Book Art · Workshops

Well, that was fun…

Taught the first set of the in this series of cool Zoom paper engineering classes for Center for Book Arts.

Was trying something new, so I was very nervous. What I did differently in this class was, instead of filling the time with lots of instruction, I showed one thing. Okay, maybe two, but the second thing was a variation of the first. The structure was a pop-up that was made by using a constraint, which guided the way the paper moved. After showing a few things, we worked on what I taught, then worked pretty much independently for quite a while before I started teaching again.

I was able to share some of my favorite tips about decoration, showed more variation on the same structure, and then it was time for show and tell.

My favorite thing that I worked on was a second version of a lollipop farm. It opens really well, making it look like lollipops are emerging from the earth. People tried out all sorts of inventive ideas of their own, going in directions that would have never occurred to me.

I very much wanted people to enjoy the relaxed, playful nature of the class. A number participants were people who had worked with me on-line before. One person was a far more accomplished artist than me. One person knew me from following this blog (hi Leslie!), and the rest were taking a chance. Everyone seemed really happy. Then most of them signed up for another class in this series, so, yeah, I guess they enjoyed what we did together.

Next set of classes will be making the Magnificent Unlikely Pop-Up Bird. There will be an evening option and an afternoon option. What I like about this bird is that its wings are a canvas for decoration. I use cut paper, Prismacolor pencils, and, sometimes, gold sticker paper to create these. Participants will print out their own pdf template, which they will then personalize. People will be using their own materials, or they can choose to buy a packet from me for the class.

If anyone is interested in joining me for the Magnificent Bird project, I will teaching it on Monday evening EST, July 19, and Thursday afternoon EST July 29.

Hope you’re all having a good summer. I am. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Well, that was fun…

    1. I don’t know exactly what CBA’s policy is about selling access to the classes. I was recorded. Contact the Center to ask about purchase. If you have a group that would like to put together for a class that I teach live, let me know, and we can talk about it.


      1. Thanks for your reply. I will check with CBA re that class possible availability. Also, it’s great to know that you are now teaching live.


      2. I’ve always taught live, but mostly in schools where it’s closed off from public access. I’m enjoying the way zoom lets me directly interact with a whole different part of the world.


      3. Yes, Zoom or similar platforms are amazing, in my opinion. Over the past year I have come to prefer online classes–no travel, etc. Now my personal preference. I realize many prefer live classes, of course! However, Zoom type platforms seem like a great frontier for inclusivity re global reach, eliminating travel matters, doable during pandemics and more 🙂

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