Upcoming Collage and Book Arts classes

Pocketful of Identity

©2013 Leah Virsik Pocketful of Identity: Documenting a Trip to LA found papers from a Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, thread, machine-stitching and paint 5 x 4 1/2 x 1/8 inches

The Artist Book: Folding & Binding Basics
4 Mondays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013 | 6:30-9:30 pm

Autobody Fine Art is thrilled to offer another class by artist Leah Virsik. This class is a primer in artist bookmaking. This class will cover some paper folding basics including accordions, books using one sheet of paper, and two different pocket folds. You will develop content using collage and paint and bind your books using a pamphlet stitch. Hand-stitching and embroidery will be demonstrated. These books are great for documenting a trip, visualizing a goal or working with a theme that is meaningful to you.

Please bring an 18″ ruler, cutting mat, bonefolder, scissors, craft knife and if desired, a small amount of collage materials to first class. If you have a square or rectangular transparent ruler or an L-square you may find those helpful. Some materials will be provided. Additional tools and materials will be discussed at first class.

Total Cost: $180.00, payable in advance by check to Leah Virsik at
Autobody Fine Art 1517 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Please address any questions to jacqueline@autobodyfineart.com
Cancellation fee of $25.00


Chicago: Manufactured Memories

©2012 Leah Virsik Chicago: Manufactured Memories found and painted papers and thread on muslin, 10 x 18 inches

Collage: Navigate Your Journey–Mixed Media
6 Wednesdays, June 19 – July 31, 2013 No class July 3 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804 | 510-620-6772
Member: $135.00 | Non-member: $150.00

Document a trip or investigate your everyday life through collage. In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to create a small series of collages, bind your collages into a book or sew smaller collages together to create a larger work. A variety of book structures will be taught. You’ll work with your own meaningful materials, as well as create painted and textured papers and incorporate mixed-media into your work. $30 materials fee. Bring to first class: brayer and painting apron. Optional: acrylic paints, stencils, rubber stamps. Additional materials to be discussed at first class.

Register here or go to www.therac.org or call 510-620-6772

Mini Coptic Books

©2013 Leah Virsik Mini Coptic Artist Books painted papers, found bookboard and thread, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 5/8 inches
Mini Coptic Artist Book–Mixed Media
Saturday, August 3, 2013 | 10am to 4pm
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804 | 510-620-6772
Member: $80.00 | Non-member: $90.00
In this class, you will paint a large sheet of paper and tear it down into pages to bind into a small hardcover coptic-bound book. This book with it’s functional herringbone spine opens flat. Detailed instructions will be included to make more books on your own. Some prior bookbinding experience is helpful. Bring a bonefolder, ruler, and painting apron. If you have a brayer, stencils and awl bring them. $15 materials fee.
Register here or go to www.therac.org or call 510-620-6772

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