Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts


Workshop Series

Image Below: Andrea Dezso, The Day We Changed Our Lives

The Day We Changed Our Lives by Andrea Dezso

Fall Workshop: Saturday, October 13,, 2018 from 10-4

Tunnel Books with Andrea Dezsö

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

Luther-Bonney Hall 424

Registration limited to 13

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When popped open tunnel books reveal miniature, multi-layered worlds viewers can peek into as into dioramas. Structurally, tunnel books belong in the same family as carousel books and toy theaters and were extremely popular during the Victorian era. In this class students will create a fully developed one-of-a-kind artists book of their own design, based on a four-layer, hand-cut and assembled single scene tunnel book developed by Dezsö using either a subtractive (paper cutting), an additive (collage) method or a mix of the two;
Students will learn to rapid prototype by first creating a tunnel book model to understand the form, followed by creating their fully developed books. Students will be encouraged to consider composition, layering, materials and to treat form and content as an interdependent whole as they create their one-of-a-kind tunnel books. All levels welcome. 

Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist's books, embroidery, cut paper, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and public art. Dezsö's permanent public art has been installed in two New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at CUNY BMCC Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö's mosaic in the New York City subway was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts.
Dezsö exhibits in museums and galleries around the world.
She is Associate Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and maintains studios in NYC and in Western Massachusetts.

Workshop Materials:

  • Self healing cutting mat
  • XActo knife or Olfa utility knife
  • UHU glue stick or double-sided tape or glue dots or other non liquid glue
  • Graphite pencil and pencil sharpener
  • Straight ruler and right angle triangle ruler
  • Bone folder
  • OPTIONAL: students may bring their own preferred collage materials, color pencils, markers, etc. 
  • Lunch ( there will be time for lunch- you may want to bring your lunch as there is no where on campus to buy lunch on Saturdays.)

You may want to attend Andrea’s lecture the day before-

Lecture: Friday, October 12,2018 at 4:00 PM

Building A Sustainable Visual Art Practice presented by Andrea Dezsö,

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Image Below: Andrea Dezso, The Island Come True

The Island Come True by Andrea Dezso



Fall High School Workshop: November 10, Saturday,1-3:45 PM

Storytelling with the Accordion Book with Angel Simoneau

The Pope Book Arts Prize for High School Students

(12 students selected by regional high schools for merit in the arts)

Luther Bonney 424

Throughout history, humans have told stories to entertain, share knowledge, and illustrate events of the past with words, text or imagery. In this workshop, you will explore story-telling and bookmaking in a whole new way. Accordion books are a relatively simple structure for a book that gives many options to expand in all directions. They can be long, short, tall, and wide, but they always fold up easy. We will be exploring illustration, page layouts, and pull-outs to create a story within an accordion structure. We will also make a few test books to get familiar with the multiple variations of accordion books and everyone will have the opportunity to choose their preferred structure type. Out of all the different methods we use to tell stories, writing and books have almost always worked together, but for this workshop our goal will be to tell a story without the use of words! What is a story that you would like to share?

Angel Simoneau holds a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Book Arts from University of Southern Maine. Her work primarily consists of manga, which is the Japanese word for ‘comics’. During her college career she was able to explore Book Arts and apply her knowledge and passion with manga in the books she created. Her favorite book format is the Accordion. Often, her books focus on her experiences and the various places she has visited, primarily Japan in 2015 and France in 2017. Teaching is Angel’s primary source of enjoyment and accomplishments in life. She has worked with all ages and hopes to one day have an art classroom of her own where book making and drawing are explored in various ways.

Please bring the following supplies:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Favorite image clippings (select and bring ten, they can be copied from a book, the internet, in color or black and white)
  • A book or story that you love
  • Metal Ruler (preferred 18 inch but 12 in is ok)
  • Any coloring materials you like to work with (inks, watercolors brushes, pens, markers)
  • Scrap papers that you can collage with
  • Glue stick, glue bottle
  • An apron (optional- we may get messy; so this might be helpful but you can wear something you don’t mind getting dirty as well.)
  • Have written on a piece of paper three story ideas that are your own

The following will be provided:

  • Scrap paper for test books ( 4 12” long by 3” high per student)
  • Artists paper for final book (2 sheets of 14” long by 5” high per student)
  • Mixed media paper pad (size: 9 x 12)
  • Collage materials
  • Book Binding Glue
  • X-Actos with blades (3 total)
  • Small, dull knife (5)
  • A selection of markers, watercolors, inks and brushes
  • Magazine clippings
  • Story prompts 

Image Below: Book by Angel Simoneau '18

Book by Angel Simoneau 



Spring High School Workshop: March 30, 2019, 1-3:45 PM

Fun and Funky Book Forms! with Jill Osgood

The Pope Book Arts Prize for High School Students Students

(12 students selected by regional high schools for merit in the arts)

Luther Bonney Hall 424

In this class we will make a precious round accordion book with buttons for covers, and a lovely map fold inspired by vintage advertising. Participants are encouraged to bring any patterned paper, artwork, photographs, or paper ephemera dear to them to decorate their books.

Jill Osgood was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire in 1960. Growing up in the woods of New England, her parents instilled within her a sense of wonderment and respect for the natural world that has guided her perspective as a human being and defined her work as an artist.

In 1980 she moved to Portland, Maine to attend art school. She has lived and worked in Portland ever since, continuing to make art and growing deeper roots in Maine. In 2017 she received her BFA with honors from the University of Southern Maine with a concentration in painting and a minor in book arts.

Jill is thrilled to share her knowledge of paper craft as a teacher, most recently working with Portland first graders via the non profit Side x Side. Currently she is enrolled in the year long intensive Maine Master Naturalist Program, delving deeper into Maine’s remarkable flora and fauna. Having the opportunity to cultivate an appreciation and knowledge of art while encouraging curiosity to students of all ages is Jill’s primary desire. 

Tools Required:

xacto knife with extra blades

Self healing cutting mat

Markers, Ink, pencils for decorating your books

Other supplies will be provided

Image Below: Arctic Dreams, Jill Osgood '17

Arctic Dreams



Spring Workshop: Saturday, April 27, from 9 AM-4 PM, 424 Luther Bonney Hall

Paper Marbling with Dan and Regina St. John, Chena River Marblers

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

Registration limited to 16

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This workshop is a basic introduction to paper marbling with acrylic paints. It includes paint, bath and paper preparation. Participants will marble in full-size professional trays and will learn how to use a series of precision marbling combs to create papers in a dazzling array of patterns and colors. One day of marbling is never enough, but it is guaranteed to bring joy!

Image Below: Paper Marbleing by Chena River Mabelers

Chena River Paper Marbleing

Dan and Regina St. John at Chena River Marblers, are practitioners of the art of marbling. This wondrous process involves the capturing of an intricate pattern from the surface of a liquid. The marbler creates these patterns by applying and manipulating colors on the liquid’s surface until the desired pattern is established. The pattern is then caught permanently when paper or fabric is briefly laid onto the surface of the patterned liquid. Each marbled piece is one-of-a-kind as the marbler must start afresh for each new print.

Visit chenarivermarblers.com

Students will need to bring:

Apron and wear studio appropriate clothes.

Very comfortable shoes are important as there is a lot of standing.

Please also bring your lunch because there is nothing on campus available on Saturdays.


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