Past Workshops

To give an idea of the types of workshops we offer, here is the list of workshops from the most recent to as far back as our 2012/2013 season.

Album Structures

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2, 3 & 4, 2017

This three-day courses explores traditional album structures and various ways of mounting photos, documents, and small works of art on album pages. Students will construct a number of albums, as time permits, including a Victorian style album using the checkerboard structure, an adhesive binding, and a stub binding. Stub binding is often used for the storage of documents of unequal length or manuscripts in which writing fills the entire page. Sample pages will be made as well, offering a number of methods for mounting photos, tintypes, or postcards, as well as the use of compensating guards to accommodate the thickness of folded maps or plates.

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Workshop Cost: $180.00 CBBAG members, $190.00 non-members
Material Fee: TBD (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Studio Paul, 132 Carleton Street, Fitzroy Harbour ON (free parking)
Time: 9:30 to 16:30
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/album-structures-tickets-33648191647
Registration deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6 pm


Bookbinding III

May 24–30, 2017 (7 days inclusive)

part of a book, BBIIIThe first day of this course consists of a day of leather paring refreshment. The remaining 6 days consist of BBIII, an intensive course introducing advanced techniques used for traditional leather covered, fine binding structures. It is one of the CBBAG Core courses required to obtain your certificate. Participants make two models, both with sewn headbands, attached boards, and covered in half-leather. The first model will be sewn on recessed cords with a hollow tube construction; the second model will be sewn on raised cords with a tight back construction.

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Workshop Cost: $500.00 CBBAG members, $560.00 non-members
Material Fee: TBD (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Prerequisite: CBBAG Core Bookbinding II and Leather Paring, Instructor approval
Location: Studio Paul, 132 Carleton Street, Fitzroy Harbour, ON (free parking)
Time: 9:30 to 16:30
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bookbinding-iii-tickets-32394426602
Registration deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6 p.m.


“GUERILLA DROP” BOOKMARK EVENT
IN SUPPORT OF ALL THINGS “BOOK”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

An amazing opportunity to print on a letterpress with Hugh Barclay
Saturday May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No fee
Papers provided
Lunch provided (pasta puttanescha)
1 to 4 participants

  • Make tiny “work of art” letterpress printed bookmarks in support of all things “book” and especially the international coalition Al Mutanabbi Starts Here.
  • Make as many bookmarks as you can!
  • Plan to drop your tiny CBBAG art all over the community during the summer!
  • Save or make some bookmarks to display at the CBBAG Book Arts Show at the Shenkman in the fall.

Hugh Barclay is letterpress printer working out of Kingston, Ontario. With panache and spirit, he prints beautiful books by hand, changing the world one metal letter at a time on a vintage printing press. His creative force has been celebrated in Merilyn Simmonds recent book, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint.

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Location: Hugh Barclay Hellbox Press, 241 Glengarry Rd. Kingston ON K7M 3J6
Take the Sir John A MacDonald south exit from the 401, one block after the third set of lights turn right onto Glengarry Rd. Hugh is at the junction of Glengarry and Seaforth.


The Creative Book

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Lean towards experimental and unusual books – made or decorated with unusual media. Books that convey meaning – emotion and narrative in challenging and quirky ways. Artists’ books that possibily lack readable text, but are texturally rich, humorous – irregularly shaped books that can literally stand on their own and display well and then fold up into a convenient flat package. We will start with three basic structures – accordion, stab binding and single section codex – and then play with the possible variations and content ideas on each of the three basic books. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with shapes, pockets, covers, closures, windows, 3-dimensional decorative and calligraphic features. Many items will be on hand to share but if you have your own stash bring it along!

Instructor: Roberta Huebener
Workshop Cost: $70.00 CBBAG members, $80.00 non-members
Material Fee: TBD (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Thursday, March. 30, 2017 at noon


Bookbinding I

Saturdays & Sundays, March 3-4, 18-19, 25-26, 2017This 6-day CBBAG foundation course introduces the variety of tools, materials and techniques fundamental to hand-bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. Sewing structures, paper reactions, making book cloth, tips and tricks will all be covered. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own with a very good foundation or to continue with more advanced studies. For those who have taken Bookbinding 101, this course will delve much deeper into the traditional craft of bookbinding.

