The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation is proud to announce more fall and winter workshops than ever before. With a dozen workshops to choose from, we have something for everyone. Don’t let your creativity go into hibernation with the approach of cold weather. We have a host of wonderfully talented local teaching artists offering workshops from calligraphy to pulp painting and everything in between. Come see what the Morgan and these talented local teachers have to offer.
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In this workshop students will learn to paint with pulp using many thin layers of finely beaten cotton fiber. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to pulp paint with multiple stencils, as well as using one stencil reductively. Overlapping and mixing pigmented fiber will create atmospheric, watercolor-like papers, which can be used for printing, drawing or bookbinding.Find out more »
A combination of bookbinding and French cartonnage techniques will be used to construct a multi-compartmented box base from book board. A lid will be added that opens in two opposite directions, thus exposing different interior compartments. This advanced box structure is intriguing to look at, but as it requires repetition of many basic box making skills, it is an excellent project for experienced and novice box makers alike.Find out more »
In this brand-new course, students will be taught how to identify, harvest and fully process native milkweed plants in the Morgan’s urban garden. After steaming, stripping, cooking and beating these long, silky stem fibers, students will set up vats to make paper of 100% milkweed and variants that include abaca and other strong buffer fibers. This is an ideal experience for those who already have milkweed in their gardens or access to abundant plants, enjoy working hard with their hands…Find out more »
Using the graceful italic forms of the European Renaissance as a model, students will explore how the broad-edge pen created the building blocks of Western type and cursive writing traditions. Those who have already worked with calligraphic tools can used this workshop as a brush-up and diagnostic clinic and beginners will be given the skills to begin practicing the craft.Find out more »
In this workshop, students will learn about typesetting, composition, proofing, lockup, inking and cleanup in the letterpress studio. Participants will design and print a limited edition of personalized postcards on the Vandercook SP15 and no. 4 proof presses. They will have access to the extensive collection of movable metal and wood type and image blocks available for use in the Morgan’s Print Studio.Find out more »
Delve into the world of origami corrugations! This abstract and somewhat improvisational approach to paper folding yields beautiful, faceted arrays whose beauty stems from the interplay of light and shadow on the surface of the paper. Students will learn a particular folding technique that employs a system of recursive and reﬂective pleating, yielding interesting and often stunning paper sculptures. Artists may also ﬁnd ways to apply corrugation folding to other media, such as book making, printing, and photography.Find out more »
In this introduction to paste paper, workshop participants will use acrylic paints suspended in paste to make decorated papers. Both historic and contemporary techniques will be explored and students will have ample time to produce beautiful papers to be used for bookbinding, box making, gift-wrap paper, collage or stationery. This low-cost, low-tech method of paper decoration can easily be done at home.Find out more »
The Piano Hinge book structure is a combination of a concertina spine with signatures sewn into it and reinforced with a hinge. The hinge spans the entire spine and when the pin that holds the front and back covers together is removed, an illustration or image is revealed. Participants will create a book with blank pages that can be filled in later, while concentrating in class on making the hinge structure with its hidden and surprising concertina.Find out more »
A medieval binding comes into the 21st century to create a beautiful soft cover journal with a leather reinforced spine and a simple closure. There are many variations of this basic binding technique, but all are ideal for travel journals and small sketch books. The woven spine adds strength and protects the sewing threads, so your journal will last a lifetime. No bookbinding experience is required for this workshop.Find out more »
With one sheet of fine handmade paper from the Morgan, at least one miniature book with a matching slipcase can be produced. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn how to bridle single sheets together for an elegant exposed spine binding. With the same paper, a 3-piece paper slipcase will be constructed to house the miniature book (or books!). At the scale of a matchbox, one sheet will be enough to construct multiple books, though there is…Find out more »
Throughout human history, plant material has been a source not only of food, shelter, and clothing, but brilliant and subtle color. In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn the particularities of how handmade paper accepts dyes from plants cultivated in the Morgan garden (dahlias and marigolds) or used in kitchens (onions and pomegranates). Through tests of various papers and natural dyes in combination with mordants and binders, workshop participants will leave with a range of colored papers…Find out more »
Participants will learn how to make a tunnel book which will be able to stand by itself through the use of a paper engineered slide. This structure is most useful in exhibition display. Students will begin by constructing a model from pre-cut pieces then use their skill and imagination to make their own unique tunnel book.Find out more »