Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops

Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in exploring bookbinding and calligraphy to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of binding and calligraphy styles and techniques.


Individuals who are new to bookbinding and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional binders to learn new skills. For the most part, calligraphy classes are appropriate for all levels.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Versal caps and gilding

Saturday - Sunday, July 26-27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

Learn the technique of creating beautiful versal capital letters reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts of the past. Although closely related to calligraphy, these letters are drawn and painted, rather than written. Calligraphy experience helpful but not necessary.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, July 28 - August 1
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.
The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bookbinding open workshop

Saturday, August 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED

Instructor: Amy Lapidow & Stacie Dolan
$175

Can't remember the next step ? Have a project but need a bit of help ? or perhaps you simply need to use some big equipment. At this bookbinding open studio day, experienced instructors are available to advise and assist on bookbinding or box-making projects. We warm up with a quick and easy friend-of-a-friend book. The rest of the day, there will be one-on-one coaching. Bring your tools, supplies and ideas. Prerequisite: an introductory bookbinding class

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding II

Monday - Friday, August 4 - 8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Secret Belgian binding

Friday, August 22, 1014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$175

Students construct two variations of a non-adhesive structure known as a secret Belgian binding. This structure is simple and quick to construct. It opens flat and is perfect for blank journals, poetry or short stories.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Italic calligraphy & accordion book

Saturday - Sunday, August 23-24, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

NEW! In this ‘combo’ course students learn to letter in the Italic style using a broad-edged pen and create a 5” x 5” accordion book. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Saturdays September 20 - October 25 (no class Oct 11)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.
The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1

Saturdays & Sundays, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 22-23
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1100

Fundamentals of calligraphic arts 1: Italic and Copperplate lettering, layout and color fundamentals Meeting one weekend per month for three consecutive months, this course provides a solid foundation in Italic lettering, Copperplate script lettering, layout and color. Students benefit from 48 hours of classroom/studio time at the school with continuous instruction. Between classes, students work on projects at home to reinforce learning and skill-building. Italic lettering concentrate on the basic techniques required for understanding how broad-edged pen lettering is done: pen angle, pen scale and letter slope. Through a series of exercises and practice projects, students learn to change the look of any alphabet by altering the pen scale and other elements. During the Copperplate section, students learn how to use a pointed pen to achieve beautiful script lettering, concentrating on optimal contrast between the ‘thicks and thins’ of the script lettering. In the layout and color classes students complete several projects using multiple pen nib sizes on a single project and work to become proficient in the use of gouache for lettering in color. Supplies for this course are about $150 -$200. Prerequisite: None.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, September 22-26
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.
The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Tuesdays, September 30 - December 16 (no class 10/11 & 11/11)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.
The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Classroom Abroad

October 1 - 12, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$5900 PP, $5600 PP/double occupancy

Paris and the south of France We'll fly out of Logan as a group - destination: Paris, France. Perhaps the only thing better than spending some time in Paris enjoying the cafés, shops, scenery and museums in this incredible city, is following it up with a week in the south of France! After three days in Paris, we'll travel by TGV train to the lovely town of Mandelieu in the south of France. Mandelieu has the geographic good fortune to be situated between Nice and San Tropez. In Mandelieu, we'll be staying at Château de la Napoule for one week. To say that Château de la Napoule is beautiful is an understatement (see photo). Located directly on the Mediterranean, the original structure was built in the 11th century. The château was purchased and renovated by an American expatriate couple, Henry and Marie Clews, in the 1930s. After the death of Henry Clews in the 1950s, Marie turned the château into an art foundation. Our accommodations, studio space and most meals will be at the château. Many beautiful sites and cities are within easy reach of La Napoule via regional train (directly across the street from the château). Our days will be structured so that mornings will be spent in guided studio time, with afternoons free to visit nearby cities such as Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Antibbes, San Tropez, and others. Photos and details about previous trips of this itinerary can be found on our website at www.theabbeystudio.com. Remember that it is not a requirement to participate in the studio time - if you have a travel partner (or even yourself!) who is interested in this trip but not the classroom portion, feel free to sign up. The maximum number of registrants is eight people.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Box it Up!

Saturdays November 1 - December 13 (no class 11/15 & 11/29)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

Making a statement, protecting a fragile item or tidying up the bookshelf? Make a box! This class will cover the basics of protective enclosures. Learn which one to use for your project, how to measure so it fits, the materials suitable and how to cover each one. Four different structures in five weeks.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Focus on Case Bindings

Monday – Friday, November 3 - 7
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on case binding structures. Students will learn through repetition while exploring minor changes in technique with each book. Throughout the week, the course covers structural elements, sweing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various tools and equipments. Discussions cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools and adhesives and their properties. Suitable for beginners and those who want to refresh skills.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Paper marbling with Chena River marblers

Saturday - Sunday, November 8 - 9
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Regina & Dan St. John
$440

The first day of this two-day workshop gives students a basic introduction to paper marbling. Learn many traditional combed marbled patterns as well as the basic stone pattern. Prepare your own marbling size and papers for marbling and learn how to make simple combs for independent future use. On the second day, learn additional combed patterns, the beautiful Spanish Moire style of marbling and the Turkish Ebru (Flower Style) marbling.

All materials will be supplied for these classes and students may expect to complete from 20-30 papers during the two-day class.

Regina and Daniel St. John own and operate Chena River Marblers, a bookbindery and craft business in Amherst. Regina has been a full-time professional fabric and paper marbler for the past 19 years. Her work is recognized nationally and she is frequently engaged by bookbinders and book artists to produce a wide range of specific traditional and original marbled papers for unique projects. Daniel St. John is a full-time professional bookbinder and a member of the National Guild of Book Workers.

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Other bookbinding and calligraphy classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Jim Morris. We welcome class  requests.

  • A book of one's own - versatile journal and sketchbook designs
  • A well-appointed desk - practical stationery forms
  • Accordion books
  • Basic paper conservation for bookbinders
  • Book repair
  • Book structures for conservators
  • Bookbinding for teens
  • Bookbinding in america in the 19th century
  • Case binding
  • Cloth case bookbinding
  • Crossed structure bookbinding
  • Embellishing cloth-case bindings
  • Exploring the album structure
  • Girdle books
  • Intro to non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Introduction to marbling
  • Introduction to boxes & enclosures
  • Introduction to hand tooling
  • Introduction to leather
  • Islamic binding
  • Lettering & creating a guest book
  • Limp vellum bookbinding
  • Modernizing historic bookbinding models
  • Non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Oriental bindings
  • Paper conservation
  • Paper dying with plants
  • Paste papers - color theory, production, and matching colors
  • Pop-up books
  • Rebacking bookbindings - paper, cloth, and leather
  • Sewn board bindings
  • The classic leather binding
  • Three month bookbinding intensive
  • Tips and tricks for book and paper conservation
  • Travel journals
  • Caligraphy/guest book
  • Copperplate script
  • Gilding icons and miniatures
  • Hand lettering - five styles
  • Introduction to calligraphy
  • Manuscript gilding & illumination
  • Uncial lettering