Instructor: Spike Minogue
Workshop Cost: $500.00 CBBAG members, $560.00 non-members
Material Fee: $40.00 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Prerequisite: None
Location: Spike Minogue’s Studio, 9585 Hwy 15, Franktown ON. Parking is free, transportation or car-pooling can be arranged.
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 6 p.m.


Thread and Other Embellishments for Books

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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We will explore a variety of alternative embellishments for books including embroidery stitches, needleweaving, couching, creative button work, and alternative materials. We will also touch on polymer clay, use of a heat gun, and more. By the end of the day you will have lots of ideas for further exploration. Visit Anne’s website: http://www.needleartsonpaper.com

Instructor: Ann Warburton
Workshop Cost: $70.00 CBBAG members, $80.00 non-members
Material Fee: $10.00 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at noon


“A Weekend in Japan”

Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2017

weekend-in-japanSave the cost of airplane tickets and immerse yourself in Japanese book binding and the arts surrounding it. Try your hand at suminagashi (ink marbling) and incorporate it into your books. Explore building different book structures, using traditional tools and materials. Build a maru chitsu (wraparound case) to protect your new works. There’s nothing more fun than wandering around a country you have never been to.

Instructor: Stu Hill (Toronto)
Workshop Cost: $120.00 CBBAG members, $130.00 non-members
Material Fee: $10.00 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at noon


Chinese Thread Book

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Learn some simple origami folds using paper and/or cloth to construct a multi-pocket “secret compartment” book based on the traditional needle-and-thread cases of the Miao people of South West China.  Book artists will enjoy the “conceal-reveal” opportunities offered by this versatile structure as well as the possibility to use a variety of fun papers and/or fabrics.

All materials and instructions will be supplied as a kit for a reasonable fee (yet to be determined). We will use various papers to make the book of two layers with eight compartments plus a paper or cloth cover stiffened with book board and wrapped with a cord or ribbon.

Participants may wish to supplement the kit with their own book cloth and special papers (e.g. decorative paste papers, handmade plain or coloured papers, marbled papers – even kids’ paintings or your own in harmonious colours and designs); bring some larger pieces around 30” and others of 12” square.

Bring a cutting mat and bookbinding tools if you have them. For those without tools, CBBAG will supply some for the workshop.

Instructor: Susan Pinard
Workshop Cost: $70.00 CBBAG members, $80.00 non-members
Material Fee: $15 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016 at noon


Basic Pop-Ups

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Learn the basic techniques of making pop-ups with Lise Melhorn-Boe, a.k.a. Madame Pop-up. Start out with cut and fold techniques, such as boxes and V-folds, and move on to attachments, backbones, towers and floating planes. With lots of samples to look at, you’ll soon be ready to make pop-up books or greeting cards.

Each student will need: Scissors, pencil, glue sticks, pencil crayons or fine markers.

Instructor: Lise Melhorn-Boe
Workshop Cost: $70.00 CBBAG members, $80.00 non-members
Material Fee: $5.00 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016 at noon


BOOKBINDING 101

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Learn the basics of bookbinding in this one-day workshop. You will learn the terms used in bookbinding, familiarize yourself with the tools, and create samples of simple book including: stitched pamphlets, a Japanese stab binding and a hard cover book. Materials, safety issues and different styles of bookbinding will be discussed. You will go home with at least four finished books. No previous experience necessary.

Instructor: Spike Minogue
Workshop Cost: $70.00 CBBAG members, $80.00 non-members
Material Fee: $15.00 (paid in cash to the instructor at the workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (1st floor), 172 Guiges Ave, Ottawa (free parking)
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Registration deadline: Thursday, Sept 7, 2016 at noon


WOODEN BOARD BINDING

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wooden board Coptic stitch binding is a non adhesive form of binding that allows a makerto use a variety of woods to cover a book. The book pages will be sewn and attached to wooden boards allowing the maker to create a unique note book or sketch book. Using leftover wood from projects you will learn to select and process the wood and create the structure that will present itself in unique ways. Coptic stitch binding is a strong early structure that allows a book to open flat. We will also look at sewing an end band as well as a traditional coptic stitch end band.

