Book Arts

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Summer 2018 quarter (Full Session)

Taught by

book arts, literature, creative writing

Book Arts is a program for artists, writers, and craftspersons—and anyone who loves books. Students will get to approach the book arts from different angles: as writers, designers, fine-printers, bookbinders, and artists.

In the first session, students will learn the basic skills of the fine craft of letterpress printing. Steeped in lore, letterpress printing is a fantastic skill for poets, writers, graphic designers, lovers of typography, book artists, artists, and printmakers. Drawing on Evergreen's huge collection of mid-century metal type, you will learn to design, hand-set, and print your own projects on Evergreen's Vandercook printing presses. Some basic bookbinding techniques will be covered as student projects demand and time allows. 

In the second session, students will learn hand bookbinding and experimental book-arts techniques. Students will learn the basics of the ancient and modern craft of hand bookbinding, including the adhesive-free methods of coptic and cord-binding and the more modern case-binding approach—along with a variety of creative techniques and creative exercises.

Readings will familiarize students with the history of books and the contemporary poetics of the book form; according to student interest, other readings will emphasize creative writing practice, graphic design, craft, and/or the arts—according to student interest.

Students can register for 6 credits first session, 6 credits second session, or 12 credits for the full session. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

visual arts


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue, Wed, Thu 10a-3p

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning

Special Expenses

Students can expect to purchase a variety of papers and materials of their choosing depending on their final projects. 


$45 supply fee for tools and supplies in second session only.