Book Arts Workshop

We offer the unique opportunity to work with historical equipment through traditional and contemporary methods. Not only can you explore the arts and history of bookbinding, printing and typography, but also express your ideas and research in tangible form.

What can you do?

  • Schedule of Events.
  • After taking Letterpress Orientation, you can stop by during Open Studio times listed to the right.
  • Email for questions or ideas on possible projects or collaborations.

What will you learn?

  • Letterpress printing with metal/wood type, as well as polymer relief plates
  • Bookbinding, origami and papermaking
  • Imagemaking and printing methods both digital and analog
  • Creating posters, cards, coasters and more
  • Making hand-bound journals, hand-made books of writing or artwork, pop-up books, boxes and almost anything involving paper
  • Printing images from low relief objects such as a wood or linoleum blocks, leaves, feathers, plastic plates, electronics boards and more. (We’re willing to experiment!)
  • Prototyping products using paper and cardboard

Who can join us? 
We welcome all levels of printing and bookbinding experience, including:

  • Students looking for help creating projects for classes
  • Students looking to create tangible products outside of their classes
  • Faculty looking to collaborate on a hands-on experience or project with their students
  • Non-students (faculty, staff and community)—with the understanding that Dartmouth students receive priority

Working with the Book Arts Workshop

The Book Arts Workshop is currently open for in-person curricular activity by appointment only. To make an appointment use this link: Book Arts Appointment and select “Book Arts Workshop In-Person Appointments”.
For remote or non-curricular consultation and instruction use the same link and choose "Zoom (online)".

We’re more than happy to meet with you and help you with your projects—and we appreciate your patience and cooperation! You can also email if you have questions or want to talk about an idea.

Be sure to check out our schedule of events (to left here where it says "Register for one of our classes") for bookmaking workshops and visiting artist meet-ups! You can also join our listserv to get weekly updates and information about things going on in the world of book arts.

If you're looking for bookmaking tools and supplies, the Book Arts Workshop and Colophon Book Arts Supply have teamed up to create a tool kit just for you. Go to their website and look up the Book Arts Workshop Kit or just click this link: Book Arts Workshop Kit at Colophon Book Arts Supply. This kit will be useful for class work or projects just for fun. It’s not limited to curricular courses.