Artist Books: Concept & Making

Artist and artwork
 In their memory
 in their memory
 indignity and resistance
 javelin project
 javelin project
 memory and landscape
 memory and landscape
 MIA museum

Date: June 12-16, 2023 (Summer)
Medium: Paper
Instructor: María Verónica San Martín (email)
Skill Level: All

For this week-long workshop we will focus on how to think and create an artist book by learning and combining different bookbinding techniques from 2D structures (one-page-book and pamphlets) to 3D (dos-a-dos and flag book) along with different printmaking methods. We will start reviewing the concept of what an artist book is and what is not through a live presentation with published artist books and will end up with an exhibition of the creations made. This course contemplates individual and group critiques and is open to every level.

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Undergraduate Credit

Graduate Credit

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Estimated cost for items to purchase and bring: $50


5 Printmaking papers of 22 x 30 in (BFK Rives, Stonehenge, Arches, Somerset white or cream). Decision of each students
Blick, range from $3-6 usd each (20 approx) –
1 large teflon folder - Talas $22.00 –
1 roll of wax paper, any supermarket $3 - 9 usd depending on the brand
1 exacto knife #1 (with extra blades), Blick $4.72
1 Olfa Snap-Off Blade Utility Knife, blick, $10.49 –
1 sanding sponge block, Home Depot or any hardware store, $2.98 –
1 plastic round container (can be any used yogurt container) –
Miscellaneous brushes –
Metal ruler and triangles –
Pencils - Any collages, photos, or previous prints you have done in the past

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

María Verónica San Martín (b.1981) is a Chilean New York-based multidisciplinary artist and educator who explores the impacts of history, memory, and trauma through archives, artist books, installation, sculpture and performance. San Martín was a fellow at the Whitney Museum’s ISP, a scholar at the NY Center for Book Arts and holds an MA from The Corcoran School of Art and Design, GW University, DC (BecasChile).

Her work is part of more than 60 collections including the Pompidou (FR), the MET (NYC), The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (SCL) and the Walker Art Center (MN). She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the New York Immigrant Artist Biennial, a public Art at Rockefeller Center, the Chilean National Archive, the Museum Meermanno, Netherlands, BRIC, Artists Space, and screened at the Queen Museum, New York.

She has participated in international residencies and has been awarded two NYFA and three National Chilean grants (FONDART). She teaches at the NY Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Craft, NC, and is part of the education program of Booklyn Arts as well as a board member.

San Martín has been performing and lecturing her “Moving Memorial” series of artist books, “Dignidad ” and The Javelin Project in museums, public spaces, and cultural centers since 2016. She recently performed at Lincoln Center, had her fourth solo show in Chile at Galeria NAC (Santiago), and launched "Collective Roadmap", a co-curated artist book at the Museum of Contemporary Art also in Santiago. She is currently an Interlude resident (Hudson, NY) while working on a commissioned for the National Museum of Women in the Arts and in her third solo exhibition in the United States at Trinity College, CT.