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Instructor: Paul Champion-Demers
Workshop cost: $70 (CBBAG membership required), $80 non-members
Materials fee: $35 (payable in cash to instructor at workshop)
Location: Paul Champion-Demers’ studio near Ottawa, 132 Carleton Street, Fitzroy Harbour ON
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Prerequisite: None
Registration and cancellation deadline: Thursday, March 24 at noon


BOOKBINDING I

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 26, 27, 28, and March 4, 5, 6, 2016

bookbinding I_imageThis 6-day CBBAG foundation course introduces the variety of tools, materials and techniques fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

Instructor: Mary McIntyre
Workshop cost: $500 CBBAG members, $560 non-members
Materials fee: $40 (payable in cash to instructor at workshop)
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. East, Ottawa
Time: 9:00 to 15:30 (Fridays); 10:00 to 16:30 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Prerequisite: None
Registration and cancellation deadline: Thursday, February 11 at noon


ROUNDED BOXES

Saturday, February 13, 2016Rounded Box
This course will show you how to make round, oval or any cylindrically shaped box. All you need is a shape to work from and you can make it into a box. These rounded boxes were initially used to store scrolls to keep them safe. Now you can store anything you wish, even your own scrolls! Bring any shape you wish as long as the diameter at the top and bottom are the same. If you don’t have a shape in mind, no worries, there will be plenty to choose from the day of the course.

Instructor: Spike Minogue
Workshop cost: $70 (CBBAG membership required), $80 (non-members)
Materials fee: $15 (payable in cash to instructor at workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Avenue, Ottawa
Time: 10:00 to 16:30
Prerequisite: None
Registration and cancellation deadline: Monday, February 8 at noon


ENGRAVING AN ILLUSTRATION IN WOOD

Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17, 2016
Create and proof print an illustration in relief from endgrain maple or Resingrave blocks using traditional engraving tools. Plan an approach, transfer the image to the block, distinguish areas of white, black and varying tones, cut the block, and print proofs. If necessary, three engraving tools and an engraver’s sand bag can be provided for an additional fee for each participant. Students may leave their engraved blocks with the instructor for him to print a small edition back at the studio, to be mailed back to participants the following week.24.IMG_0956

Instructor: Larry Thompson, Greyweathers Press
Workshop cost: $110 CBBAG members, $125 non-members
Materials fee: $20 standard; $60 with tools and sandbag (paid in cash to instructor at workshop)
Location: Routhier Community Centre (craft room), 172 Guigues Avenue, Ottawa
Time: 10:00 to 16:30

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Prerequisite: No artistic skill required
Registration deadline: Extended till Monday, January 11, 2016 at noon

 

 


 

sewn board binding

crossed structure binding
sensous book workshop (v. aug 25)

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altered books

paste paper workshop v2

long stitch limp bindings

introduction to wood engraving

Workshop notice: Bookbinding 101

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secret belgian binding

Japanese Bookbinding

paper marbling

decorating with thread

bookclothBOOKBINDING 101 WORKSHOP

Linocut – Part 1

Learn the basics of linocut, tools of the trade, and how to print with and without a press.

Box Making Workshop

Description: Learn basic box construction by completing a simple box with fitted lid. The box is covered in handmade paper and decorated with a gemstone.

Finishing and Gilding Techniques for Woodbindings

Description: Explore finishing techniques for wood bindings such as carving, burning-in of texture, and playing with a Dremel to create texture. You will also use dyes and shellac to add a finish, be introduced to the application of gesso, and learn some gilding techniques on wood and paper.

Linocut – Part 2

Description: Colour registration, reduction prints, chine collé and tool sharpening

Screen Printing on Cloth or Paper

Description: Learn the basic techniques of screen printing using water-based inks on cloth or paper. Create designs using handmade stencils, commercial stencils, or a free-flowing ink-mixking effect allowing the screen to set the design.

Paper Quilt Block Cards

Description: With a new twist on an old art form, we will create one-of-a-kind cards by cutting, folding, and piecing together traditional quilt block patterns using paper and glue instead of fabric and thread.

Paper Marbling

Making beautiful and unique patterns for papers! We will be using prepared papers (with alum) and acrylic paints. Explore a centuries-old art form (aka play!)

Refine your binding

Spend the day constructing a modified case binding and learning ways to refine the look, feel and function of your books. We will review proper tools and techniques, and hopefully break some bad habits. Not suitable for beginners.

Photo albums

Learn some basic bookbinding techniques while constructing a photo album. The model produced is a style that can be modified to suit various sizes of photographs, as well as being a format easily embellished to suit the contents or owner… a great springboard for your imagination.

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