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Book Arts + Paper


Book Binding

Learn how to make your own customized Artist Books, Journals, Notebooks and Albums. By adapting historic models from the Asian, Egyptian and European traditions you will learn to make your own books suited for your artistic projects, weather you are a photographer, printmaker, textile artist or writer you can adapt these projects to exactly fit your projects. The letterpress equipment in the Dawson Printshop will be used to print unique title pages or decorative covers for the final project which will be a hard cover book suitable as a diary or studio journal. Tuition includes paper and binding materials for four in-class projects, (notebook,concertina binding, Coptic binding and hardcover journal). Bring scissors,ruler, and pencil to the first class. Students provide special papers, if desired. Class limit is 12.

Registration and withdrawal deadline: February 2, 2017

Course Code: 
ESCR-0111 [Register Online] 
Joe Landry
N100, Dawson Printshop, 1895 Granville Street 
Date / Time: 
Thurs Feb 9-March 23, 6:30–9:30pm (7 sessions)
$275.00 + HST 

Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Unlike many obsolete technologies, letterpress hasn’t vanished. Letterpress has been seized upon by artists, and has been transformed into a 21st Century art-making medium. There’s a letterpress resurrection going on, and you can be part of it. In this introductory course, you will learn type setting by hand, locking up, Vandercook press basics, and ink modification; you will also learn about paper as a receptacle for printing. Class Limit is 15.

Registration and withdrawal deadline: February 1, 2017

Course Code:ESCR-0121 [Register Online]
Instructor:Katherine Taylor
Site:N100, Dawson Printshop, 1895 Granville Street
Date/Time:Wed Feb 8-March 22, 6:30–9:30pm (7 sessions)
Tuition:$275.00 + HST

NEW Bookbinding and Letterpress for Chefs!

In this class you will learn how to make your own Recipe box using the Japanese box making technique. Then you will Letterpress print custom recipe card blanks with your name or the name of the Chef in your life. All materials included. Bookbinding experience is useful but not necessary. Class limit is 12.

Registration and withdrawal deadline: March 16, 2017

Course Code:
ESCR-0126 [Register Online]
 Instructor: Katherine Taylor
 N100, 1895 Granville Street
 Date / Time:
Sat & Sun March 25 & 26, 10am-4pm (2 sessions)
$160.00 + HST


NEW Build-a-Box

Beautify your bookshelf with a hand-made clamshell box! These elegant and eye-catching creations are custom built and traditionally made to protect fragile books. But with a bit of imagination, they can be made to protect photographs, cameras, documents and more! With a minimum of materials, learn how to create your own from start to finish. All materials are provided, all experience levels welcome! Class limit 15. 

Registration and withdrawal deadline: March 2, 2017

Course Code:
ESCR-0128 [Register Online]
 Instructor:Amber Solberg
P214, 1107 Marginal Road
 Date / Time:
Sat, March 11 10am-2pm (1 session)
$80.00 + HST



Contact us:
T 902 494-8185

Mailing Address:
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3J6

Office Address:
5163 Duke Street
4th Floor, Student Accounts
Halifax, NS

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4pm

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