Introduction to Handmade Books
© Elizabeth Castaldo
Introduction to Handmade Books
© Elizabeth Castaldo

Introduction to Handmade Books

Dates: Saturdays, Oct 28–Dec 9, 2023
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on Nov 25 and Dec 2)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Dive into the world of handmade books and learn how to create a unique and tangible object for your photographs. This introductory workshop will cover basic bookbinding formats that you can use to make handmade photo and art books. Students will learn to use the basic tools and materials to create a variety of bookbinding structures, including one-sheet books, pamphlet bindings, soft and hard cover accordion books, drum leaf binding, and a flag book. Don’t know what these are? You’ll find out in this class!

Using a variety of examples we’ll also discuss creative ways to display your photos within these artful objects. Throughout the course, students will receive individualized feedback on their progress and will have the option to develop a personal photobook project that will be shared on the final day of class. This class is ideal for photographers and other artists who want to learn the fundamentals of bookbinding and how to make simple books for their work. There will be a break between the 4th and 5th class sessions to give time to either practice or work on your project.


Please note: When you register, we’ll send you a list of the basic materials and tools you’ll need (papers, exacto knife, etc.) for this class.
This class was spectacular. Liz is spectacular. She is such an organized and patient teacher. I’m so excited to practice and experiment with the techniques she introduced us to.
—Kirsten (Canada)
Thank you for a great class — this is a great thing to be able to do now and I know it’s something I’m going to continue doing.
—David (Westchester)

Elizabeth Castaldo
Elizabeth Castaldo

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder based in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts (New York City) and Printmaker’s Open Forum (Oxford, PA). Castaldo received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking, and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. In November 2020, her solo exhibition, Proximate Magic, was presented at Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. Her work was included in the traveling exhibition, Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered and she organized the exchange portfolio Earth/Mother for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico.” She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons School of Design, Nassau Community College, and the Center for Book Arts. Her work is held in many private and institutional collections including SCAD, Yale University, The University of Alberta, and Carnegie Melon University.

Elizabeth teaches hand-made books for StrudelmediaLive.