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FREE Printing Partners Virtual Workshops with the Buffalo Public Libraries!

November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 9, 2020

Our Printing Partners classes are going virtual! We’re shaking things up this Fall and are so happy to say we’re partnering with four local neighborhood Buffalo Public libraries to offer the same hands-on art making opportunities for families…in a digital space!

The program runs for 8 weeks, with classes held each Wednesday on Zoom from 4-5pm. Pre-registration is required. Classes are geared towards students age 8+, and younger children & families are welcome. Together, we’ll create origami and hand-stitched books, prints & more in simple step-by-step virtual classes!

How to attend the Printing Partners virtual classes:

• Pick up a Printing Partners Material Kit from one of four participating libraries (listed below)! Material Kits will be availble for pick up starting Thursday, October 1st. Please check your library’s open hours. Each kit includes all the supplies one participant will need for all 8 virtual classes.

Please register for the program–from there, we’ll send you an email with a link to join each virtual class on Zoom.

• Be sure to download Zoom so you can join us in these virtual classes!

Questions? email [email protected]

October 14 – December 9, 2020
4-5pm on Zoom

(no class on November 25)


Recordings are available the day after the class, and will be available for one week following the original class date.

Class #1 | Origami Dragon Chain Books 

Class #2 | Pop-Up Accordion Books 

Class #3 | Monoprinting with Autumn Leaves

Class #4 | Hand-Stitched Pamphlet Book

Class #5 | Quilling

Class #6 | Collagraph Printing

Class #7 | Kumihimo

Class #8 | Collage Flag Books





What makes a book a book?! In this simple step-by-step class, we’ll discover one possibility of what a book can be! Using repetition, pattern–and always an odd number of pages!–students will use specialty binding tools to make a book as long as they please, with time allotted for personalization.

All materials provided in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included supplies: 
bone folder, glue stick, 6”x6” papers, 3”x3” cover papers, colored pencils, pencil sharpener

10/28 – Monoprinting with Autumn Leaves

There are so many ways to create prints, and in this class we’ll show you a simple way to create highly detailed prints at home using a monoprinting technique…with just paint and a little bit of nature! Students will need to gather a handful leaves (fresh or dried, but not too brittle) in different sizes for this class, all other materials are provided in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.

Included supplies: Test paper, printing paper, paintbrush, paint
Please collect a small handful of fallen leaves, and make sure they’re not too crunchy 🙂

11/11 – Quilling

A very old technique for decorating book covers, quilling is an easy and fun way to create textured images with colorful papers! Utilizing a specialty quilling tool, students will create a quilled design by rolling, pressing and glueing paper strips together for a sculptural 3-D art piece!

All materials are included in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included supplies: quilling tool, paper strips, backing paper, colored pencils, glue, glue brush

12/2 – Kumihimo

Book Arts isn’t just bookmaking & printmaking! The art form also includes types of fiber arts as well! Kumihimo is a decorative Japanese braiding technique, used for everything from jewelry to creating hand-stitched books. Using a template, students will learn this simple step-by-step technique and create a length of braid to incorporate in book making projects, or use however you like!

All materials are included in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included supplies: yarn, foam template, scissors

10/21 – Pop-Up Accordion Books

We’ll create another origami book together this week! Using specialty binding tools, students will fold one (yes, one!) sheet of paper into a book and use scissors, planning, and a little imagination to create fanciful pop-ups! Turn your book into a story, or a sculptural work of art.

All materials provided in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included Materials: book page paper, cover paper, glue stick, scissors, colored pencils, pencil sharpener

11/4 – Hand-Stitched Pamphlet Journal

Building on our bookbinding skills, students will learn about more specialty tools to create a hand-bound book perfect for journaling, sketching, and more! We will be using a needle for this class, young children should be supervised.

All materials are included in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included Supplies: bonefolder, cover paper, inside paper, paper clips, needle, thread, beeswax, scissorscissors

11/18 – Collagraph Printing

Building on our monoprinting class, we’ll learn about another method of printmaking: collagraph!  Collagraph is a basic method of printmaking using a board of collaged materials to print! Students will utilize foam to create and cut out hand-made pieces, ink up, and create a small edition (collection) of prints!

All materials are included in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included Supplies: foam, scissors, colored pencils, glue stick, paint, paint brush, test paper, print paper

12/9 – Collage Book & Celebration!

For our final class, we’ll celebrate all we’ve learned with one final book creation! Students will create a handmade book and incorporate various techniques from the program to create a truly unique piece of functional art! To celebrate, we’ll share our creations and reflect on what we’ve learned in our time together.

All materials are included in the Printing Partners Materials Kit.
Included materials: paper, collage scrapper pack, scissors, glue stick


November 11, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Ruby Merritt