18 Jun 2011 SCRAP Workshop: Bookmaking Bonanza for Teachers (& Others) w/ Cathy Miranker
Best for or adults working with kids in Grades 1-5.
Saturday, July 30th, 1-4pm fee: $25
This workshop is a fun introduction to easy appealing books that kids can make by hand, from just-for-the-fun-of-it projects to others with curriculum tie-ins. After a show-and-tell, participants will make up to a dozen book models to take back to their classrooms or libraries. We’ll start with variations on booklets made from a single sheet of paper, including a 3D “house” book that kids can adapt as a fairy-tale house, a castle or other buildings. Then we’ll explore some simple pop-up books, a Yakety Yak book, a rubber band book, a criss-cross binding and Staggered Page books. And, of course, we’ll use some of the fabulous materials at SCRAP for improvisational bookmaking, too!
Cathy discovered bookmaking about 15 years ago and since then has been both a voracious student and a busy teacher. Ten years ago she pioneered the Youth Programs for the San Francisco Center for the Book and secured funding to bring book arts to thousands of students in the San Francisco public schools. Now she is an independent instructor and when not blogging and working with kids and teachers, she experiments with historical bindings and contemporary book forms, and make boxes and protective enclosures to house antiquarian books and ephemera.
About Bookmaking With Kids
Bookmaking with Kids is a blog dedicated to introducing the book arts to children, teachers, librarians, families and community organizations. Run by artist/instructor Cathy Miranker, the blog will be four years old this summer and has nearly 400 posts exploring the whys and hows of making books with kids.
Here’s the “why” in a nutshell:
Kids and the book arts are a magical combination. A book made by hand is the perfect meeting place for artistic expression and literacy. Bookmaking unlocks something amazing in kids—creativity, enthusiasm, a zest for learning, concentration, patience, imagination and lots of talent. It lets kids forge a personal connection to reading, to writing, to making art. It’s endless fun.