education through lectures, workshops, publications and exhibitions.
- San Francisco Center for the Book:
SFCB is a place where you can learn about the many arts and crafts of
the book. Through workshops, exhibitions, and public events, SFCB promotes
both knowledge of traditional book arts and exploration of experimental
book forms. Visit our website to learn more and register for classes.
- Santa Reparta International
School of Art: An independent art school and professional workshop
providing facilities and courses in etching, monoprinting, relief printing,
photography, drawing, digital imaging, book arts, painting, art history,
and Italian language. In Florence, Italy.
of the Art Institute in Chicago Printmedia
- School for Bookbinding
Arts at Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding: Provides training in the
craft of hand bookbinding. Its ongoing series of two-day workshops is
designed to teach techniques that are immediately useful to the student
as well as to create a solid foundation of skills for further bookbinding
study. In Winchester, VA.
- School for Formal
Bookbinding: Founded by Don Rash, fine bookbinder, the school provides
high quality instruction in hand bookbinding within the context of the
German academic tradition that I learned from my teachers, Trudi and
Fritz Eberhardt. Emphasis is placed on the understanding that a successful
hand-bound book is the result of interrelated decisions about structure,
technique and material at every stage of the binding process. In Plains,
- Scripps College
Press Book Arts Program: Letterpress printing and book making program
led by Kitty Maryatt at Scripps College.
- Scuola Intarnazionale di Grafica:
Founded in 1969 and is one of the main centers for Printmaking and the
Artists Book in Venice, Italy.
- Seattle Book Arts Guild: The
largest, longest lived, active book arts group in the Pacific Northwest.
With over 300 members, BAG reflects the wide variety of arts and crafts
sheltered under the book arts umbrella.
- Shakerag Workshops: A small
workshop program, operating for only two weeks in June, in which participants
and faculty members live, eat, and work together for a week on the Sewanee
- SHARP Web: Society for the History
of Authorship, Reading & Publishing. Many links related to the history
of the book, publishing, printing and the bookarts. Subscription
information to SHARP-L.
- Small Press Center: The Small
Press Center for Independent Publishing is a non-profit cultural and
educational institution dedicated to promoting interaction between the
public and small independent book publishers.
- Southeast Association for
Book Arts: Created to promote book artists, scholars, researchers,
historians and aficionados through the interaction and intersection
of the practice, study and patronage of the book. Based at the University
of South Carolina.
- Studio on the Square:
A fully equipped letterpress printing & book arts studio located
on Union Square in New York City offering classes and workshops in letterpress
printing, printmaking, book arts, and bookbiding for artists, writers
and students with all levels of experience.
Manueel Boekbinder Vergulder: In deze opleiding Manueel Boekbinder
doe je heel wat ervaring op. Daarnaast verwerf je inzicht in de verschillende
bind- en restauratietechnieken, in materiaalkeuze en de verwerking ervan.
De opleiding wordt ondermeer afgesloten met de verguldtechnieken. Blog
- Flemish language modular adult training program in bookbinding
aimed at providing the basis for working as an independent bookbinder.
- University of Alabama Book Arts
Program: The M.F.A in the Book Arts Program develops book artists
who have well-honed technical knowledge of the various facets of contemporary
bookmaking, and who have an understanding of the historical evolution
of the book including its materiality, and the role of the book in society.
Of special note on this site are Podcasts by Steve Miller with leading
book artists offering unique insights into their creative processes
and other interests.
Art and Letterpress Lab at the University of Arizona School of Art:
The Book Art and Letterpress Lab has a large letterpress lab, polymer
plate-making facilities, a large collection of wood and metal type,
screen printing and complete bindery. Undergraduate and graduate classes
in book art and visual narrative are taught here.
- University of the Arts Book Arts/Printmaking:
The program offers a a two-year, sixty-credit, MFA Program in which
students explore the book as an art form that incorporates two-dimensional
as well as three-dimensional structure, time and sequence, text and
image. It embraces both the rich history of the book and the new processes
and forms created by digital technology. Its concept of book arts includes
fine-press printing and illustrated texts, visual and verbal narratives,
and works that push the idea of a book toward expressions as different
as sculpture and multimedia. In Philadelphia. Hosts of the transformative
Hybrid Book conference held
June 4-6, 2009.
- University of Idaho Bookarts: Now being preserved
as part of the Book Arts Web. While new resources won't be added I will
be trying to keep the resources and links there, many redundant, up
to date. Please let me know via the "Write" link at the Idaho site if
you have any corrections. This site was one of the first and deserves
to be preserved!
- University of Iowa Center for
the Book. See also the collection of historic
bookbinding models in the Conservation Lab. The Center for the Book
is an innovative, interdisciplinary arts and research unit located within
the University of Iowa Graduate College. The UICB pursues a distinctive
mission, integrating practice in the art of book production with the
study of the book in society. We offer curricula in book technologies
and book history, available to graduate and undergraduate students,
as well as to the eastern Iowa community.
of Maine-Machias: The Book Arts program at the University of Maine
/ Machias, the environmental liberal arts college of the University
of Maine, is co sponsored by the Departments of English and Interdisciplinary
Fine Arts. Courses are taught year round in professional letterpress
and papermaking facilities.
- Visual Studies Workshop: in Rochester,
NY. VSW is an internationally recognized center for media studies, including
photography, visual books, electronic imaging and film.
- Watkins College
of Art, Design & Film: The community education department of
Watkins College in Nashville, Tennessee offers non-credit classes and
workshops in book arts, papermaking, and printmaking.
College Special Collections Book Arts Laboratory: Here, students
learn to set type by hand and print on nineteenth century iron hand
presses. Regular workshops and lectures in the history and practice
of letterpress printing, paper marbling, and book binding are offered
by Special Collections staff to students, faculty and alumnae.
- Wells College Book Arts Center:
Features information about the press, bindery, book arts center and
Dean College: West Dean College , an internationally-renowned centre
for study. The college provides MA degrees, diplomas and short courses
for students of all abilities, from the beginner to the advanced professional
practitioner in many crafts including Books and Library Materials. Near
Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
- Western NY Book Arts Collaborative:
Promotes, encourages and develops printing & book related arts through
programs such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions on all facets of
the printed word and image -- printmaking, papermaking, illustration,
design, writing, binding. In Buffalo, NY.
- Wisconsin Center for Book
and Paper Arts: non-profit, all volunteer artist's cooperative dedicated
to preserving the art and craft of handmade paper. WCBPA was established
in 1985 and is located in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Women's Studio Workshop:
The Women's Studio Workshop's is a not for profit organization supporting
the voice and vision of women artists. We provide professional opportunities
and employment for artists at various stages in their careers.