• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Mixed Media & Collage

This course examines the forms and function of books, zines, editions, multiples and printed matter across various disciplines in contemporary art and the relationship between an artist book and the artistic process. The course provides an overview of the development of the book as an idea and as an object from the 1960s onwards. In this class, students will learn how to make, print and bind various types of softcover books: zines, accordion fold, pamphlet stitch, perfect binding and unique folded structures. We will also address the ephemeral nature of other printed matter including pins, totebags, prints, posters and objects that encompass ‘artist multiples'. No previous bookmaking experience is required.

Note: Basic computer fluency is required.

Winter 2021: 6 Weeks: Tuition: $275

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Jessica Thalmann has been teaching at TSA since Spring 2018. She is an artist, curator and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University and has worked at numerous galleries in Canada and the US. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, Akin Collective, MacLaren Art Centre, Toronto School of Art, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has shown at various venues in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flash Forward Festival, Gallery TPW, Angell Gallery, Art Spin, Hashtag Gallery, Whippersnapper Gallery, Nuit Blanche, the Artist Project, VIVO Media Arts Center, Aperture Foundation, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of New York and Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
051Jessica ThalmannFeb. 23, 2021 to March 30, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
6-week courses$275.00

What you will learn

  • Hands-on demonstrations will develop basic technical skills in bookmaking including design of structures/bindings and layout
  • Learn the history and provenance of artist books in contemporary art
  • How to complete an artist book from concept development to editing, sequencing, layout, design, and making a physical photobook (aka dummy)
  • Understand connection between form and content with the physical nature of books

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

  • PVA Acid-free glue or Elmer Glue Stick
  • small/medium Bulldog clips (or heavier duty Trigger Clamps or C-clamps)
  • small paint brush or sponge brush Scissors
  • awl (medium duty made of metal not plastic) 
  • metal ruler with cork backing (at least 18 inches)
  • exacto knife (scalpel) with extra blades (Number 11 blades) 
  • bone Folder (small)
  • large cutting matte (at least 20 inches wide)
  • acid free white artist tape (Proartist, get ½ inch if possible)
  • embroidery floss or waxed linen thread
  • bookbinding needles
  • pencil