Try It! The Beginner Book Arts Series: The Versatile Artist’s Accordion (Online)

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Print & Book Arts Studio, Class Code PB081921SC
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  • $65 class price + $5 materials fee
  • $50 class price + $5 materials fee

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Designed for the very beginning Book Arts student, this two-session class will introduce you to the world of handcrafted, artistic books. No other book form offers so many basic skills – so much background information – so many options for variation and personalization – as the Artist’s Accordion.  You will learn things you never even thought of before - about paper, cutting techniques, use of adhesives, design elements, and all the tools Book Artists use to craft unique, creative books.   

In the first session, we will start with an overview of the process we will follow and then talk about the product YOU’d like to create as a takeaway. After an introduction to several tools and skills, we’ll build the book-block (‘bookie’ term for the stack of papers that will make up the book’s pages). We’ll cut the cover-boards, then talk about the options and opportunities for both content and cover designs.   

This topic will be yours to continue through the week between the 1st & 2nd class sessions.  

The second session is where we get creative, to make your books truly unique. We will do a quick review of the What, How, and Why’s from the first session. Then the real fun begins: using the creative process and the skills you’ve learned, you'll embellish, alter, add/subtract, and personalize your basic accordion into a work of art and personal pride.  

We will share ideas and products; and watch a short video of variations that you, with your new skills, can now do on your own.  



  • This class is suitable for beginners, but is open to all skill levels.
  • A materials fee of $5 is included in the price of class.
  • This class will be taught via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A link to join this online event will be sent to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.

Susan M. Callan 
has been a devotee of the whole world of Book Arts for almost 30 years.   

In the mid 2000’s, she was invited to join a 12-artist team, each teaching their own discipline under the auspices of The Creativity Center. In the Center’s 5-year run here on Bainbridge, she discovered the genuine joy of sharing her Book Arts knowledge and skills with enthusiastic students. Since then, she has been teaching and, of course, is still a student, in all aspects of Book Arts, as well as the study of Creativity. 

In 2017 and 2019, she taught classes at the biennial, national FOBA conference (Focus on Book Arts), in Oregon. These classes playfully blended Book Arts with Creativity - an approach she continues to integrate into her BARN classes today.   

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